Picón del Fraile (Cantabria)
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Picó del Fraile from Linto is a long climb, but the gradients are steady as far as the Puerto de Lunada. After turning off towards the radar it becomes more irregular, but still with no really steep sections until the final 500m.
Roads & TrafficThe road is in fairly good condition. It has been re-laid and is slightly bumpy in places, but for the most part it is good for riding.
There is very little traffic on the climb throughout the year.
Picó del Fraile is a pleasant climb up to a military radar station situated on the border between the provinces of Burgos and Cantabria. It is essentially two climbs in one as you first climb to the Puerto de Lunada, before turning off on the road to the radar - which is situated on the peak of the mountain.
This is by far the more scenic side of the climb, with spectacular views amidst the bright green hillside as you climb up to the Puerto de Lunada. The climb goes through the Collados de Asón Natural Park - not one of the most famous mountain ranges in Spain, but one which looks almost Alpine in appearance, with winding roads ascending through rounded mountain peaks.
After crossing the border into the province of Burgos (Castilla-y-León), the scenery becomes less colourful but no less spectacular, but it is a worthy extension to reach the radar at the top of the climb - offering great 360 degree views.
Picón del Fraile is nominally open throughout the year, although short term closures in winter are quite common due to snow.
Other sidesPicó del Fraile can also be climbed from Burgos in the south, starting from Las Machorras. The climb is shorter and less scenic from this side.
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