Cruz de Hierro - Molinaseca (Castilla-y-León)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Molinaseca 1510 915 19.8 4.6 731 ****

Cruz de Hierro - Molinaseca Profile
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This is the more challenging side of Cruz de Hierro. The most challenging section comes just after the village of El Acebo de San Miguel. The last few kilometres are essentially flat.

Roads & Traffic

The road is in fairly good condition. It is fully paved and is fine for a road bike, but it is a bit rough in places.

There is little traffic on the climb throughout the year.

Climb Description

Cruz de Hierro - Molinaseca

Cruz de Hierro (Iron Cross) is best known as the highest point of the Camino de Santiago - the great pilgrimage route across northern Spain. You can find out more about the history and symbolism in our article about the Cruz de Hierro.

The climb from Molinaseca runs the opposite way from the Camino, but it is the more challenging and rewarding ascent from a cycling viewpoint. The highlight is the view that you get across to the Montés de León mountain range.

Cruz de Hierro is nearly always open from April to November. During winter it depends whether or not the road has been cleared. Often it will only be cleared as far as the last villages.

Other sides

Cruz de Hierro can also be climbed from the east, starting from Santa Colomba. This is the classic ascent of the Camino de Santiago.

Nearby Climbs

Llano de las Ovejas
Puerto de Lumeras


Cruz de Hierro from Molinaseca can be climbed as an optional extension on our Ancares & Somiedo self-guided cycling holiday. It is also descended on our Camino de Santiago cycle tour.