Cruz de Hierro (Santa Colomba)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Santa Colomba 1,510m 511m 13.2 km 3.9% 242 ***






Cruz de Hierro from Santa Colomba - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

Cruz de Hierro (Iron Cross) is best known as being 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.

This climb from Santa Colomba follows the traditional Camino route. It is an enjoyable ride with pleasant scenery and some great views near the top. Cyclists looking for a challenging climb may find the Cruz de Hierro too easy, and would be advised to combine it with a tougher ascent in the area - such as Llano de las Ovejas.

Cruz de Hierro is nearly always open from late March 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.


Cruz de Hierro from Santa Colomba - Castilla y León Cycling Climb

The Iron Cross marks the top of the climb






Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in fairly good condition, although is slightly cracked in places. There is little traffic on the climb throughout the year.




Alternative Routes

Cruz de Hierro can also be climbed from the west, starting from Molinaseca. This is the more challenging side.





Nearby Climbs


Llano de las Ovejas

Piedrafita

Puerto de Lumeras






Cycling Holidays

Cruz de Hierro is climbed on our Camino de Santiago cycling holiday.

Find out more in the links below about this and other holidays that we run in north-west Spain.




Hospital de Orbigo Bridge
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,090 EUR
Picos de Europa National Park
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Medium to Challenging
Price: from €1,130 EUR
Lagos de Covadonga
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 8 Days
Level: Difficulty Challenging-Hard
Price: from €1,130 EUR