Picón del Fraile (Las Machorras)

Start Town Altitude Elevation Gain Length Gradient Difficulty Rating
Las Machorras 1,614m 796m 14.7 km 5.4% 644 ****






Picón del Fraile from Las Machorras - Cycling Profile

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Climb Description

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.



The scenery is more barren on this side than the northern climb from Cantabria, but it is still a truly spectacular climb and should be towards the top of the list to ride if you are in the area.


Picón del Fraile from Las Machorras - Castilla y León Cycling Climb

The top part of the climb has spectacular views






Roads & Traffic

The road is in fairly good as far as Puerto de Lunada. It is fully asphalted but it is quite a rough and bumpy surface. After turning off towards the top of Picó del Fraile, the surface is in very good condition.

There is very little traffic on the climb throughout the year.




Alternative Routes

Picó del Fraile can also be climbed from Cantabria in the north, starting from the village of Linto. The climb is longer and much more scenic from this side.





Nearby Climbs


Collado Espina

Puerto de La Sia

El Caracol

Alisas






Cycling Holidays

We don't currently run any tours that include the climb to Picón del Fraile. If you would be interested in customizing an itinerary to this region, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss the options.

You may also be interested in the links below to some of the tours that we currently run nearby.




Monte Igeldo - San Sebastian
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,290 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

Rioja Vineyards
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Self-Guided Cycling Holiday
Length: 7 Days
Level: Difficulty Easy to Medium
Price: from €1,240 EUR
*Bike Hire Included

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