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Walk to Rubiases (CP)

Gumba

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
So forward planning here.. I have seen some pics of the stage to Rubiases and it looks like a bit of a killer. So, on a scale of '1'and 'the walk into Zibiri (CF)' where would you rate ths stage? Does the very rocky trail go up or down or both? I read there is an alternate way to the top via the road - has anyone walked to the top (and down again) via the road? Would love to hear the thoughts and opinions (and reasurance!!!) of those who have done it,

thanks
 
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trecile

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Year of past OR future Camino
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
It was my hardest day on the Portuguese, but it was also a long day for me since I started that morning at Casa da Fernanda, and it was about 31 km to Rubiães. It wouldn't have been as difficult if I had started at Ponte de Lima that day and tackled that hill when I was fresher.
I actually stayed in São Roque, which is slightly before Rubiães.

You can compare the stage profile on Gronze vs the stage profile into Zubiri. Click on the "Ver perfil de la etapa/View stage profile" link under the map.




 
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CF14
LePuy/CF(21?)
Aussie Camino15
WHW15
CP16
CdelN Fin/Muxia18
GGW StCuthWay HadrWall CotswoldWay19
We walked from Ponte de Lima to Rubiaes this day, about 18kms. It was four years ago but don't remember the path being to bad, because of the shorter distance we just took our time. Pat had a bit of waiting for me to catch up!
Some photos from the ascent and at the Alto de Portela Grande. Great views from the top. Can't remember what the path was like on the way down and into Rubiaes and we don't have any photos. Don't remember it being anything like the descent down to Zubiri.
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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
The uphill is a killer, but there is no such horrible downhill after it, just a "normal" one.
It was an interesting day for us in 2017. We had a horrendous time going up. it wa slong, difficult, rocky. We got to the top of Alto da Portela feeling so depleted we layed on the ground for some minutes before being able to drink water or eat.
But then, I think the adrenaline was pumping so hard after that walk that we had some bread, salami and walked much further then we expected. I even cancelled my booking for that day (which I made thinking of the difficulty of this stage) and we kept walking.

Who knows how your body will react to that? You will have to go there and check :) I wouldn´t go via the road. The view from the top is amazing.
 

martyndeh

Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Ingles 2013, 2014 Camino portugese 2015,2016
Camino fisterra 2017
I am in my seventies and walked from Ponte de lima to Ribiaes 4 or so years ago on the Portugese. It was raining very heavily and a stream rushed down the hill among the large stones. I had a full pack and didn't consider it too challenging. Leaving the Albergue at Ribiaes you walk over a Roman bridge which shows you the age of the trail!
 
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jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Year of past OR future Camino
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
Quoting from my live thread:

We didn’t find the 400m ascent to Alto da Portelo to be very steep or difficult. The descent was trickier because logging was taking place on the path as we were walking, so we had to wait several minutes to pass the machine and then had to clamber over several tree trunks that were blocking the entire trail.

Rubiães seems like an unusual place to be so popular as an end-of-stage destination. The town is just strung along the through road and while there are quite a few albergues and other pilgrim accommodation options (more than listed in Gronze), there’s little else, so if you want to walk further, there’s nothing really keeping you here.
 

frbobs

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Frances-(2014)
Camino Portugues-(2017)
Camino Madrid (August 2019)
So forward planning here.. I have seen some pics of the stage to Rubiases and it looks like a bit of a killer. So, on a scale of '1'and 'the walk into Zibiri (CF)' where would you rate ths stage? Does the very rocky trail go up or down or both? I read there is an alternate way to the top via the road - has anyone walked to the top (and down again) via the road? Would love to hear the thoughts and opinions (and reasurance!!!) of those who have done it,

thanks
Walked the Portugues in 2017, and remember that hill distinctly, it is ALL rock. I found it to be a difficult climb (but, I think, not too long), I don't remember the descent being that difficult at all. I don't know about a road alternative, but parallel to the rock path (in the woods), there's a path used by the people collecting sap from the pine trees (you'll see the bags hanging off the trees). I didn't take it because there was no way of telling if it went all the way up, or how far off it veered from the Camino. Turns out, it goes all the way up, and spits you out on the top, right where the Camino is. I can't vouch for what it's like, but if I went again, I think I would try it. The top is awesome, by the way. Besides the view, it was like a little party up there, everyone so happy to have made it, and there's a big well with delicious, very cold water. Enjoy! Bob
 

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camino.ninja

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 5 6,16,17,18,19,20
Primiti+Salvador 19
Portug. 17,18,20
Catalan 17
Norte 17
Plata 18
So forward planning here.. I have seen some pics of the stage to Rubiases and it looks like a bit of a killer. So, on a scale of '1'and 'the walk into Zibiri (CF)' where would you rate ths stage? Does the very rocky trail go up or down or both? I read there is an alternate way to the top via the road - has anyone walked to the top (and down again) via the road? Would love to hear the thoughts and opinions (and reasurance!!!) of those who have done it,

thanks

If you walked Camino Frances you do not have to wory at all. On a warm day it can be a bit of a struggle. But otherwise nothing to wory about.

Here it is, The Portuguese vs. The French.

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Elle Bieling

Elle Bieling, PilgrimageTraveler
Year of past OR future Camino
A total of eight in the past 6 years!
Here's my description of the day from Ponte de Lima to Rubiães, from my journey, including the elevation profile and lots of photos on both sides of the climb, taken in 2017. I thought the descent would be a bit tricky if it were wet. An 18 kilometer day may not be enough for some, but it was enough for us.
 
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Walking Lover

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Year of past OR future Camino
CdS from Leon to Santiago, June 16, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
So forward planning here.. I have seen some pics of the stage to Rubiases and it looks like a bit of a killer. So, on a scale of '1'and 'the walk into Zibiri (CF)' where would you rate ths stage? Does the very rocky trail go up or down or both? I read there is an alternate way to the top via the road - has anyone walked to the top (and down again) via the road? Would love to hear the thoughts and opinions (and reasurance!!!) of those who have done it,

thanks
Much harder than to Zuberi.
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2018
I walked to Zubiri in 2016 and to Rubiães in 2018. The stage leading up to Rubiães is definitely the most vertically challenging on the CP between Porto and Santiago, but that isn't saying too much. There was nothing on that Camino to compare to the more challenging days on the CF. My recollection was that the downhill, while certainly there, wasn't as steep or challenging as it was to Zubiri. It certainly didn't do as much damage to my knees. But, to be fair, I was in better shape in 2018 than I was in 2016, and that may have affected my perception of things.
 
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances/SJPP '15,'16,'18,'19,('20)
Way of St. Francis, Italy 2017
Portuguese/Finisterre 2018, 2019
If you started in SJPdP the walk to Zubiri is hard because it follows the day(s) over the Pyrenees. I would definitely recommend staying in Ponte de Lima the night before Rubias. It is a delightful town and you won't be doing a long day along with the climb. I have walked it twice and my recollection is that will steep, it wasn't long compared to the harder climbs on the Frances. Just have plenty of water, stop when you want and rest at the top. I can't remember the details but there is a cross/monument; Cruz dos Franceses, well known as the spot where Napoleon’s troops were ambushed during the Peninsular War saving Portugal. The downhill is not memorable.
 

Gumba

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2022
Thank you everyone, for your wonderful comments.

Does anyone have any experience with winter walking? Are we likely to see snow? Ice on the ground? Will we struggle to find accommodation? Our preference is private accommodation - all the way, if that is possible.

thanks again.
 
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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Thank you everyone, for your wonderful comments.

Does anyone have any experience with winter walking? Are we likely to see snow? Ice on the ground? Will we struggle to find accommodation? Our preference is private accommodation - all the way, if that is possible.

thanks again.
No experience in Winter walking, sorry.
When we walked in 2017, we stayed mostly in private accommodation, and there was plenty of options. Even on the areas where we stayed in albergues, there were small inns or hotels available.
We had no issue to find very nice places for affordable prices (for 2 people) all the way from Porto to Santiago. Not sure how it will be post-covid, but at the time it was very easy.
 

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