Nacimiento del Rio Ason

Ramales de la Victoria / Parque Natural de los Collados del Ason, Cantabria, Spain

About Nacimiento del Rio Ason


Hiking Distance: roadside (view); < 1km round trip (to base)
Suggested Time: 15-30 minutes (to base)

Date first visited: 2015-06-14
Date last visited: 2015-06-14

Waterfall Latitude: 43.20487
Waterfall Longitude: -3.58837

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The Nacimiento del Rio Ason (or more accurately el Nacimiento del Río Asón with the accents) was a dramatic waterfall attraction where an impressively tall waterfall framed the Asón Valley.

It was probably one of the most beautifully-situated waterfalls in Spain, as far as we were concerned.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_024_06142015 - The Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall
The Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall

And even given the subdued flow upon our visit (apparently we came too late in the season to see this waterfall gush), it was still a dramatic sight.

The amazing thing about this waterfall was that this was literally where the Asón river began as its name would suggest (nacimiento means “birth” in Spanish).

The river was said to empty out into the Cantabrican Sea (Mar Cantábrico) near the town of Colindres.

Anyways, we would’ve given this waterfall a substantially higher score with better flow, but I guess that gives us hope that we might return one day to see this place under better conditions.

Experiencing the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall from the Road

We were able to experience the Nacimiento del Rio Ason Waterfall in a couple of ways.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_073_06142015 - Descending lower into the Asón Valley to get this view of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall and the farm at the valley's base
Descending lower into the Asón Valley to get this view of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall and the farm at the valley’s base

The first method was the obvious way, which was to view the valley and the Nacimiento del Rio Ason from the mirador (lookout) at the end of one of the hairpin turns on the CA-265 road.

From this vantage point, we were able to see the waterfall and the valley below.

However, for more direct valley shots with the falls off to the side (including a red-roofed farm which was a nice photo subject in this landscape), we needed to walk up or down the road from the switchback.

We only had to walk towards the center of the length of the switchback to get the right viewing angle as you see in the photo at the top of this page, but that’s only provided that the trees didn’t get in the way.

Experiencing the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall from the Base

The second method of experiencing the Nacimiento del Rio Ason Waterfall was to get right down to its base.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_050_06142015 - The path descending to the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall required walking down the narrow driveway on the right
The path descending to the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall required walking down the narrow driveway on the right

I was able to do this by hiking from one of the switchbacks on the CA-265 road (see directions below) towards a driveway.

This driveway took us down from the main road itself towards the farm that we had noticed earlier on when viewing the valley from higher up the road.

There were small brown arrow signs pointing the way to help guide us down the right path.

A short distance down this driveway, I then followed another arrowed sign pointing right into heavily vegetated terrain.

This trail involved a short creek crossing before hugging the base of the cliffs supporting the Nacimiento del Rio Ason.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_057_06142015 - The rough and rocky scramble taking me closer to the bottom of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall
The rough and rocky scramble taking me closer to the bottom of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall

The trail was a little on the rough and rocky side, but it was pretty well-defined and short enough for me to ease up on the difficulty rating.

Once at the bottom of the falls, the waterflow looked more substantial from close up than it did from further away at the mirador during our visit in June 2015.

It appeared the trail kept going along the valley, which suggested that there might have been even more ways to experience this falls.

However, I was pretty content with my view before I headed back up to the car.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_068_06142015 - Looking up from the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall
Looking up from the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall

Like with the other waterfalls we had seen in this part of Northern Spain, it seemed like its best waterflow was during the Winter and early Spring months.

That said, we also might have been a little unlucky with the lack of rainfall for much of the Spring season prior to our visit.

Authorities

The Nacimiento del Rio Ason Waterfall resides in the Parque Natural Collados del Asón near the Valle de Soba in the province of Cantabria, Spain. It is administered by the Parque Natural Collados del Asón. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_013_06142015 - As we were driving down into the Asón Valley from its top, we noticed cattle grazing along its steep slopes, which kind of took away from what could have been a real surreal landscape, but this place was still beautiful nonetheless
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_014_06142015 - About to descend down the switchbacks of the Trollstigen-like CA-265 road as it dove into the head of the Valle de Asón
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_018_06142015 - Looking over a farm in the Asón Valley towards the Nacimiento del Río Asón from its mirador
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_019_06142015 - Broad view of the Nacimiento del Río Asón from its mirador
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_043_06142015 - View of Nacimiento del Río Asón from further down the road near the next switchback after the one with the mirador
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_047_06142015 - Direct look at just the Nacimiento del Río Asón and the picturesque cliffs framing it
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_071_06142015 - Descending the driveway leading to the farm down below at the head of the Asón Valley and en route to the base of the Nacimiento del Rio Ason Waterfall
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_051_06142015 - Shortly after descending on the driveway, we then saw this arrowed sign leading us into the bush trail leading to the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_058_06142015 - The trail hugging the base of the cliffs responsible for the drop of the Nacimiento del Río Asón
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_060_06142015 - Looking up towards the Nacimiento del Rio Ason Waterfall as I approach closer to its base
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_063_06142015 - Looking up towards the top of the drop of the Nacimiento del Río Asón from standing near its bottom
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_064_06142015 - Looking across the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón
Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_070_06142015 - Right by the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón was another arrowed sign suggesting that the trail kept going

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We visited the Nacimiento del Rio Ason Waterfall shortly after visiting the Cascadas del Rio Gandara.

For directions on getting to the Cascadas del Río Gándara, see that page’s directions.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_004_06142015 - Looking down into the Asón Valley from a mirador at the top of the cliff before the CA-265 road made its descent into the valley
Looking down into the Asón Valley from a mirador at the top of the cliff before the CA-265 road made its descent into the valley

This was part of a long loop drive that began and ended in Bilbao.

From the Cascada del Río Gándara, we continued driving on the CA-256 road due south (then curving west to north as it became CA-265) for 3km to a mirador at the head of the valley.

The road then descended a series of switchbacks, where at about 2km beyond the first mirador, we reached the third switchback, where there was the Mirador del Nacimiento del Río Asón.

There didn’t seem to be any official spots to park the car here, but the switchback was wide enough that we parked on the shoulder as much as we could to stay out of the way of traffic.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_041_06142015 - The signposted mirador del Nacimiento del Río Asón, which was on one of the wide switchbacks on the Road CA-265. There didn't seem to be formal parking spaces so we scooted as much as possible to stay out of the flow of traffic
The signposted mirador del Nacimiento del Río Asón, which was on one of the wide switchbacks on the Road CA-265. There didn’t seem to be formal parking spaces so we scooted as much as possible to stay out of the flow of traffic

Continuing another 330m, we encountered the next switchback (the last one).

Here, we once again parked the car as much off the flow of traffic as we could, because this was where the short scramble to the base of the waterfall started.

There didn’t seem to be an officially sanctioned place to leave the car.

Once we left the car, we then walked downhill for a few paces to get onto the driveway that would ultimately lead us to the trail for the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón.

Nacimiento_del_Rio_Ason_036_06142015 - Looking down towards the context of a lower switchback (topleft corner of this photograph) where we'd park the car and seek out the way to the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall
Looking down towards the context of a lower switchback (topleft corner of this photograph) where we’d park the car and seek out the way to the base of the Nacimiento del Río Asón Waterfall

Note that if you’re going in the reverse direction from what I’m describing (i.e. via Ramales de la Victoria, then south on the CA-265), the first switchback would be the closest one to access the base of the falls.

And the next switchback would be where the signposted mirador would be.

Finally, for some geographical context, Bilbao was 101km (over an hour drive) west of San Sebastián, 159km (over 1.5 hours drive) northeast of Burgos, 336km (over 3 hours drive) east of León, and 402km (4 hours drive) north of Madrid.

Checking out the falls and picturesque valley from three different vantage points including the mirador itself


Examining the falls from its base

Tagged with: ramales, victoria, collados del ason, parque natural, natural park, cantabria, spain, bilbao, burgos, waterfall, ason



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