We have divided the route into two levels: the green one, which is more accessible, without technical areas and with less slope, and the red one, which has several technical sections. Both share the vast majority of the route, with small sections in which they are temporarily separated.
Both circuits will have their epicenter in the Plaza de San Pedro de Galdames and will share several common sections, such as the beginning to Pico la Cruz, Gasterantz and the Montes de Triano area (Goiuriz and Mina La Elvira).
They will both set off on the path known as GR 281, passing through the Akendibar district, where you can see and appreciate its oak grove and hermitage, as well as discover part of the history of the Battle of Somorrostro.
We will continue to gain meters of altitude along the trail, until it is completed. Next, we will have to overcome several meters vertically, at which point the circuits separate for the first time. The red circuit will cover the entire vertical section until it reaches the miniature replica of the Gorbeia cross, while the green circuit will go out onto the path that comes from Collado Aldape, which is more affordable to reach the base of Pico la Cruz.
At this point they meet again, continuing to the forest next to the Gasterantz, where we will enjoy the panoramic views offered by the Eretza and the Larrea pass (and even, looking beyond, Sierra Salvada).
At the exit of the forest, we will continue along a small path below Ganeran, until we reach Giuruz and then the area of mines and chasms of Mina Elvira.
After a new separation, the green line will turn left and take the descent that will take us to the Laia district before reaching the finish line around the Plaza de San Pedro, while the red line will continue along the road passing through Montes de Triano to Sauco. At this point, we will face the descent to Urallaga and its cave, the famous La Magdalena cave.
We will continue to gradually descend through small eucalyptus forests to the La Aceña region and we will connect a final stretch of road next to the quarry, until the end of the route.
Distance: 12 Km
Grade: 650 m
Itinerary type: Loop
Estimated time: 2-3
Type of terrain: Tracks, concrete roads, trails and asphalt
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