Mountain bike riding at Elimendi
| 17,4 km desde Muez
||2h y 6mt
||BTT,a caballo y a pie
A mountain bike route through several beautiful areas of the Guesalaz Valley
- This trail consists in a tour between different entities of the Guesálaz Valley, integrating sections of old roads used in the marketing of salt. In this way the design of the route can be customized according to personal interests, the time available, the starting point, etc.
- This trail can be done by bike, on foot or on horseback. The slope is 529 metres.The route is circular shaped, with a variant – that has basis points of reference of the villages of Muez, Arguiñano and Vidaurre, although the route, through a variant also connects with the village of Irujo. The complete circuit Muez-Vidaurre-Muez without visiting Irujo, totals 17.416 kilometres and inevitably it includes a crossroad that we have to cross. The circuit via Irujo adds another 5.30 kilometres on the trip.
- In Muez and Irujo, Arquiñano and Vidaurre we can enjoy fountains, wash houses, chapels and ancient mansions such as at the crossroad of Muez. The impressive panoramic views of the surrounding mountains such as w Artesa or Elimendi, likewise reaching the foot of the summit of Elimendi (1,133 metres) where we recommend a stop to contemplate the panorama.
This route crosses a Roman bridge built in the twelfth centure in Vidaurre.
On the tour we can see huts and shepherd’s shelters, testimonies of grazing and transhumance
Descripción completa del recorrido
It is a circular route with different possibilities of taking as reference the villages of Muez, Arguiñano and or Vidaurre, although its route, can have a variant, making it shorter, connecting with the village of Irujo.
The full circuit is Muez-Vidaurre-Muez, without visiting Irujo, 17.40 kilometres in length inevitably includes crossing two crossroads which we need to take.
- The variant of passing through Irujo adds another 5.30 kilometres on the trip. If we start at the information panel of Muez (at the exit of the village towards the mountain), next to the last houses of the village and a lamppost, the route descends along the path that is located in front until we reach a crossroad with a new concrete track.
- From this crossroad you can see the crossroad of Muez and a signpost with three arrows. We leave them to the right (the path that we will return by), and we follow the signs taking the path to the left, crossing a stretch of concrete track. The route runs along different trails of consolidated land and crosses various streams (all crossings are indicated with markers) reaching a path on the left (indicated on a post with arrows) climbing to the village of Arguiñano (identified by the heights of Artesa or Elimendi, a mountain in the shape of a trapezoidal).
- Taking this path (that passes through grass and grain fields) we arrive at the village Arguiñano, where we can see another information panel with information about the route.Following the green marks in the centre of the village, we come to a crossroad with a signpost indicating the way to go. We take the path to Vidaurre, climbing forest trails towards the Andía mountain range, circling the top of the mountain.
- Later, the tour continues descending (leaving the Artesa Mountain to the right). After a stretch of going downhill we arrive at a metal gate, that we have to cross to arrive at the village of Vidaurre a few meters below.
Again we follow the green marks painted in the village, arriving at the information panel at Vidaurre, situated next to the Church. Here it is necessary to cross the road, following the green painted marks and we continue along the way know as Romanesque that allows us to cross the path that is practically parallel to the irrigation channel which runs between a lineal gallery forest made up mainly of the arrows indicating the direction we should follow (take the direction towards Muez). In this stretch, the trail runs though a small stretch of road.
Arriving at the crossroad of Vidaurre, Irujo and Arozoz (in front there is porch with a table) we take the path that will take us directly to Muez – to the left – (you can see a sign indicating the path to follow). This section of the route the path passes through an oak forest, after which we can see
- the crossroad with the alternative road to Irujo. A signpost with arrows indicates the various options.
We head in the direction of Muez. The route passes through field crops until we reach the crossroad we saw at the beginning, we can see the proximity of Muez, the village we began our route.
- We take the alternative road to Irujo from Muez that is also the road to Arguiñano, a place marked with a triple arrow, taking the path to Irujo, to the right.
From the crossroads you can see the houses of both villages. Following the painted marks in the village, the tour allows us to reach an oak forest where we can see a post with arrows (variant crossing point between the long and short routes) and return to Muez to the right. Amongst field crops, the path leads us to the crossroad and to the village of Muez.
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