Step 2. Zumárraga - Arantzazu (21,4 km)

You must strive much harder to tame the inner than the outer man, to break the spirit than the bones

Cyclists will experience extreme difficulty. The climb is very steep and you have to push the bike most of the time. It may be preferable to reach Arantzazu via the road by cycling first to Onate; this is a longer route but the climb is  less steep. Furthermore it is not clear if cyclists are permitted  through the Natural Park, where motor vehicles are not allowed. For pilgrims on foot, in winter precautions are strongly advised and this route is not recommended at all during snow (December – March).

Zumarraga: Km 0. Church of Legazpi: Km 5.1. Telleriarte: 8.3. Brinkola: Km 9.7. Reservoir: Km 11.2. Biozkornia: Port: 16.6 Km. Arantzazu: Km 21.4.

We get up intending to climb the mountain, and we leave town from the train station. Facing the facade of the station building, we take the road to our right, looking for the GI-3771 road or Ipeñarrieta Street. We follow this street to the end of town. We pass under the bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks. We continue walking parallel to the railway, which is on our left.

We pass a bridge over the River Urola and we continue along the railway tracks. At 1.5 km the asphalt road ends and we turn right, at right angles, to reach the GI-2630 road. When we get there, we turn left to enter the town of Legazpi. We continue to follow the same street, lined with factories and further on with houses that have gardens. We come to a fork where we go right, down Nagusia Street toward Legazpi parish church.

We head down Aizkorri Street and leave the village. The football field and sports facilities are on our right. We come to a roundabout that we go straight over and we takethe paved road that runs parallel to the tracks, which continue on our left. Our road runs between the river and railroad tracks. We pass factories and homes, going straight ahead, without crossing the river by means of the bridges that we pass.

We arrive at a sports area with a court on which the Spanish game of pelota is played. It is an unusual “Fronton” because it has walls made of iron rather than concrete. We are at Mirandaola Park, where in 1580, those working in the foundry experienced a miracle: the iron they were smelting transformed itself into a cross. This miraculous event is still celebrated every May 3 in this same place. A signpost indicates the way to Telleriarte, to our left. The trail leads to the GI-2630 road which we don’t take but, instead, we follow the paved road that begins to our left and leads us into the small town of Telleriarte.

We follow the paved road straight ahead that runs parallel to the railroad tracks and leads to Brinkola. Passing under the bridge leading to the train station, we continue straight ahead and go through the town along the same street, before going onto the GI-3511 road. A GR-120 signpost indicates the ascent to the Barrendiola  Dam (Barrendiola – Aizkorri).

Once we reach the dam, we cross it. On the other side a dirt road starts that runs along the reservoir and we follow it. The road is marked by red and white GR-120 signs. We reach a fork and we take the path to the right, which brings us very close to the trees, almost hiding itself among them.  We continue to follow the GR-120 signs. We arrive at a barn which houses sheep and pass with it on our right. We continue our ascent, following the signs that lead us zigzag fashion up the slope. We have already passed the trees and in winter, snow will undoubtedly cover the area.

We arrive at the port of Biozkornia and Arriurdin Mountain (1,273 m) greets us. We thank the mountain for the good climb it has provided for us. A signpost indicates the direction of Arantzazu. We continue to follow the signs which in the winter snow can be somewhat difficult to find. The road is blurred, as is usual in the mountains. Once we have passed the port, we take a little break and begin our descent towards the sanctuary. We come to a cylindrical mountain lodge.

We allow ourselves to get carried away by the descent. If we follow the dirt road on leaving the shelter, we will arrive at Arantzazu. In any event, if we go a little faster and avoid making a rather long detour, on reaching a bend of 90 degrees to our right, we go straight ahead and take the path (GR signs) that heads towards a wooded area with a few houses on the other side of it. On our arrival at the houses, we turn right to approach other houses about 150 m away and, once there, we take the roads that head towards our left. We descend towards Arantzazu, which by now is just 1 km away. We always follow the GR-120 signs.

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Lodging

Aranzazu

Hostal “Goiko Benta Ostatua” . Tel: 943 781 305
Hotel Santuario de Arantzazu*** . Tel: 943 781 313
Hotel Sindika* . Tel: 943 781 303
Oficina de Turismo . Tel.: 943718911 / 943796463 turismo@debagoiena.eus
Refugio de Peregrinos . (56 beds) Tel: 943 780 500 / 656 743 148

LEGAZPI

City Hall . Tel: 943 730 428.
Hotel Mauleon** . C/ Nafarroa, 16. Tel: 943 730 870
Oficina de Turismo del Alto Urola (Lenbur) . Tel: 943 730 428
Taxis . Tel: 943 73 00 21

Telleriarte

Casa rural Pastain . Tel: 943 730 672 (capacity 12 people)

Zumarraga

Taxi Ivan Molina . Tel: 620 511 533
Taxi X. Gaztañaga . 679 443 483 / 943 725 912

Comments

Comentar de esta etapa la belleza de sus bosques, con àrboles altos y rectos, un trayecto que da para observar i meditar.. sólo con el silencio del caminar, del respirar.. Mucha subida para llegar a Brinkola, impresionante llegar a la cima.. Y después hacia Arantzazu. La tarde, para visitar el templo, la Virgen, i poco más ya que llovió por la tarde. Todo bien señalizado. En el albergue, nuevo de pocos dias, nos atendió Joseba, muy correcto y servicial, lo que le agradecemos sinceramente.

En esta etapa hay información muy interesante a añadir. La ruta atraviesa el Parque de Mirandaola, donde se encuentra uno de los elementos patrimoniales más importantes de Gipuzkoa, la Ferrería de Mirandaola y la Ermita de la Santa Cruz de Hierro, que conmemora el famoso milagro. En el parque también está la Oficina de Turismo, un bar restaurante, Fuentes, merendero, etc...para más información consultar en www.lenbur.com

Hemos ido en bici desde Loyola a Arantzazu por Oñate y son los mismos kilometros que por Biozkorna. Eso si, guardar energía para los últimos 9 kms de la subida a Arantzazu; y el alto de Udana se hace fácil; a rebufo de Purito Pastor.

Es dia 9 de Abril.Despues de pasar noche en el Caserio Pastain al borde del Urola, en Telleriarte,donde fuimos atendidos magnificamente por la simpática y hospitalaria Juanita,salimos al camino con lluvia desde el principio.A la altura del pantano ya arrecia. Brutal la subida a Biozkornia,de las más duras que hecho con 1 mochila petada a la espalda.Breve parada en los corrales abandonados para comer algo(de pie)y descansar de la lluvia que no nos da tregua .Parece que nunca se acaba.Rampas de más del 20% que hay que atacar zigzagueando.En el ultimo tramo,ya por la roca pelada,la nieve nos llega por los tobillos;buscamos las marcas desenterrándolas mientras el agua-nieve nos azota racheado.Empezamos a preocuparnos.Judith expresa lo que yo llevo rato pensando:"Ahora sé porqué nos hemos encontrado".El Barranco a la izquierda,en esas condiciones,asusta.Por fin la cima.La bajada al Santuario nos trae nuevos peligros:las caidas.El agua de lluvia (y del deshielo) lo embarra todo.Yo me la pego 2 veces y Judith 1;hay suerte,salvo el orgullo nada queda tocado.La llegada a Arantzazú nos alegra el corazón y nos hace olvidarnos de todo.

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