Route 17. Old paths to the oaks
Accumulated positive difference in altitude: 410m
Time: 3h 30m
Exit: Oricin or Echagüe
Percentage of trail: 49%
MIDE: 2 - 2 - 2 - 3
A route to enjoy the scenery and ancient oak trees
It is difficult to propose an itinerary in a place where wherever you go you will enjoy incredible landscapes. That is why we have prepared a route that joins several paths, so you can enjoy this natural space of enormous beauty through different places and reaching the Roble de Echagüe, an ancient tree declared a Natural Monument.
The villages of Echagüe, Olóriz and Oricin have an extraordinary network of paths and trails of great scenic interest. Among them, those that climb up to the Echagüe Oak, declared a Natural Monument of Navarre in 2009, stands out, joining with another series of enormous oak trees in the area around the Zidran ravine. Other trails run through the beautiful holm oak and oak woods between Echagüe and Oricin. We propose a hiking route that combines all these paths and that can be done completely (10.5 km) or divided in two and walk each of its loops separately: the northern loop ascends from Echagüe to the centenary oaks, while the southern loop leads from Oricin to Echagüe along the old paths that connected the villages. The start of the route is signposted at the top of the village of Echagüe, although it can be started in Oricin indistinctly. From the millenary oak, the itinerary to the rest of the oaks is round trip along the same path. Once in Echagüe, if we are if you’re up for it, continue descending to Oricin through the Uharka ravine.