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The union of a great beech forest and a historic route

The Rajao is one of the most spectacular beech forests to be found in La Rioja. Specifically it awaits us in the municipality of Tobía and different hiking routes run through it, such as this link between the Rajao and the GR 190. A route that allows us to discover spectacular landscapes and which joins the Rajao Route with one of the routes of long distance that cross La Rioja, the GR 190 or the Iberian High Valleys, in its stage between Ezcaray and the Monastery of Valvanera.

Itinerary of the link of the Rajao with the GR 190

From Tres Aguas to the pass of Saleguillas 1.8 Km

The spot known as Tres Aguas (0h 00min), situated in the middle of the Ruta del Rajao, after ascending the Tobía river ravine, is the starting point of this beautiful route. We leave behind the Ruta del Rajao that turns radically in Tres Aguas to return by another route to its starting point, and we begin the ascent ahead of us. Immediately, to our right, we see the beginning of the path that we must follow. The wide path makes us gain height quickly, following the markings of the trees around us. The slope seems to give us a small respite, at which point we reach the turn-off that we must follow, leaving the wide path to our left, to continue along another narrower path that after crossing a gully turns sharply. Almost without noticing, we find ourselves crossing a leafy pine forest as we continue ascending. After crossing another ravine and just before crossing a second ravine, our path changes direction again.

This part of the route winds through the forest where pine and beech trees intermingle.

We have to keep an eye on the route marks as the path becomes blurred under the leaf litter that covers the ground. The path constantly changes direction and leads us to a small clearing in the forest crowned by an impressive beech tree. The path continues to the left to meet another large beech tree nearby. Once there it changes direction again and begins another steep ascent. The ascent ends as the path comes out onto a path, which we must follow to our right. A little further on, the path takes a sharp bend, making us face another stretch of ascent once again. This ascent continues along a path that we will find a little further on to our right. This path takes us to a small refuge that we will pass by to overcome the last stretch of ascent. A stretch that leaves us in the middle of the pass of Saleguillas (1h 00min) where we will see the GR 190 markings.​

Tips for doing the link of the Rajao with the GR 190

1-Even if you do not intend to continue along the GR 190 it is worth the climb up to Saleguillas, the views are spectacular and the route through the beech and pine forest is very beautiful.

2-Bear in mind that to the 1.8 km of this route you will have to add both the distance to get to the start and the continuation you give to your route and its corresponding difference in slope.

3-An interesting option is to add this link to the Rajao Circular Route, which will allow you to get to know this area of La Rioja better.

4-It is important to equip yourself correctly and to be in good physical shape.

Waypoints of the route
1-Tres Aguas 0h 00min 1315 m 0 km 30T 507534 4676132
2-Saleguillas Pass 1h 00min 1633 m 1,8 Km 30T 506771 4676594

Coordenadas UTM Datúm WGS84

Slope acumulate. 328 m Slope positive. 323 m Slope negative. 5 m

Maximum altitude. 1633 m Minimum altitude. 1315 m

Profile of the link of the Rajao with GR 190

Profile of the link of the Rajao with GR 190

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Map of the link of the Rajao with the GR 190

This sketch of the route is not made to scale nor does it contain all the information relating to the area, it is merely indicative

Topographical map of the link of the Rajao with GR 190

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 240-4 1:25.000".

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