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Monumental Robles of Jauntsarats, a walk among giants

 

In the plain of Oianzabal, in the valley of Basaburua, around the locality from which this route takes its name, the path of the Monumental Robles de Jauntsarats awaits us. A simple hiking route that allows us to visit this beautiful enclave within the Robledales de Ultazama and Basaburua and has some of the hundred-year-old oaks included in the Catalogue of Monumental Trees of Navarre.

Monumental Robles of Jauntsarats

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The route through its 2 km allows us to enter from the town of Jauntsarats in the oak grove of Beheitiko and cross its interior that extends in this stretch along the banks of the river that gives its name to the valley in which we are, the Basaburua. The Beheitikolanda Oak awaits us there, with the calm that the centuries of its existence have given it. We are in front of an agonizing colossus of almost 30 m of height that although being hollow inside maintains all its vigor while it shelters a good number of animal and vegetable species. Soaked by the sensation of tranquillity that this place transmits we continue the route surrounded by the green meadows of pastures that tint the landscape. The path takes us back to Jauntsarats and after crossing the road we begin to walk through its well-kept hamlets.

Basaburua Forest and Valley

The walk through the town takes us to its very limits where we will return to enter the lush forest. The route transports us to the meeting of some old trunks of old centenary oaks that already rest inert on the ground. From here we head towards the second of the singular trees we are going to visit, the Kisulabe Oak. An imposing specimen whose trunk width makes it the largest waist oak in Navarre. In addition among its many cavities it shelters a colony of wild bees that have found in it an unbeatable refuge. Without a doubt, both lords of the forest and the surrounding landscape more than compensate for the small effort required to visit them. Not far from this centenary grandfather, Jauntsarats is waiting for us again, where we will put an end to this entertaining route.

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The Legend

 

According to some people of the place in these forests on more than one occasion the days in which the storms threaten to the valley, it has been possible to hear, and even some account that has come to see the elusive Basajaun. He comes out of his hiding place to warn the flocks and shepherds with his screams and hisses of the arrival of storms and even of the presence of wolves.  According to legend, the Basajaun has numerous hiding places in the forest, many of them communicated among themselves so that no one can discover it and one of them would be inside the hollow trunk of the Beheitikolanda Oak.

 

 

How to get to

 

 

 

To get to Jauntsarats we have to follow the NA-411 road that joins the NA-121-A between Pamplona and Irún with the A-15 between Pamplona and San Sebastián. This road crosses the valleys of Ultzama on one side and Basaburua on the other, communicating the different villages that make it up. Jauntsarats is also reached by the NA-4112, which connects it with Beruete, Arrarats and Aldatz, among others. Once there next to the road, at the entrance to Jauntsarast from Lizaso, next to the school we will find the parking area enabled to leave our vehicle.

 

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Quiet walk with hardly any effort, in which to cross the road will be where more attention must be paid.

Without points of water in the route it is important to take its corresponding ration even if it is not summer.

The cattle is a habitual one of this zone and although it is usually in the parcels grazing it will not be so rare to find it by the way. Also we can find with some mascot, of the ones that live in the different houses of the town, and that can go out to our meeting.

 

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Route description

 

At the edge of the road that leads to Jauntsarast, next to the local school, there is a parking area (0h 00min) and the starting point of the route.

We begin the Path of the Monumental Robles of Jauntsarats

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We follow the road that crosses the village in search of the beginning of the path that we must follow.

We go into the woods

In front of the health centre of the town we will see the posts that indicate the detour that takes us to the interior of the forest. We follow a wide path protected by the shade of the trees that surround us.

We're still on the right.

Soon we will say goodbye to the company of the trail that without realizing it accompanied us from Jauntsarast.

We follow the track at all times

The wide track goes through the leafy forest without giving us any choice but the one we have just left behind us.

We crossed some water dribble

We advanced crossing some stream that if to bring water would force us to cross it by the wooden bridge that saves it.

The second stream

The thick vegetation hardly allows us to contemplate the landscape that surrounds us, while we cross a second stream.

We arrive at the first oak tree

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Shortly after passing this stream the forest seems to reach its end, place where the Oak of Beheitikolanda (0h 10min) awaits us.

We're back on track

After marvelling at this colossal oak, we returned to the wide track we had abandoned. The path guides us through the fields of pastures without major complications.

We're still on the right.

Our track takes us straight to the road that will take us back to Jauntsarast and to the road we left behind. This section allows us to enjoy the landscape that was hidden in the forest.

We crossed the road

When we get to the road we will only have to cross it to continue with our route. The route forces us to enter the town by visiting the imposing hamlets that make it up.

We continue to this crossroads

Shortly after, on our right, there is the way we must continue. This road takes us directly to the outskirts of the village, which we are about to border.

We're still on the right.

Again we see ourselves walking under the shelter of the thick trees that populate the area.

Now on the left.

A new crossroads allows us to avoid the route that returns to the village to continue along its borders. The thick vegetation covers us again the beautiful landscape that surrounds us.

We're going out on a new runway.

The path ends with a wide track that runs along the boundaries of a large pavilion with clad walls. We leave behind us the old dead trunks that are located at this point to cross the limits of the pavilion.

We continue along the trail

Just as the track turns to continue furrowing the wall of the pavilion begins before us the trail that will bring us closer to our next goal. Quickly the trail takes us to the spot where the Oak of Kisulabe awaits us (0h 30min).​

The trail returns to the track on the right

Once we have enjoyed this spectacular specimen of oak, we must follow the path that starts next to the explanatory poster with the different characteristics of the tree we have just visited.

We continue on the left

This trail takes us straight to the track we had previously abandoned. Once there, all that remains is to walk the few metres that separate us from the road and the car park (0h 40min), where we begin and end this path of the Monumental Robles of Jauntsarast.

 

This route has been carried out on the ground by SENDITUR on 21-08-2016. The route can vary a lot depending on the time of year, the weather conditions and the terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered by the natural environment where it is located. SENDITUR is not responsible for any misuse or inadequate use of the comprehensive guides of its routes and/or publications, nor for the variations for the above-mentioned reasons that could exist in their descriptions and recommends that each person be responsible and prudent in the realization of the activity. Likewise, we invite you to get information from books and specialized guides to complement the information described. All times are approximate and are for guidance only. Stops, however small, have not been taken into account. All the information related to the route, texts, images, videos, maps, diagrams, tracks, towns and places of tourist interest are published as a guide and may not coincide with the current state of each place. Before carrying out any activity, value your technical knowledge, your physical form, inform yourself about the meteorology and the variations that the route could have suffered, equip correctly, be prudent and responsible at all times, not surpassing your capacities.

Technical details of the route of the Monumental Oaks of Jauntsarats

 

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Total distance. 2 Km

 

Total time. 0h 35min

If, as more than one of us does, we do not walk along the back of the village because we are trying to save a few metres by going to the second oak tree, we will end up seeing how our shortcut has hardly changed either the distance or the final time of the route. 

 

Time of year. Attractive all year round

The landscape and the singular oaks that we are going to visit together with the relative simplicity of the layout make of this route that throughout each period of the year offers to the one who visits it the sufficient reasons as to do it, the colorful autumn or the intense spring do not stop adding their charms to this route.

 

Required equipment. Sports shoes and little more

The camera, some water and information about the route that can serve as consultation in case of doubt is in normal conditions what we should need in this simple route.  The itinerary is for full nature reason why we will have to adapt our footwear and clothes to this type of routes. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.

 

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Slope acumulate. 40 m   Slope positive. 20 m   Slope negative. 20 m

 

Difficulty. Low

 

Physical

With hardly any slope or significant distance they make this route an affordable route as well as a pleasant walk.

 

Caution

The road, which we will have to cross in a couple of occasions, is the one that monopolizes most of the dangers that we have to find. Beyond this, if the weather conditions are appropriate and we do not abandon the marked route, we should not find many more complications.

 

Orientation

We will have to sharpen the sight to find in many of the crossings the green marks that signalize the route, fortunately they are not a great quantity of them by which we will have to pass. The informative panel next to the school indicates us the route and in the main crossings we will find the typical posts with the pertinent indications. We should not confuse ourselves with the other routes we are going to run into, as they leave the area and lead us not to visit these monumental oaks.

 

Important places to pass through

NAME PLACE OF PASS TIME TO HIM ALTITUDE DISTANCE COORDINATES UTM
1-Parking 0h 00min 548 m 0 Km 30T 598010 4761714
2-Beheitikolanda Oak 0h 10min 540 m 0,7 Km 30T 597971 4761240
3-Kisulabe Oak 0h 30min 554 m 1,8 Km 30T 598014 4761818
4-Parking 0h 35min 548 m 2 Km 30T 598010 4761714

Coordinates UTM Datum WGS84

 

Profile of the route

Profile of the route Monumental Oaks of Jauntsarats

 

Cartography, maps and tracks

Map of the route of the Monumental Oaks of Jauntsarats

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.

Topographic map with the route Monumental Oaks of Jauntsarats

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional  "Cuadrante 115-1 y 090-3, 1:25.000"

 

Senditur has manipulated the tracks to correct the aberrant points that may exist, caused by problems with the reception of the GPS signal. In any case the tracks are always approximate.

 

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