The Urkiola Natural Park is home to some of the most important and well-known mountains in Euskadi and Bizkaia. Udalaitz, Anboto, Alluitz and Untzillaitz are just some of the giants that we can dare to climb if they and the goddess Mari allow us to do so. Not far from Durango stands one of these rugged mountains, the ascent of Mugarra from Mañaria by the classic route is one of those climbs that every self-respecting mountaineer would like to have on their CV. The lush forests and green meadows where cattle graze give way to the rocky crest that precedes this mythical Basque Mountain.
To get to Mañaria, follow the road that links the nearby town of Durango with Otxandio. Once in Mañaria you will find several parking areas where you can park your vehicle to start the route up to Mugarra.
Depending on the car park in Mañaria from which we leave, we will be more or less close to the asphalted road that we must follow. In any case, we must cross the river that runs parallel to the road along which we arrive, leaving on our right the quarry that is dismantling the mountain we are about to climb. We leave behind the park next to the car park to turn right and go in search of the street that comes from the church, where we will arrive if we have parked in the other car park next to it. At the next crossroads you will see the sign indicating the start of the route to ascent Mugarra from Mañaria. This first part of the route climbs along a narrow road that goes up the mountainside in search of the farmhouses that populate it. A little over 1 km further on, you will come to a turning that you must follow, leaving the tarmac track to continue along a cemented path that barely gives you a moment's respite.
After a while we reach the pass that separates the summits of Mugarra and Leungane and Artzetagan. Paying attention to the signs, we continue to our right, crossing the fields of Mugarrikolanda. The hard ascent leads us to the path that will take us to our objective, which requires us to cross a fence without major complications. The landscape has been transformed, giving way to the karstic labyrinth of rocks that precedes the summit of Mugarra. The well-defined path makes it easy to follow the correct route. Some stone milestones mark the place where we must change course and head for the final stretch of the ascent along the rocky ridge. In this section we have the possibility of following a path that runs a little lower down, thus avoiding the exposed part of walking along the upper part of the ridge. The summit of Mugarra (2h 25min) rewards us for the effort involved in reaching it with the magnificent views that can be enjoyed from it. A well-deserved rest before starting the return journey that will take us to Mañaria (3h 25min), along the same route we climbed.
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 87-1 y 87-2 1:25.000".
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This area of Euskadi has historically been a crossing point for the routes that linked the Cantabrian coast with the plateau, an example of which is the GR 38 Wine and Fish Route that linked the Basque fishing ports with the fertile valley of La Rioja.
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A visit to the nearby town of Durango, which has a rich historical and artistic heritage with regal buildings and well-kept streets.
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Route information updated on 11-06-2021. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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