The valley of Ultzama, in the Pamplona basin, treasures remarkable attractions that invite visitors to visit it, from its famous and appreciated gastronomy to its rich history, which are more than enough reasons, to which are added its important natural sites. Places such as the Orgi Forest, which forms part of the area known as the Robledales de Ultzama and Basaburua, a natural area that is home to hundreds of years old unique trees and flora and fauna of great ecological value.
The route with only 2.6 km allows us to enter the Orgi Forest following a well cared and conditioned path adapted for people with reduced mobility, which starts from the car park of the welcome centre of the Orgi recreational park. A route that will reveal this old forest of great beauty, a sample of the landscape that once covered much of the valley. Going through its hidden corners we will be able to know the different states through which the oaks pass throughout their cycle during the year and how the fauna that has chosen this paradise as home takes advantage of the resources that these put at its disposal. An ecosystem in perfect equilibrium in which even the old dead trunks have their essential function, serving as home and food to a multitude of beings. The vegetation of the undergrowth or the ponds and lagoons that we will find along the route also form an important part of the Orgi Forest.
Lagoons inhabited by amphibians such as the marbled newt, the San Antonio frog or the agile ranal. The viewpoint of the lagoon of Tomaszelaieta, allows us to lean out to this peculiar habitat without our presence can alter its balance. Undoubtedly the birds are other of the protagonists of this route, sample of it is the observatory of birds, to which we can approach us to, in total silence, to spend a good time contemplating to the different species that live here. A route that will surprise us with beautiful corners that will envelop us with their calm or with entertaining stretches where we will discover and know each particularity of this forest. A route that, on our arrival back at the car park, from which we left, will undoubtedly leave us the sadness of having reached the end of its route but also the satisfaction of the places visited in the Orgi Forest.
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Legend has it that many years ago a young lamia terrified the whole valley with her spells and enchantments. One day, a new family arrived in the region with a young and stocky lumberjack among its members. While the lumberjack was working one morning in the forest, he approached the lamia from behind in order to have fun conjure one of his spells. The snap of a branch betrayed her, and the young woodcutter turned quickly to hear the noise. The two were instantly in love with each other, but at the moment they were surprised by an enraged crowd that approached in search of the picara lamia to make her pay for her misdeeds. Seeing what was coming upon them, the young lumberjack grabbed the girl and put the edge of his axe around her neck, not only did he stop the crowd, he also convinced them to let him take her to the arid valley on the other side of the mountains to kill her. Days, months and years passed and nothing else was known of the lumberjack and the lamia but the most surprising of all is that what was an inert valley had become a fertile land, plagued with robust oaks under which grew a great variety of tasty mushrooms and in whose green fields the cattle grazed quietly.
To get to the Orgi Forest we can do it from Pamplona following the N-121-A that communicates it with Irún. A few kilometres further on you will find the junction with the NA-411 road that leads to Erripa and Lizaso, where the Bosque de Orgi is located. Also in this same N-121-A but coming from Irún we will have, after passing through Ventas de Arraitz, the diversion of the NA-4230 that leads to Lizaso through Arraitz and Gerendiain among other localities. Another possibility is from the A-15 between Pamplona and San Sebastian from which several roads start in the vicinity of the junction with the A-10 from Vitoria. Once in Lizaso in the short stretch that separates it from Gerendiain we will find in the welcome centre of the natural recreational area of Orgi, where we will be able to park our vehicle with a cost of 2 euros and from which the route departs.
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A walk for our friend who will have to do tied, as it marks the rules of the park.
Except at the beginning where we will have a fountain, we will not have more accessible water points for our companion.
To the possible mascots that we can find we must add the horses of the near equestrian that cross the zone, that yes for the outside.
We begin the tour in the car park (0h 00min) of the welcome center of the recreational park of Orgi Forest.
We cross the track by which we enter from the nearby road to enter this recreational area.
As soon as we enter, we will pass by the toilet hut, to our left we will see the different paths that cross this area of picnic areas and that will lead us to the real starting point of the route.
Almost at the moment we will find another casetilla, this time an information point, which marks the beginning of the tour. The walk follows a conditioned andadero that will transport us from corner to corner.
We quickly came across the first crossing that gives us the opportunity to enter a curious labyrinth that runs through the dense forest.
This area is equipped with a rope that acts as a guide, allowing us to enjoy the thickness of the forest while we discover the different species that populate it.
The labyrinth does not put us in great difficulty to follow the good course that will take us back to the outside, but it can make us pass several times through the same place, if we do not choose well the route to follow.
There are not many different options that we have to find. In the end, when we met the main walkway, we would surely have liked a little more difficulty in the design of this curious labyrinth.
Just when we return to the main path, we do it where they converge or rather where the circle of the route we are traveling closes. Here, paying attention to the marks and signs of the route, we will continue along the path on the right which will be in charge of showing us more corners of the forest.
This well-kept and wide trail leads us through the forest without major complications, allowing us to enjoy each place we visit.
As could not be otherwise, the oaks are one of the main protagonists of this natural space. The marked path meets cozy places that invite you to enjoy them calmly, taking advantage of one of the many benches that we will find.
After a while a new crossing appears in front of us giving us the opportunity to shorten the route making the circle that we are drawing something smaller.
We, ignoring this detour, go ahead so as not to miss the surprises that the forest surely has reserved for us. The route never ceases to surprise us with more interesting panoramic views, where the thick vegetation is the main protagonist.
Quickly we arrive at a new crossroads where we will have to choose again between continuing on the left and shorten the route or continue in front extending a little more our stay in the forest.
If you go straight on, you will enter the section of the route that crosses some of the lagoons that nourish this natural spot.
The trail in this part of the itinerary becomes a little narrower, making it difficult for people to pass it in a chair.
Even so it continues to maintain its good firm and its equipment that allows us to overcome the areas of water that we will find.
For the rest, we will only have to follow the course of the careful path as before. Of course we should not leave the path and respect the environment around us. The route continues offering us beautiful landscapes to contemplate.
The lagoons of this part of the itinerary are the ideal habitat for the fauna of this forest, and to be able to contemplate it without disturbing it we have the possibility of approaching a viewpoint of the lagoon (0h 20min), which allows us to lean out to the lagoon Tomaszelaieta to try to discover infraganti to some of the animals that live in it.
Back on the main path we come across the last shortcut we left behind that joins us again.
This zone of lagoons, a little clearer of vegetation, brings us closer to another detour that this time gives us the possibility to visit the bird observatory (0h 25min).
Returning to the main path we will find the path that will bring here those who chose to follow the first shortcut that we found on the route.
All together we prepare to travel the last part of the route. But before we will have the opportunity to follow a new detour that takes us to the Ofiteatro, another of the curious corners of the forest.
This short trail is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. After visiting this site we will return to the main path either by the trail we arrived or following the trail that we left on our right when we climbed up here.
Already in the way we only have to cross the short distance that separates us from the crossroads where the circle that we have drawn in our journey is closed.
From here, leaving the entertaining labyrinth on our left, we follow the path that leads us without loss to the information booth.
Once there, we will only have to choose the way we will cross the recreational area. The hut of the toilets and the road mark the proximity of the car park (0h 40min) where we end the route through the Orgi Forest.
Total distance. 2,6 Km
Total time. 0h 40min
Our stops will mark the end time of this route. Following any of the proposed shortcuts will not be reflected noticeably in the final time we use.
Time of year. A perfect getaway all year round
Although we can enjoy this paradise all year round, it is the spring and autumn months that offer the visitor all the splendour of this natural space, both for the intensity of the colourful landscapes and for the activity of the fauna that inhabits them.
Required equipment. Don't forget your camera
A comfortable footwear, if possible sporty like our clothing, is appropriate for this simple route that although perfectly conditioned is in the middle of nature. The many corners equipped with benches and the recreational area of the beginning invite to throw us in the backpack the lunch or a good book. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.
Slope acumulate. 44 m Slope positive. 22 m Slope negative. 22 m
Neither the distance, nor of course the unevenness are, or should be, an inconvenience to visit and travel this place.
Severity of environment
The layout is well conditioned, allowing the use and enjoyment of this route by people with reduced mobility, even most of the posters have explanations in Braille. We must be aware of the fragility of the ecosystem we are visiting and be respectful of it at all times, as well as not leaving the walkways that run through it.
As long as we do not abandon the established paths we will not have any problems to follow the route, a marked layout at all times to which is added the curious labyrinth in which we will have to choose the course to follow to cover it in its entirety without leaving us any corner. There are a couple of shortcuts that partly reduce the itinerary, as well as a couple or three detours that bring us to hidden places in the forest, all of them pertinently signposted.
|1-Parking||0h 00min||519 m||0 Km||30T 607775 4757820|
|2-Viewpoint of the lagoon||0h 20min||516 m||1,6 Km||30T 607954 4757313|
|3-Bird Observatory||0h 25min||519 m||1,9 Km||30T 607881 4757445|
|4-Parking||0h 40min||519 m||2,6 Km||30T 607775 4757820|
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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.
This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 115-2, 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. SENDITUR encourages you to use the new technologies within your reach, using them as support and consultation in your activity, not basing the realization and orientation of the same only and exclusively on them, since they may see their functioning altered by very diverse causes, not functioning correctly and their indications may not be precise.
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