The Izki Natural Park, in Alava, is a true temple of nature, crisscrossed by countless hiking routes. The woods and villages rival the steep mountains where they grow. These mountains are home to the tranquil Izki River, from which the park takes its name. The house of the park or parketxe is located in the village of Corres-Korres and is the starting point for a good number of the paths that pass through this valuable natural area. Paths that intertwine with each other, such as the Path The Agin or the Path Antoñana, allowing us to draw the route that best suits our tastes.
The 7.4 km circular route formed by these two Izki paths takes us to say goodbye to Korres and to climb up to the Avellanado Pass. From there we have the not inconsiderable possibility of approaching the summit of Soila, following the imposing rocky ridge that separates us from it. After visiting this summit and enjoying the spectacular landscape it offers, and the vertiginous cave that is hidden in the ridge that we have visited, we return to the pass to begin the entertaining descent that we have ahead of us. A dizzying trail goes along the strip that cuts the mountain cliff. The rope with which it is equipped serves as a handrail and also helps us to master this vertical cliff.
Once in the forest, the descent leads us to visit one of the lords of the forest. Some big linden trees and the majestic yew tree are waiting for us in this part of the route that takes us to the encounter of the Path of Antoñana, by which we will return. A return route that offers us the possibility of extending it by following the detour that links it to the Path of Bujanda. On the other hand, the Antoñana path, before taking us to Korres, allows us to look out over a spectacular viewpoint, from where we can contemplate a large part of the Izki Natural Park before reaching Korres, the end point of this hiking route.
The main access route is the A-132, the road that connects Vitoria-Gasteiz and Lizarra-Estella. In Maeztu we find the road that goes to Corres-Korres. Another possibility is the road that connects Santa Cruz de Campezo and Bernedo, passing through Bujanda. It is on this road that we can turn off to the town of Corres. Once in Corres-Korres, next to the house in the park, there is a car park with spaces for cars where we can park our vehicle and start the route.
The Izki Natural Park House in Korres (0h 00min) is the starting point for our hiking route.
Our route begins in the large car park next to the Izki parketxe, taking us up the street that enters from the nearby road.
Right at the end of the building, the path begins along which we must continue. At the moment we begin to gain height surrounded by thick vegetation, a prelude to what awaits us.
Vegetation that practically swallows up the road we were climbing. We quickly come across a first crossing, where a post indicates the continuation of the trail we are following.
Luckily, the vegetation that almost prevented us from passing leaves us some margin, allowing us to enjoy a pleasant tour.
The trail we follow, in spite of the lush vegetation that surrounds us at times, keeps its footprint. There will be several junctions that we will leave behind as we continue to gain height with each step.
The different paths that we cross and that run through this part of the park do not confuse the direction we should take. After a while, a fence gets in our way, allowing us to cross it without any problem.
The path we must follow, although signposted, forces us to be vigilant at the various crossroads we pass through.
In some of them the marks of the path are not as visible as in most cases.
Once again the vegetation makes our progress difficult, although fortunately the path continues to be visible below it. The slope alternates moments of greater demand with others much more relaxed.
We also alternate sections where the vegetation gives us a break allowing us to enjoy the landscape around us.
Soon the slope increases, warning us of the proximity of the ridge towards which we are heading. This area forces us to make a greater effort in order to keep gaining height.
As it could not be otherwise, our trail begins to wind along the mountainside looking to soften its slope.
Little by little we are gaining height by following the paved path that is guiding us in this section of the route. A solitary post warns us of our arrival at the pass where the descent towards Antoñana begins.
We leave this descent for later and set a course for Soila by climbing the ridge that separates us from it.
This area, now unmarked, continues to combine sections where the vegetation almost prevents passage with others that are more open.
We have to find several trails, in any case it is best not to lose the height gained and stay close to the ridge that we are bordering.
There will also be several trails that we will leave behind and that will rush down the slope. The summit of Soila (1h 00min) awaits us to give us wonderful views of the Izki Natural Park from the villages in the area, which more than make up for this detour.
After enjoying this place we will return to the crossroads that we left behind and that marks the beginning of the spectacular descent that we have ahead of us.
Once there, we looked at the most aerial section of the entire route. This is a trail that borders the strip that crosses the rocky outcrop that crowns the mountain.
To avoid problems, we have a rope that we use to pass through this dizzying passage.
The same rope marks the point where we must leave the cliff.
This short descent has good grips and the invaluable help of the mentioned rope.
After saving this first hurdle we continue with the descent following the, sometimes, decomposed trail that we have to walk.
This trail soon softens its slope and begins to border the cliff we had walked on before, leading us back to the top of the Soila.
This area has no greater complication than the stony trail. In exchange it allows us to visit the lords of the forest, some huge linden trees and the unique yew tree.
After doing so, a new stretch of dizzying descent begins, in which the company of the rope is missed, even more than in the previous stretch.
Once this steep and rough stretch of the descent has been overcome, both the slope and the difficulty are considerably softened. We continue to be guided by the yellow spots that mark our trail
After a while the trail reaches its end when it meets a path that goes up the mountain. A path that we will continue to descend without complications.
This section of the route allows us to enjoy the freshness of the beech forest we are walking through.
Almost without realising it, we arrive at the crossroads with the Path of Antoñana (1h 40min). Here we have to decide whether to walk the short kilometre and a half that separates us from this village or to head towards Korres.
In this case we will begin a new stretch of ascent that becomes harder than expected at this point of the route. Here we will also be leaving behind the paths that come out in our path.
Paths such as the one that connects our path, the Antoñana path, with the Bujanda Path (1h 55min) and which allows us to return to Korres through it by crossing the gorge it runs through.
In our case we continue to climb without abandoning the Path of Antoñana that will take us to Korres. This section of the route also has the freshness of the thick vegetation that covers these mountains, but in this case does not complicate our progress.
The rocks that characterize Izki can be seen without complexes, giving a special touch to this part of the tour.
A route that takes us to the proximity of a magnificent viewpoint (2h 15min) to which without hesitation we turn.
After taking a well-deserved break in this unique corner of Izki, we return to our path to continue towards Korres.
After passing another gate we start the final descent that will take us to this town in Alava. Although we still have a long way to go to reach it.
Once again, there will be several trails to follow. Until we reach the end of the path we were following.
Here, in addition to the signs along the way, logic shows us the way to go. This path gradually brings us closer to our final destination Korres.
The one we got to after going through another fence that cut us off. The route takes us around the village church to leave us in front of the street where we must continue.
This street leads us directly to the Izki Natural Park House in Korres (2h 50min), where we will put an end to this entertaining trekking route.
If our starting point is the recreational area we will have to add a little more than 2 kilometres to this figure.
If we decide to approach Antoñana we will have to increase this figure by almost 1h. It will also take longer than that if we return along the Path of Bujanda.
Autumn and spring are the most recommended periods because of the colorful landscape. Since it is mostly in the shade of the woods it passes through, this is an acceptable route in summer. Mud and wet stones are not the most advisable for the descent section.
At least long pants, it is the minimum recommended if we do not want to be exposed to scratches with the bushes and possible parasites, ticks, which are probably waiting for us. We should not miss some water either, as there is no water on the whole route. Food and walking sticks, some gloves to protect our hands in the sections where we will surely have to use them, is not a bad idea either. Consult our list of material and equipment for hiking. Read more.
If we follow the route in the described direction, we should not have problems with this section since the difference in level to be overcome is distributed over a longer distance. While if we would do it the other way around it would be concentrated in a shorter space of land. The distance is also not so remarkable as to increase the degree of difficulty in this section.
Severity of the environment
This is where much of the difficulty lies. We will go through quite exposed sections where we have to take extreme precautions, not only because of the possibility of falling into the void, but also because of the many possibilities that we have of stones falling from the areas we have over our heads. We must also pay attention to the parts of the descent that, without being equipped with a rope, are much more complicated or prone to complications than the cliffs.
The vegetation and the different paths and tracks we will come across will be the ones that generate the greatest complications in this section. Although the route is well signposted, we will pass through areas where the marks are not so visible to the naked eye. The detour to the summit of Soila is not signposted and as you walk along it you will come across several paths that descend towards the area of Korres, which of course you do not have to follow.
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 139-3, 25.000"
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El parque natural de Izki es una preciosidad, además tiene un montón de rutas de senderismo y bonitos rincones para visitar. Este recorrido no lo conozco, pero me lo apunto, tiene muy buena pinta.
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Korres is the only inhabited town within the Izki Natural Park. This medieval town had an old castle, known as Portiella de Corres and located at the top of one of the rocks that surround the town.
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The town of Antoñana is said to be the oldest town in the whole of Álava that is known. In addition to its beautiful historic centre, it also houses the Basque and Navarre Railway Museum.
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This route has been carried out in the field by SENDITUR on 22-06-2019. 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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