Holzarté footbridge

A circuit a dozen or so kilometres long in a green area among forests, streams and waterfalls.
And especially crossing the Holzarté bridge which is the headline event of this quite demanding hike. If it is too physically demanding, you can turn around once you have seen the bridge.

Technical sheet
No. 18831
A Larrau walk posted on 03/02/13 by denis174. Update : 25/03/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h25[?]
Distance Distance : 12.17km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 822m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 824m
Highest point Highest point : 988m
Lowest point Lowest point : 381m
Difficult Difficulty : Difficult
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Pyrénées, Basque Country
Location Location : Larrau (64560)
Starting point Starting point : N 43.017122° / W 0.927887°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 1446ET
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Holzarté footbridge

Description

The start point is at the Logibar hostel on the side of the D26. A large car park means you can leave your car here. You can try to go a little further with your vehicle because there is another car park behind the same hostel. From there, you are at the starting point.

(S) Follow the signs for the Holzarté footbridge. This is very well indicated, this site is well known and very busy in summer. Go straight up the stairs and this unique sloping path up to this gateway.
The view is already beautiful but the bridge is only visible at the last moment when you are very close (1).

Cross the bridge if you are not afraid of heights. Once you have crossed the gorges, return to the route by the only road that winds through the forest and raises the heart rate with its changes in altitude.

The route then leads to an intersection of paths where you will have to turn left (see photo of the sign) towards Olhadubi (2).

The area is very green, with waterfalls and streams, and you will have views over the gorge for several kilometres.

(3) We cross a small wooden bridge in the direction of Fontabarria and the GR10 which we will come back to later.
Again, it is all signposted and there is only one path. As the route is on hillsides bring a hat to protect you from the strong sun in the summer.

(4) The junction point with the GR10 is near the Cayolar d’Ardakhotchia. You are at the highest point of this hike. Enjoy the view.

The return route is by the GR10 to the car park at the start. The track is very wide at first, then after a few kilometres you turn left following the GR10 and signs for Logibaria (5).

The descent is continuous and very tiring for your feet and knees. Descend with caution, especially in the forest, because some passages are dangerous in wet weather.

Once back at the car park, the stream awaits to go to cool off your feet and the hostel welcomes hikers.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.91 - alt. km 1.91 - Footbridge
2 : km 2.78 - alt. km 2.78 - Intersection. Turn left
3 : km 5.26 - alt. km 5.26 - Picnic area
4 : km 7.7 - alt. km 7.7
5 : km 9.7 - alt. km 9.7 - Intersection. Turn left
D/A : km 12.17 - alt. km 12.17

Useful Information

Reach the start point of Larrau via the D26.
Walking poles can be useful.
A hat is essential summer.
Logibar hostel will welcome you on arrival - a very pleasant place.
The bridge of Olhadibi is an ideal spot for a picnic.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 1446ET.

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Footbridge.
View point at marker 999.
Various waterfalls and streams.
Holzarté Gorges.

Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 4.65/5
Number of opinions : 81
Description quality : 4.63/5
Routemap quality : 4.58/5
Walk interest : 4.74/5


Walker
on Mon 26 Aug 2019 10:20:08 CEST

Global average : 4.33 / 5

Date of walk : 26/08/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Good
Walk interest : Very good

Good walk live here and now completed with friend
5 to 6 hours Pushing it I am 72 and have always been a slow walker
Water table a problem even at 33 degrees dry and sunny there was water coming down going up to the rock ascent to the gorge. Muddy pools further on ascent and decent.
Trees going through forest area on decent a hazard in High winds
A great walk chosen in right conditions


Moderator hiker
on Mon 23 Jul 2018 15:21:32 CEST

Thank you for the feedback. If you could you let us know what has changed along the route, we can update the description for future walkers. Many thanks


Walker
on Mon 23 Jul 2018 11:18:05 CEST

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 01/07/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Disappointing
Walk interest : Very good

Excellent walk with interesting suspension bridge across a very deep gorge. The eastern section of the walk which descends to the carpark has changed.

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