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 Cabeza Parda...
La Rioja - 1 Stages - 16Km. - 1.100Pos/1.100Neg - Easy - Round trip - La Rioja June 2010
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Head Brown

Peak Head Brown with its 2116 meters above sea level is located in the autonomous community of La Rioja in the range Iberian System and near the peak of San Lorenzo , the highest of the Community of La Rioja with its 2271 peak.

Part of the Sierra de la Demanda and there are two typical approaches to this peak, the first rising from the population Ezcaray and the second ascending from the famous town of San Millan .

We opted for the second option, since the first rises almost by Ski Area Valdzcaray .

The second option, in addition to climb the highest peak of La Rioja, allows us to checkr San Millan with its two monasteries emblmáticos: Yuso Monastery and the Monastery of Suso


The Monastery of San Millán de Suso Suso Monastery or ("Suso" means "up" in Castilian) is part of the monumental complex of two monasteries, and later built another that sits more below, called the Monastery of San Millán de Yuso, both declared World Heritage Site.

In the early days of the arrival of the Visigoths to Spain, retired to this secluded and hidden the anchorite Aemilianus (Millan), son of a pastor. Here he lived as a hermit, nestled in a small cell, dying at the age of 101 and was buried in a tomb cut in the rock.

The small monastery of Suso was built around the cave hermit's cell. In the first stage (V century and early VI) caves are excavated cavities advantage of terrain, cuaThey are divided into two levels designed to rooms and two to oratory, where currently the cenotaph of San Millán and the ossuary is located.

The Royal Monastery of San Millán de Yuso (yuso meant "down" in Old Castilian) was commissioned in 1053 by the king of Navarre García Sánchez III of Navarre. The story of its foundation is linked to a legend based on a miracle of San Millán. King Garcia was very devoted to San Millán. As had founded the great monastery of Santa María la Real de Nájera in this city that was Court kingdom, there would be the mortal remains of the saint, which were buried in the monastery of San Millán de Suso. On May 29 1053 placed the saint's remains in a cart pulled by oxen and so began the journey with great displeasure of the monks there were devastated by the loss of his employer. When they reached the plain, near the river, the horse stopped and not quiSieron they walk again; there was no way to force. The king and all the party realized that it was a miracle that San Millán was imposing his will not go there and be buried again in places. It was then that the king ordered the construction of the new monastery, which was called Yuso (below), as opposed to the above (Suso).

The importance of this enclave, especially the monastery of Suso, is not only artistic and religious, but also linguistic and literary. Here, a monk wrote the Emilian Glosses , which were explanatory notes in the margins of pages written in Latin. These notes were written in romance or in a precastellano little changed compared to the Latin. In this monastery appear to turn the first written records in Basque, which is considered the birthplace of these hispanics romances and Basque. Here also lived the monk and poet cone first namedown in Castilian, Gonzalo de Berceo.

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La Rioja 1 16 Km. 1100 m. 1100 m. Fácil Recorrido de Ida y Vuelta

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1. Cabeza Parda


Distance: 16 Km.Up/Downhill 1.100 m. - Up/Downhill 1.100 m.Time: 05:00 h.
Cabeza Parda

To get to the trailhead you must go to San Millan . From Nájera , take the road Salas de los Infantes but then turn onto the LR-205 towards Cardenas Badarán and San Millan , you go long up the valley until you reach several kilometers after the village of Rio . We must pass this town and continue climbing up shelter where the asphalt ends and continues a dirt track.

We must stop the vehicle at the shelter, located at 1120 meters of altitude, and take the dirt track and can be discontinued at some point in the track zigzags, provided the vegetation lush beech, forbid. Once out of beechwood track goes round that you should avoid taking a path that leads directly to the col Artaza , after about 2 hours caminata.

On the hill Artaza (2h - 7km - 1825m) leave the trail and walk up a path that starts on the right and left leaving a pine forest. From here we can now access Brown Head summit, rising strongly marked by a little path (3h - 8km - 2116m).

In return, we can climb up to Peak San Lorenzo ( 2.116 m). You have to calculate a half hour to go up and back.

Profile Stage : Parking (1,120 m) - Col Artaza (2h - 7km - 1825m) - Head Brown (3h - 8km - 2116m)


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