|Walk from the information panel (1090 m) some 40 meters
to the signpost for "San Juan, Gistain and Viados", and turn
right downhill on a narrow asphalt road. Do not go towards "San Juan, Gistain
and Viados". Just before a bridge, turn left, on a narrow asphalt
road that follows the river Zinqueta (3min) (1075 m).
By the recreation area of San Juan de
you find a bridge and signposts (20min) (1105 m). After crossing the
bridge, take the ascending track for "Ermita de San Mamés", "Collado de
la Cruz" and "Collado de Sahún".
Follow the white-yellow waymarks that lead you through a leafy forest
all the time uphill along the route that in some places narrows into a
path. When you come to a fork (40min) (1250 m), follow the
white-yellow stripes to the right. You ascend to a narrow sand road
(44min) (1280 m). Turn right.
Immediately after crossing a bridge
(47min) (1295 m), the waymarks guide you to the left on an ascending
path. Later you enjoy nice views over the three villages - Gistain,
San Juan de Plan
and Plan - of
the Chistau valley. Along the path you find traditional stone buildings.
By the hermitage of San Mamés is a lookout spot (1h06min) (1405 m). The
mountain views encompass Peña
las Once and Mediodía. Below lies the tiny, charming valley of
Continue along the path pass the picnic spot with tables and benches.
Later the path turns into a romantic track. When it forks (1h18min)
m), follow the sign for "Collado de la Cruz" to the right. The
track comes to a sand road (1h23min) (1435 m). Turn right for "San Juan de Plan".
On your right you see the slopes of
In a minute the track bends sharp right. At this point, you see a
white-yellow waymark on a tree trunk. Take the path that starts by this
waymark. It descends to a brook (1h26min) (1425 m). Cross the brook on
stones and follow it upsteam. You must climb up a few paces to find a
clear path that ascends to a wide path (1h29min) (1440 m). Turn right.
You come to a track (1h31min) (1450 m). Turn left uphill. This
beautiful grassy track runs first in a leafy forest and later in a pine
forest. Below the slopes of Simierre spread out to the valley of
The track leads to a sand road (2h10min) (1620 m). Turn right. The
narrow road snakes its way downhill towards the valley. On your right
you see the green slopes of Mamés and the
crest of Estibeta. Just
beforo you reach the lookout spot of Riba, you encouter a sign for Plan
pointing to the left (3h) (1260 m). Before you start the descent along
this path, take a look from the lookout spot over the valley.
The path goes down to the sand road (3h15min) (1135 m). Turn left and
return over the bridge to Plan (3h30min).