As stated in the SP page of Adi, in the north of the spanish province of Navarra there's a number of green mountains that link the lower summits of Baztán and Bidasoa to the first two thousanders placed around the Mesa de los Tres Reyes. Ortzanzurieta is one of those mountains, all of them used by shepherds and people working in the woods for the last two thousand years or so. It is the local giant, the first summit to climb over 1500 meters in the Pyrenees when you enter them from the west. The summit was once occupied by radio and TV antennae, which explains the (badly cared for) old road reaching the top, but the sights are wonderful in clear days. That fact, the proximity to the Camino de Santiago (the way to Santiago de Compostela) and the historical memories placed in the Abbey of Roncesvalles and the roman remains of nearby mount Urkulu make Orzanzurieta a good candidate for a small place here in Summitpost.
If you have chosen the trailhead of the Fábrica de Orbaitzeta, take an eastwards road between Espinal and Burguete (signposted “Garralda-Isaba”). Follow that road (N140) for 11 km and turn left (northwards) after Aribe to enter NA-2030. It will be six km before you reach the small village of Orbaitzeta. Do not enter the village, keep driving north to reach the buildings grouped around the ruins of the old (18th-19th century) weapons factory, where the asphalt ends.
If you have decided to start from the french trailhead of St. Jean Pied-de-Port and are coming from Bordeaux or from the spanish border, you must follow highway A63 up to exit 5. Leave the highway at this spot and keep driving following road D918 along the river Nive towards Cambo Les Bains, St.Martin d’Arrossa and St.Jean Pied-de-Port.
Closest main railway stations:
On the spanish side Pamplona (50 km away from Roncesvalles, 66 from Fábrica de Orbaitzeta).
On the french side St. Jean Pied-de-Port.
Closest main airports: Pamplona (50 km away from Roncesvalles, 66 from Fábrica de Orbaitzeta)
and Biarritz (about 52 km away from St.Jean Pied-de-Port)