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Col d'Ibardin

This is the highest pass on a ride around La Rhune, the most obvious landmark mountain in the St-Jean-de-Luz coastal area. This is the highest of the several tiny passes, that surround this triangular mountain, with the cog railway to the top. It is located almost on the French - Spanish border.

1.(00.0km,050m)START-SOUTH:east side of Bera, near river
2.(06.3km,317m)TOP: Col d'Ibardin
3.(12.6km,030m)START-END NORTH:intermediate low point north of Olette


From North.
If coming down from Col de Luzianaga, before entering Bera, the turnoff to this pass is signed. Several forested switchbacks lead to a saddle. There is lots of commerce at this small pass. The top is on the Spanish side, but the French border is immediately to the south. A petrol station, a bar and another larger store complex, located on a spur up another hill, make sure that there is always plenty of traffic here.

From South. (described downwards) This side seems to have quite a bit more traffic, since the prices are clearly cheaper at the top on the Spanish side. Further down the Atlantic ocean apears behind the endless parade of real estate that surrounds St Jean de Luz.

Dayride with this point as highest summit:


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Col d'Ibardin , Col de Lizuinaga , Col de St Ignace via Sare s(u) : St Jean de Luz > Ascain > Col de St Ignace via Sare s(u) > Sare with detour > Col de Lizuinaga > Bera / Vera with detour > Col d'Ibardin > Oliette > sight seeing detour in St Jean de Luz > back to starting point in St Jean de Luz: 41.5 with 3468ft of climbing in 4:13hrs (garmin etrex30: r5:19.6.23).