Etang de comte

Comte pond

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Mérens-les-Vals
6.0 km
2h 30min
Very easy
  • Please note! The forest trail (5 km) is closed for roadworks until at least early June.
    Start from the village of Mérens on the GR10. Allow 1h30 extra walking time.

  • An ideal introductory hike for families exploring the mountains. After starting out in the forest, the trail continues along the Mourguilhou stream, crossing numerous pastures strewn with gentian and rhododendron trees to reach the pond.

    Access: From Ax, follow the RN20 and turn right 700m after Mérens towards the campsite. Cross the Ariège, pass to the left of the campsite and take the road, which becomes a forest track. Drive up the Mourguilhou valley to the parking lot.
  • Guidebook with maps/step-by-step
    0h00 - PARKING (1,450 m). The yellow-marked path winds its way up through the fir-tree heath, and soon gains a foothold on an old, sometimes steep, paved path in the undergrowth.

    0h30 - PONT DE PIERRES (1,538 m). Cross the Mourgouilhou stream and find the GR10, marked in red and white. Climb up the left bank of the stream. Winding first through hazelnut groves, then pastures, the path climbs in successive steps to l'Estagnol du Comte (1,652 m).

    1h10 - INTERSECTION (1,660 m). As the GR10 begins to climb the slope towards the
    refuge du Rulhe, follow the yellow-marked path that runs alongside the stream and climbs a small bolt.

    1h20 - ÉTANG DE COMTE (1,726 m). After contemplating the pond and the long Mourgouilhou valley, follow the same route back down to a ford under the Estagnol du Comte.

    1h40 - PASSAGE A GUÉ (1 645 m). Follow the yellow markers up a few dozen metres on the right bank to get around the rocky knoll, then start the descent through the undergrowth. The path then runs alongside the stream, which divides and narrows, past the Font des Fièvres and into the undergrowth.

    2h - PONT DE PIERRES (1,538 m). Return to the parking lot along the same path as before.

    2h30 - PARKING.
  • Departure
    Mérens-les-Vals
  • Access: Coming from Ax, follow the RN20 and turn right 700m after Mérens towards the campsite. Cross the Ariège, pass to the left of the campsite and take the road which becomes a forest track. Drive up the Mourguilhou valley to the parking lot.
  • Environment
    • Mountain location
    • Pond within 5 km
    • Forest location
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
Services
  • Equipment
    • Picnic area
    • Car park
    • Free car park
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