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Le Pic de Tarbésou

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Ascou
11.2 km
4h 50min
Medium
  • Tarbésou is a magnificent viewpoint from which you can see Mont Valier and St Barthélémy to the west, and Canigou to the east. It's an unmissable hike offering one of the finest panoramas in the Ariège!

  • Access: From Ax-les-Thermes, follow the RD613 towards Quillan. After 3.5km, turn right onto the RD25 to the Col de Pailhères. After the houses and before reaching the pass, park on the left at the reception area.
  • Guidebook with maps/step-by-step
    Start - Aire d'Accueil (1,950m). Cross the road and follow the signposted path and cairns up towards the ridge, at which point the GR turns south along the pastoral track. At the well-marked bend, leave the track, leaving the GR heading south, and take the path (yellow markings) just above, heading south-west. The path climbs steadily up the slope until it reaches the Mougnégou ridge, which you climb up, still south-west. The slope steepens as you approach the summit of Pic de Tarbésou.

    1h40 - Pic de Tarbésou (2,364m). From the summit, descend to the south-west on the full ridge.

    2h00 - Col (2,119m). Continuing due south, climb the Sarrat de Gabensa, then avoid a small picot on the western slope. Before the Roc de Bragues, descend the eastern slope to a small laquet. The GR 7B markings are again visible, and we follow them northwards.

    2h10 - Étang Bleu (1920m). Ignore the path that joins the Etang de Rabassoles and follow the GR 7B to the Etang Noir, which you skirt to the right. Bend northeast towards rocky bars.

    4h00- Col de la Coumeille de l'Ours (2,180m). From the pass, head north to join the track abandoned on the way up.

    4:50 am - Arrival at Aire d'Accueil
  • Departure
    Ascou
  • Difference in height
    661 m
  • Access: From Ax-les-Thermes, follow the RD613 towards Quillan. After 3.5km, turn right onto the RD25 to the Col de Pailhères. After the houses and before reaching the pass, park on the left at the reception area.
  • Environment
    • Mountain location
    • Pond within 5 km
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
661 meters of difference in height
  • Maximum altitude : 2305 m
  • Minimum altitude : 1920 m
  • Total positive elevation : 661 m
  • Total negative elevation : -661 m
  • Max positive elevation : 343 m
  • Min positive elevation : -220 m
Services
  • Equipment
    • Free car park
    • Car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
      • Dogs must be kept on a leash due to the presence of herds.
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