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Le Tour des barrages

Sport, Pedestrian sports, Hiking itinerary in Rouze
10.5 km
3h
Medium
  • This superb loop around the villages of Donezan reveals the life of its inhabitants from yesterday to today. The highest point of the walk offers a magnificent panorama over the whole Donezan valley.

  • Road access: From Ax-les-Thermes, take the Col de Pailhères (check it's open) via the D25, then head for Mijanès. After the bridge, follow signs for Rouze, turning left at both intersections. In Rouze, park in the post office parking lot alongside the river.
  • Guidebook with maps/step-by-step
    (D) - Take the road opposite the post office towards Château d'Usson. Before the bridge, take the asphalt road downhill. Cross the bridge and turn right. Take a series of switchbacks up to the Rialet (or Rouze) dam.

    40 min - Arrive at the dam. Continue straight ahead along the road around the lake. After the factory, turn right towards Artigues. You'll come to a tarmac road, which you follow to the left and then to the right to take the D116 towards Mijanès for a short while. After the first bend in the road, turn left onto a footpath towards Artigues. 50 m further on, at the crossroads, continue left over a small bridge.
    bridge. Take the hairpin bends that lead to a meadow. Cross the meadow to reach a tarmac road and continue straight on to Artigues.

    1h 40 - In Artigues, go around the church and under a bridge. Turn right immediately to climb to Col d'Aspil. You can climb up to Mascara (1303 m) and back, for a superb view of the valley. From Col d'Aspil, descend to Lac de Noubals (or Lac des Grandes Pâtures). Continue along the right bank until you reach the dam.
    2h 20 - Descend the hairpin bends behind the dam, cross the bridge and take the path to the right towards Mijanès. Reach a road which you cross to continue on a footpath. Follow a new road to the left to reach the village of Mijanès.

    2h 40 - Cross the bridge and take the first right through Mijanès along the left bank of La Bruyante. Follow this road to Rouze. Continue along this road until you reach a small staircase on the right, which you can use to return to your car.

    (A) 3h - Car park at Rouze post office.
  • Departure
    Rouze
  • Difference in height
    378 m
  • Road access: From Ax-les-Thermes, take the Col de Pailhères (check it's open) via the D25, then head for Mijanès. After the bridge, follow signs for Rouze, turning left at both intersections. In Rouze, park in the post office parking lot alongside the river.
  • Environment
    • In the country
    • Forest location
    • Mountain location
    • Village 2 km away
  • Spoken languages
    • French
  • Documentation
    GPX / KML files allow you to export the trail of your hike to your GPS (or other navigation tool)
378 meters of difference in height
  • Maximum altitude : 1293 m
  • Minimum altitude : 923 m
  • Total positive elevation : 378 m
  • Total negative elevation : -381 m
  • Max positive elevation : 296 m
  • Min positive elevation : -63 m
Services
  • Equipment
    • Car park
  • Services
    • Pets welcome
      • Pets allowed on leash only.
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