The Ariège Pyrenees stand out from the rest of the Pyrenees by its wild nature and its departures from low-altitude hikes in the woods which require to run “as a wild boar”.
But the efforts will quickly be rewarded because the woods will let the place to beautiful slopes. And excepted from a few classics, it is not uncommon to make the first ascent and descent even long after the last snowfall, an unusual privilege in the Central Pyrenees or exceptional in the Alps.
If the snow falls at low altitude, no need to go and seek the highest summits. You will find your happiness in the Tabe massif by riding the Mont Fourcat or near the “Port de Hers” with the Pic des 3 Seigneurs or by going to the Pic d'Estibat from the Port mountain pass.
Pla de Madame
Au sommet du pic des 3 Seigneurs
Massif de Tabe
When the snow rises at the end of winter, the many paths are clear and allow access to departures at the bottom of the valley which are difficult to reach in the middle of winter. The Coume d'Enfer summit or the Rulhe summit at the bottom of the Aston valley then become attractive routes.