Even if it is currently raining in Toulouse, there are still some nice autumn days to come. Two weeks ago on a beautiful autumn day, some friends and I went hiking and paragliding in the Pyrenees. The great thing about this hike is, that you do not have to drive too far, as it is 1h30 max. from Toulouse.
Before you start your hike (on Saturdays), I would recommend you to buy your picnic on the weekly market in Aspet. Local famers sell their products e.g. honey, cheese, ham and much more. We haven’t eaten that good cheese and saucisson in a long time!
Some facts to start with
- Duration: 4h-5h
- Distance : 8.8km
- Elevation : 952m
- Highest point : 1912m
- Lowest point : 960m
- Starting point: Parking La Couage (accessible from the village Juzet-d’Izaut)
Overview of the hiking track
The hiking track we took is quite steep as it goes constantly up. We would not recommend this part with children. However, there is an easier hike that goes around the mountain with a less steady increase, so you can nicely walk around the summit to go up.
The path takes off the Parking La Couage where you can easily leave your car. Walk up to the big sign that explains you the different ways to go up. The first hundred meters are in the forest, so think about taking something to cover in case you are cold. Normally, with the steady increase you should feel quite warm straight away.
The path takes you all the way up to the Cabane de Juzet (1357 m), a nice little stone hut that is a first great stop to enjoy the view over the valley. Continue to your right all the way up the hill and back in the forest. After some minutes, you will finally get out and you will be able to enjoy the view over the trees and the valley.
After approx. 2h (if you walk as fast as us, the sign said 2h30), you will arrive at the top with a stunning view over the mountain chain and the ski resort Le Mourtis.
Now you have the choice. You can either walk up to the Pic de Cagire (1912m) on your left or to the Pic de Poque (1898m) on your right. Both summits give you a great view on the Pyrenees. The Pic de Poque is a little more quiet. We stopped here for our picnic and enjoyed the view without anyone else bothering us except the birds flying over our heads.
Find a map and the full hiking path here.
I was lucky enough to go on this hike with friends who know the area really well and who are experts in paragliding. The way down paragliding was just amazing and there is definitely no better way to enjoy the mountain first by foot and then from the air. Thanks so much for un unforgettable day in the mountains!
Enjoy this hike and have a great time discovering new parts of the Pyrenees,