Distance: 11,5 km
Duration (average) : 02h45
Level: Difficult
Elevation: 320 D +
Departure: HOUSES
White and red GR
Yellow PR
This route offers beautiful views of the Pyrenees chain. You climb through the oaks on the foothills of Mont Tauch to the Col de Ferréol then the GR 36 brings you back to the lake.


Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2447 West


Step 1

From the departure panel located in the car park at the entrance to the village of Maisons, go down to the body of water by following the yellow beacons and take its right bank.

Step 2

Leave the path that runs along the lake and take the one that climbs to the right. You follow it for about 1 km.

Step 3

At the crossroads, turn left, a little further you will see the sheepfold of Montrouch (Mont Rouge, because of the mass of ferruginous rocks) on your right. You move on a path to a second crossroads where you will turn left again. A few strides later, at the bridle, take the steep path to the right. Beautiful panoramas on the chain of the Pyrenees are offered to you. The track continues to climb, follow it for a while to then take a single-track path on the right which goes into the undergrowth (a yellow cross tells you to leave the track). You are now moving on the foothills of Mont Tauch. Several beautiful climbs and some false flats through the oaks bring you to the crossing with the GR36.

Step 4

At the junction with the GR36, take it to the left in the direction of Maisons and follow it to the road, you will arrive at the Col de Ferréol.

Step 5

At the pass, at the intersection of the D39 and D123 roads, take the direction of Maisons for 50m then the GR36 which goes to the right (White/Red tags) follow it until you find the road, you take it to the left for 30m for take the GR which goes to the right and which will bring you back to the body of water.

Be careful, the fire risk is often high, especially in summer, and can lead to flower bed closures. Find out before you go consulting the fire risk map for outdoor activities.
Fires strictly prohibited. Do not smoke and never throw cigarette butts in nature. Fires are numerous and catastrophic in our region. In the event of a fire or accident: give alert 18 or 112 from a cell phone.
Protect yourself from the sun and take enough water with you.
Avoid picking flowers and plants. Take all your trash. Close fences and keep dogs on a leash in pasture areas, villages and protected areas.

Mountain bike routes: the routes are often shared with hikers or other users (cars, tractors, etc.). Be careful and always anticipate that a pedestrian may be present around a bend to have time to brake if necessary. Pedestrians have priority in principle, slow down at crossings or stop if the configuration of the terrain requires you to do so.
Thank you and happy hiking!


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