Distance: 10,4 km
Duration (average) : 03 p.m.
Level: Easy
Elevation: 282 D +
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Departure: LAGRASSE
Yellow PR
Start of the road leading to the abbey, near the Calvary. Look for the legendary imprint of the famous “Charlemagne's buttocks” and enjoy a few moments of tranquility near the chapel.


Your itinerary


IGN map reference (s): IGN 2446 West


Step 1

Take the red / white marked path located to the left of an ordeal sheltered under a pine tree. Rise above the village. We approach the cliff at the level of an isolated pinion pine directly above the cemetery. Remarkable view of the village. The path then enters a wood of pinion pines, Aleppo pines and cypresses. Shortly after, follow the northern edge, before arriving at a stony depression: the buttocks of Charlemagne.

Step 2

Go up the stony path then catch up with a ledge. We then cross a collapsed capitelle then a large cairn. Viewpoint over the Payrol valley or Chaudron valley, at the bottom of which the Alsou river winds. When you meet a path, turn left.

Step 3

Arrival at the main forest road. You can then return to Lagrasse by going down this track. To continue the route, turn right, to walk on the Lauza plateau, through the reforestation of the communal forest (cedars and pine nuts). about 250 m further on, leave the track to the right which joins the Alsou gorges. Continue on the track.

Step 4

At the crow's feet, choose the rightmost lane. Leave the red / white markings to follow the yellow markings and cross the plateau through holm oaks and pine forests.

Step 5

100 m after having passed the reforestation, a cairn on the right indicates the start of a small path leading through the pine forest. We walk on the slope of the Grand Bac. Ignore the fork to the left and dive under the foliage of pines and oaks to a track.

Step 6

A return trip to the right allows you to reach the chapel of Notre Dame du Carla. Don't forget to climb up to the cross above the chapel before returning to the track in the opposite direction. After 2 tight bends (viewpoints), we find the red / white markings on the track which slants to the left towards the east.

Step 7

Then turn right and cross a pleasant alley of cypress trees. Pass a covered well before arriving at the ruins of the Lauza forest house. View of the Corbières and the Pyrenees. Turn left and take the main track lined with cypresses, cedars, pines. Do not take into account the secondary paths and the crow's feet, take the track to go with in front, a view of the mountain of Alaric. At the sign “Forêt communale de Lagrasse”, continue on the forest road which goes down to the village. Ignore secondary routes. After crossing a capitelle, the track bends to the left. Viewpoint over the village and the abbey. Walk along some low walls and olive trees and come out on the tarmac road. Walk along the abbey and reach the village.

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!


Claude Dussel The 21 July 2021
pity that the other tracks are not marked we do not really know where we are going very beautiful plateau the terminal indicating our lady of the carla lacks the kilometric distance beautiful walk to do with the family

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