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Major sites

around Saint Lary
Hiking in our major sites

All our major sites are in the Pyrenees National Park

 

A mosaic of crystalline and sedimentary rocks, battered by erosion and glaciation has given rise to the fabulous landscapes of the Pyrenees National Park.

Refuge area for many species

High peaks, myriad lakes, cirques surrounded by immense cliffsand waterfalls. The National Park acts as a refuge area for isards, bears, bearded vultures, desmans, toads, griffon vultures, etc. Its wealth of flora is also exceptional.

The Néouvielle Nature Reserve

The Lakes Route

Between granite landscapes and emerald lakes, this magical place delivers incomparable beauty with its exceptional flora and fauna.

La route des lacs allows as many people as possible to get as close as possible to these great unspoilt spaces through the Réserve Naturelle du Néouvielle. You’ll discover magnificent lacustrine landscapes with a succession of bodies of water and torrents… In short, an unforgettable experience to share with the whole family.

Go toat La Réserve

Closed in winter, this road generally opens from late May to early November (first snowfall).

At Fabian (km 9), turn right onto the route des lacs, which winds along a gorge to a vast flat area:the parking d’Artigusse (pedestrian departure for le lac de l’Oule). The winding road continues tolac d’Orédon (20km from Saint-Lary) where it splits to reach the Cap de Long dam parking lot or the upper lakes of Aumar and Aubert

Oule and Bastan lakes

At the Artigusse parking lot, you’ll find a track that takes you to Lac de l’Oule (1820m) in 45 minutes. At the end of the lake upstream, you can then pick up the GR10 trail and thus reach the first laquets and then les lacs du Bastan (2250m) (1h45 from le barrage de l’Oule).

Alternative access: By car, you’ll need to take the Pla d’Adet road and turn towards Espiaube. You’ll then take the Col du Portet road (open from June 1 until the first snow*) and leave the car at the top to then join the GR10 on foot in the direction of Bastan (2h15) or Oule (1h15).

Lacs d'Orédon - Aumar - Aubert

Lacs d’Oredon and Aubert are connected to the barrage d’Oredon designed to feed the Neste canal.

After the Oredon dam, you’ll have the option of taking the road by car toLac d’Aumar at 2192m (road closed to climbing from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm from June to the end of September with paid parking) or on foot via le sentier vers les Laquettes which will take you to Lac d’Aubert in 1h30.

 

 

Cap de long Lake and Dam

Here’s an impressive Barrage not to be missed on your visit. It was completed in 1954. It supplies the Pragnères hydroelectric power station (Gèdre canton de Luz). To reach it, leave the junction for Lac d’Orédon and continue along the road that ends at the foot of the dam. You’ll find a parking lot for parking (beware of heavy traffic during the vacations) and a snack bar for refreshments.

For hikers eager for summits, you can reach, among others,the Campbielh (3173 meters) from the dam.

The must-see valleys

Géla Valley

You’ll need to follow the signs for Spain after la chapelle des templiers.The start of the hike is then in the first bend on the right.

Count 3h to reach the lacs de Barroude (2383m), overlooked by la muraille de Baroude classified as a Unesco World Heritage site.This valley is very pastoral-dogs are forbidden even on a leash. If you are observant you may see Isards on the heights of the pastures.

For the bravest you can reach several peaks including the Port-Vieux peak.

Rioumajou Valley

In the direction of Spain, reach the village of Tramezaïgues and take the small road up through the fir forest. You’ll arrive at the Frédancon parking lot (1,381m, 12km from Saint-Lary). Closed in winter, this road generally opens from late May to early September.

Filled with a rich fauna and flora, this valley is today a protected area.

Zone Naturelle d’Intérêt Ecologique Faunistique et Floristique, the valley stretches along a torrent. From the parking lot you can reach l’Hospice du Rioumajou (1h15 walk) and its vast, welcoming lawns on an easy trail. Other signposted walks are available, as well as 2 No Kill courses for Fario trout fishing, on the outskirts of the Hospice du Rioumajou: 1 “children’s” course of 120 meters and 1 “adult’s” course of 400 meters. Donkey rides are also available.

The Moudang Valley

A wild valley populated by numerous isards (hunting reserve) and a ferruginous spring, the Moudang takes you to a remarkable group of high-altitude barns (1521m), once the site of intense pastoral activity. After the Eget factory (towards Spain), at a place called Pont du Moudang, cross the bridge to the right bank and leave the car behind. A wide track leads to the barns (2h).

Aulon Regional Reserve

La Réserve régionale d’Aulon located at the foot of l’Arbizon.

The Aulon reserve is a rare jewel of biodiversity where you can discover preserved nature. It is located in the International Starry Sky Reserve of the Pic du Midi and close to the Massif du Néouvielle National Reserve.

Follow the signs for Aulon from the village of Guchen (6Km – 10 min). Take the track towards the Granges de Lurgues before entering the village of Aulon. If you’re passing through the village, don’t hesitate to stop by the Maison de la Nature.

For experienced hikers hungry for summits, you can reach the famous summit of l’Arbizon (2831mètres) from the Granges de Lurgues.

The Louron Valley

A valley of many attractions. At the center is the magnificent Lac de Génos -Loudenvielle, which can be spotted from the many peaks and ridges that surround the valley. From Saint-Lary, you can reach the valley via Arreau or the Col d’Azet.

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