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Val d' Azun (2)

  • Distance 15 km
  • Time 3 h 40 min
  • Speed 4 km/h
  • Min altitude 873 m
  • Peak 1569 m
  • Climb 1091 m
  • Descent 927 m
February 27, 2017
The settled weather continues and we decided to do a second section of the Tour d’Val Azun, (linking up with Section 1).

The trail is well signposted and ascends out of the town behind the Pouey Laun Chapel and disused medical teaching facility. The trail follows a minor road to begin with which then turns into a track servicing summer farms. It was beautiful through the woods with views of the hills we had climbed in Section 1 the other week.

The end of the track is marked by a cluster of farm buildings, and the scenery turns into summer pasture as we moved out of the woods. The trail goes up a narrow stream and the path climbs the sides of the valley onto a beautiful ridge. We then reached rolling pastures climbing gently uphill bordered by steeper sided mountain ridges to the left and the Nordic ski centre across a valley to the right (Col de Soulor). Stunning views in all directions. Would be a fantastic area to do some relaxed ski touring from. With the warm weather most of the snow had melted but we still had patches to traverse and were glad we had brought our lightweight crampons as it made easy work of the long er sections.

Our target was the Col de Saucede but decided to climb the small hill to the side of the Col for our lunch spot. Worth the small extra effort as we saw 3 Pyrenean Eagles soaring in the thermals and could look over to the area we XC skied last week. Now brown!

For the return journey we retraced our footsteps, a relaxing hike down.

Press on the play button for some photos of our day in the mountains