Here is the ideal initiation hike for discovering the mountain with the family. After starting in the forest, the trail continues along the Mourguilhou stream, crosses many pastures strewn with gentians and rhododendrons and goes up to the pond.
Coming from Ax, follow the RN20 and turn right 700m after Mérens towards the campsite. Cross the Ariège, pass to the left of the campsite and take the road which becomes a forest track. Go up the Mourguilhou valley to the car park.
South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]
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ETANG DE L'ESTAGNOL DU COMTE
1 - CAR PARK
Take the forest track which goes up towards the east. After about a hundred meters, the path starts on the right with a sharp steepness. Borrowed by the GR10, it is marked out in red and white (concerning the direction, help yourself from the stream by always keeping it on your right), its large slabs lead to a magnificent undergrowth.
2 - BRIDGE OF STONES
Cross the Mourguilhou stream. Go up the left bank of the stream. First under the hazelnut trees, then in the pastures, the path climbs in stages to the Etang de l'Estagnol.
3 - ETANG DE L'ESTAGNOL DU COMTE
Leave the GR10, and follow the yellow markings which will lead you to the Etang de Comte.
4 - COUNTY POND
Return by the same route.
At the level of the estagnol it is possible to make a loop by the right bank of the stream (concerning the direction, as for the ascent, help yourself from the stream by keeping it this time on your left) to reach the stone bridge .
5 - BRIDGE OF STONES
The return is made by the same route as the outward journey to the car park.