This hike on the GR10 route does not present any particular technical difficulties. After a few hours of walking you will be rewarded for your efforts with the fantastic view of the Fourcat ponds!

Departure access: From Vicdessos, go to Auzat, Ournac, Bénasque, Artiès, Pradières d'en haut. Departure from the car park (1150m) located under the Pradières power station.

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Ariège Pyrenees

South of Ariège, on the border with Andorra, are the Ariège Pyrenees. Between mountainous landscapes and activities, there are many [...]

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1 - DEPARTURE

From the car park under the Pradières power station, take the GR10 up the valley.

2 - Pradière Power Plant

Go around the central, still following the GR10. The trail will take you down a steady slope to the Étang d'Izourt (1650m).

3 - Izourt pond

Go around the lake on its left, east side, to arrive at the bottom of the Caudière (1655m).
Cross the small stream to follow the GR10 passing left bank and tackle a steep climb on a well-marked winding path. Arrive on a first somewhat marshy ledge.

4 - Bridge

Cross the footbridge. The trail will then continue winding through the rocky bars to lead you to the Hommes de Pierre, (stone pyramid) at an altitude of approximately 2320m. From there, you will start to spot the Petit Étang du Fourcat and the refuge located above, on the rocky outcrop.
On a more gentle slope, continue straight ahead to border the Petit Étang Fourcat on the right.

5 - The Fourcat Pond and its refuge

Arrive at the Étang Fourcat and its refuge.
From the refuge, it is possible to go to the Étang Fourcat peninsula.
The return will be by the same route as the outward journey to reach the car park.