The Pic du Rulhe is a first-class belvedere at 2m, the mythical summit of the Ariège. This high mountain hike follows slippery gispet corridors and numerous screes. The slope is constant and some aerial passages.
Rulhe peak
Pic and Refuge du Rhule © Le Refuge du Rhule - Ariège Pyrénées Tourisme

This hike is therefore aimed at experienced mountaineers.
From the Rulhe refuge. Carved into the Gneiss, the Pic de Rulhe occupies a privileged location. Indeed, it reigns supreme over the Rulhe and Albe circuses, Haut Najar, the Joclar circus and the Fontargente region. This high mountain hike which takes place between 2100 and 2783 m altitude borrows corridors of slippery gispet and numerous scree. The slope is constant and some aerial passages. It is therefore aimed at very experienced mountaineers.

Access Departure: To access the Rulhe refuge: Leave the RN20 between Aulos and Les Cabannes to take the D 520 which, after the village of Aston, runs along the Riète dam and continues to that of Laparan where you can park your vehicle . Follow the valley of Rieutort (circuit n°22) or continue the track after Laparan until its terminus: Pla de Laspeyre. Go up the Estagnol stream on the right bank to the jasse du Pinet, then always on the side to the refuge. 0h00 RULHE REFUGE (2185m).

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1 - Departure of the hike from the Refuge du Rulhe

To access the Rulhe refuge: Leave the RN20 between Aulos and Les Cabannes to take the D 520 which, after the village of Aston, runs alongside the Riète dam and continues to the Laparan dam where you can park your vehicle. Follow the valley of Rieutort (circuit n ° 22) or continue the track after Laparan until its terminus: Pla de Laspeyre. Go up the Estagnol stream on the right bank to the jasse du Pinet, then still on the side to the refuge.

2 - L'ESTAGNOL (2099m).

Leave the refuge towards the south, in the direction of the Estagnol valley.
After 3 minutes, start a steep descent to the west, on the right bank of a torrent that you will cross 2 minutes later.
Head south again to cross a large boulder scree.
Continue on the side towards the south to pass under a small rocky bar where you will find a better traced path which goes up slightly, then cuts the upper part of a scree towards a grove of hooked pines.
Cross the grove then, still towards the south, a small scree after which you will take a tongue of gispet coming from the peak of Rulhe and which descends due west to the LAQUETTE DE L'ESTAGNOL (2099m).
The well marked path on the right bank leads to L'ESTAGNOL (2122m).

3 - POND OF JOCLAR (2327m).

We will follow the left bank to its end to turn right towards the northwest.
After weaving between large boulders, the trail takes on a steep climb in a scree of small stones between a pretty waterfall and the steep walls of the eastern buttress of the Pic Noir de Joclar.

4 - SMALL POND OF JOCLAR (2454m).

We will follow the north shore, progressing on the mounds that close this impressive glacial cirque crushed by the Pic Noir.
We will leave the lake by walking, always towards the east, on the top of a long hilltop, until the PETIT ETANG DE JOCLAR (2454m).

5 - SOUTH EDGE OF THE PIC DU RULHE (2700m

Go around the lake, go up the large scree towards the northeast, and attack the grassy corridor. Be careful, the slope is steep and the gispet slippery. A few meters below a beautiful gendarme, take the right branch which leads to the large SOUTH EDGE OF THE PIC DU RULHE (2700m). The view of the Couart pond is impressive

6 - PEAK OF RULHE (2783m

Turn left to cross a small gap and follow the entire ridge by a pile of large blocks to the main summit of PIC DE RULHE (2783m). nearby, the western summit, a few meters lower, hides part of the immediate surroundings. To enjoy the full panorama, both climbs are essential.
From the main summit (east) we will descend to the west to the breach which separates the two summits and we will go up the few meters of gneiss which lead to the WEST SUMMIT.

7 - Return via the COL DES CALMETTES (2318m).

Back at the wide breach, dive left to the north. After having started this delicate descent on the left of the corridor, we will cross the scree to continue on the right edge, sometimes on the grass, sometimes on the stones. Stay on the right flank below the northeast ridge, cross a steep stony corridor and walk on the grassy slopes above the scree. Around the COTE 2600m, descend a steep grassy slope towards the large scree visible at the bottom of the valley. Pull slightly to the right to follow a sheep's path which passes at the foot of a rocky bar. Cross a new scree, and head towards the grassy area from where you will reach the GRASS REPLAT (2430m) clearly visible below which you will follow north to pass to the left of a hill covered with scree large blocks. Descend following the more or less well marked path towards the COL DES CALMETTES (2318m).

8 - Arrival at the starting point

From the cairn that marks the passage, turn left to follow the path that descends into the thalweg in a west-northwest direction. After rounding a few hillocks, the lawns lead to the REFUGE DU RULHE (2185m).