This fairly easy walk will allow you to discover this magnificent waterfall, one of the most beautiful in the area. 246 m high in three successive floors, it is at its peak in May and June when the snow melts.
The Ars waterfall
Hiker at the Cascade d'Ars © Loic Bel - Ariège Pyrénées Tourisme

ROAD ACCESS:
From Saint Girons, take the D618 towards Oust and continue on the D32 to the village of Aulus les Bains.
In the village, turn right on the D8 towards Col de Latrape/Station de Guzet Neige.
Drive 200 meters and park at the first bend.
The start of the trail leading to the Ars waterfall is indicated here.

Additional Information :
You are in the heart of the Pyrenees Ariégeoises Natural Park. We encourage you to adopt responsible behavior in this fragile and shared environment. - Stay on the trails and take your waste with you. - Observe the flora without picking it. - Remain discreet for wild animals. - In summer pasture areas, remember to close fences and barriers. Do not approach or feed animals. If a Patou (herd protection dog) approaches you, move away slowly and calmly. No big gestures or shouting, even if he barks, because he would consider you a threat. If he follows you, ignore him. - Swimming in lakes is not recommended. Sunscreen (even organic!) and other cosmetics are a source of pollution in this fragile environment. - Bivouac is authorized, but only between 19 p.m. and 9 a.m., and more than an hour's walk from a parking lot. - During periods of drought, all fires are prohibited. In other cases, fires are only authorized more than 200m from a forest. Prefer stoves to natural fireplaces. - In the event of a very unlikely encounter with a bear (which is trying to avoid us at all costs): show yourself calmly, move away gradually, and do not run.

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1 - START OF THE HIKE

In the bend, take the forest track which goes slightly uphill in a south-easterly direction.
Leave the first fork on the right and continue straight to reach the crossing with the GR10.

2 - GR10 BIFURCATION

Now continue the progression on the GR10.
Go along the Ars river to reach the Artigous bridge.

3 - ARTIGOUS BRIDGE

Cross the bridge. The climb is accentuated between switchbacks and straight lines while remaining above the Ars river until the waterfall.

4 - BASE OF THE ARS CASCADE

Once at the foot of the waterfall, you can continue to progress on the GR10 to enjoy several points of view on the different floors of the waterfall.

5 - RETURN

The return will be made by the same route to the starting point.