The 5 best snowshoe hikes in Ariège

Looking for a destination that combines sport and nature? Don’t wait any longer and discover the 5 best snowshoeing circuits in Ariège.

Nestled on the borders ofAndorra andSpain in the heart of the Occitanie region, Ariège is a department that attracts thousands of visitors every year. And with good reason: in addition to its rich historical heritage, Ariège boasts an exceptional natural capital. Deep-water mountain lakes dot the vast snow-covered meadows dominated by spectacular mountain ranges.

The Ariège is therefore a place where it’s easy to combine exploring nature with sporting activities. Paragliding, rafting, skiing and tobogganing are just a few examples. And for hiking enthusiasts who want to try their hand at snowshoeing, it’s also ideal: Ariège is home to over 300 trails to criss-cross the region. To help you prepare, we’ve put together a guide to the best snowshoe hikes in Ariège. Let’s get started!

Mont Fourcat: an exceptional panorama of the Pyrenees mountain range

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  • Duration: 4h45
  • 🏔 Vertical rise: 839m
  • 🥾 Level of difficulty: moderate
  • 💙 We love: the view from Mont Fourcat, which rises to over 2,000 metres above sea level.
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Croquié is the starting point for your snowshoe trek up to Mont Fourcat. Culminating at an altitude of over 2,000 metres, it dominates the entire Ariège mountain range. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture a panorama you’re unlikely to see anywhere else.

Although the hike is quite strenuous, particularly due to the steep gradient, it is nonetheless accessible to all. In fact, many walkers flock here to admire the region’s exceptional scenery. Setting off early in the morning may be a good option to avoid the crowds of hikers.

Plateau de Beille: a nationally renowned hike

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  • Duration: 1h30
  • 🏔 Vertical rise: 165m
  • 🥾 Level of difficulty: easy
  • 💙 We like: the circuit which follows the itinerary of the famous GR 10.
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This short 5km loop takes just 1h30 and is ideal for families with young children and groups of friends. In fact, the gentle gradient makes the ascent accessible to as many people as possible. The hike starts at the Angaka Nordic village near Albiès.

This itinerary follows the famous GR 10, which links the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. So you’re likely to come across travellers from all over France! A great opportunity to make new friends! This tour is definitely one of the best snowshoe hikes in Ariège!

Cap du Carmil: a trail along the ridges

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  • Duration: 4h30
  • 🏔 Vertical rise: 629m
  • 🥾 Level of difficulty: moderate
  • 💙 We love: the panoramic trail criss-crossing the ridges
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Enchantment guaranteed on this walk, one of the best snowshoe hikes in Ariège! It starts at the Col des Marrous in the heart of the Ariege Pyrenees National Park.

The trail criss-crosses the ridge, offering exceptional views of the surrounding peaks. Don’t forget to capture this timeless moment between snow-covered pastures and a vast forest of ancient trees. The trail takes you to Cap du Carmil, a promontory with views of the Montcalm massif and the Garonne basin.

Rocher de Scaramus: a peaceful hike

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  • Duration: 3h
  • 🏔 Vertical rise: 502m
  • 🥾 Level of difficulty: moderate
  • 💙 We like: a relatively quiet hike with few walkers
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Of all the snowshoe hikes in Ariège, the Rocher de Scaramus loop is perhaps the one that best combines accessibility and a change of scenery. Three-quarters of the route is relatively easy. There’s a slight difficulty at the end, with a slightly more strenuous ascent.

But it’s well worth the effort! By the time you reach the top of the Rocher, you’ll be at an altitude of over 1,800 metres… with the breathtaking scenery that goes with it! This snowshoe hike in Ariège is not one of the most popular in the region. Peace and quiet are the watchwords that will accompany you all the way.

Col de Touron: the regenerating sports circuit

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  • Running time: 2h50
  • 🏔 Vertical rise: 346m
  • 🥾 Level of difficulty: moderate
  • 💙 We like: the visit to the town of Foix right next to the finish of the hike
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Looking for an accessible but challenging snowshoe hike? Then the round trip between the Col de Touron and the Picou summit is for you! Lasting around 3 hours, this route is ideal for hikers with a little experience who want to climb to an altitude of over 1,600 meters. A rejuvenating walk that will do your body and mind good!

After a fairly easy descent, we headed for the town of Foix, close to the finish line, for a cup of hot chocolate. A most pleasant reward after a day rich in emotions!

So, are you ready to strap on your snowshoes and set off on a hike in Ariège? Our selection of the region’s best hikes is here to make your stay as enjoyable as possible! What’s your favorite tour? We look forward to hearing from you!

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