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Best trails in Pyrénées National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Pyrénées National Park, Occitania? AllTrails has 178 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 136 hard trails in Pyrénées National Park ranging from 2.6 to 551.5 miles and from 29 to 10,587 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The Pyrenees National Park was established in 1967. The park is located in the Occitane and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions, in the western part of the Pyrenees chain, just on the border with Spain. The Pyrenees National Park is made up of two zones called the "heart of the park" (area of 45,707 ha) and the "adherence area" (206,352 ha). While the heart of the park is strictly protected by law, the area of compliance with the more flexible regulations benefits from economic, social and cultural investments which aim to preserve the heart of the park by curbing the rural exodus while promoting tourism in the region. It is a high mountain national park. The heart of the national park has an altitude ranging from 1,067 meters to 3,298 meters (Pique Longue du Vignemale). Its landscapes are very varied and include the limestone massif of Gavarnie, the granite mountain of Cauterets, the ancient volcano of the Pic du Midi d'Ossau and also the Aspe valley and its forest. The rich fauna of the park includes: brown bear, Iberian ibex, isards, marmots, raptors including the Golden Eagle, many invertebrates and also other rodents. Regarding the flora, the Pyrenees National Park has more than 2,500 higher plant species.

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Map of trails in Pyrénées National Park
Park information
Acreage:
112,944 acres
Contact
05 62 54 16 40
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Top trails (178)
#1 - GR10: The Pyrenean Way
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 551.5 mi • Est. Multi-day
The GR10 Traversée des Pyrénées is a hike through the Pyrenees along a marked route. The GR10 is one of the GR (Grand Randonnée de France) trails. The trail has views over valleys, peaks and mountain passes. The GR10 is a hike that should not be taken lightly. An excellent experience of the mountain environment, a good physical condition and a knowledge of the means of orientation will be necessary during this crossing between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.Show more
#2 - Cirque de Gavarnie
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
The Cirque de Gavarine is a breathtaking place formed by glacial erosion. The two huge expanses of land and the towering mountains will make you feel small while you admire the nature around you. There are incredible waterfalls to see including the second highest in Europe: the Gavarnie falls.Show more
#3 - GR10: Cauterets to Lac de l'Oule
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 56.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
The hiking trail 10 (also called GR10) is one of the many trails of the GR (Grande randonnée Française) which crosses the chain of the Pyrenees, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. During this part of the trail, your maximum altitude will be 2271m. On the way, you will have the opportunity to stop in cottages or hotels. Attention, plan to book in advance because in summer, it's quite busy. You can also stock up on water and food on the trail.Show more
#4 - Lac de Gaube via Pont d'Espagne
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
Very nice hike in the heart of the Pyrenees. This path will lead you to Lac de Gaube. This lake will make you dream with its blue waters and its reflections of the sun. However, this trail is very busy in summer. Do not hesitate to borrow it in May and October, when the crowd is smaller.Show more
#5 - Cascades du Pont d'Espagne
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 3 h 2 m
This beautiful route features six waterfalls including the Escane-Gat Waterfall and the Pouey Bacou Waterfall, and the Ceriset Waterfall.Show more
#6 - Pic du Midi de Bigorre and Lac d'Oncet
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 5 h 24 m
This hike starts at Col du Tourmalet. The start of the hike is easy. This first section will reach the lake and the hike is perfect for a family hike. However, the second stretch is more difficult. To reach the peak, you have to climb a fairly rocky path. However, the panoramic view upon arrival is a wonderful reward.Show more
#7 - Tour de l'Ossau
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 10.7 mi • Est. 6 h 34 m
The Tour de l'Ossau is a sublime hike. This path passes by the Ayous refuge and its landscape and its flora and fauna are very diverse. You will cross forests, meadows, lakes and rocky areas.Show more
#8 - Sentier du Tour des Lacs d'Ayous
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
The Ayous region, in Occitania, is one of the most beautiful in Béarn. The hike to Lake Gentau and the Ayous refuge is an essential stopover during a trip to the Ossau valley. The loop hike allows you to walk alongside the different lakes and not to take the same path on the return. However, we advise you to have a minimum of physical condition and not to forget the sunscreen, the water bottle, the hat and especially the good hiking shoes.Show more
#9 - Pic d'Anie
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
Pic d'Anie is a Pyrenees mountain near the Spanish border. It is 2,507 meters above sea level. The mountain has an almost perfect pyramidal shape. This trail is quite difficult but will offer you breathtaking views. However, be careful, you will need good physical condition and knowledge of the mountain environment to complete this hike.Show more
#10 - Otal Valley from San Nicolás de Bujaruelo
Pyrénées National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 17 m
The Otal Valley is a beautiful, although unknown, little treasure of the Pyrenees surrounded by mountains (Peña de Otal, Pico de Tendereña and Peña de Ordiso). The route is in good condition, well signposted and crosses a series of very beautiful meadows located on the river bank. You can see marmots, cows, wildflowers, meadows, along the small forests and the small stream of Otal. The route is simple, suitable for all levels. Its length must be taken into account, especially if it is done with children.Show more
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