David-Guenot: Track 4223 in area near France, Occitanie ()
Pic de Pouy Usclat
Length: 13.3km, Creator time taken: 4h30m, Ascent: 543m, Descent: 543m
Places:Start at Lon 0.500903, Lat 42.8739, end at Start Logged as completed by 1
An easy walk from the Port (col) de Balès, which happens to stand at the same height as the main (although not highest) summit of the day. After a short, easy detour to Cap de Pouy Pradaus west top (1832m), which I had already climbed a few years ago, I followed the gravel track down to the Col de Pradaus (1656m) before heading up to the Pic du Couret de St-Martin (1741m). From there I continued along the ridgeline to the Pic du Mail de Compiens (1713m) and Pic de Pouy Usclat (1755m). On the way back I just followed the gravel track back to the starting point. All or part of this walk could easily be done with kids, provided they are under close supervision when you reach the top of the ridge, which has sheer drops to the E. The Port de Balès is an ideal starting point, with plenty of tracks and trails leading to several ridges either side, offering plenty of possibilities and various levels of walking with amazing panoramic views. Just be aware there is cattle -both sheep and cows- grazing and roaming free, so caution is required while driving up the col (the easiest approach is from the S side/Le Bourg d'Oueil/Luchon); also, dogs are only allowed if on lead and although the cattle is used to human presence, commonsense rules prevail while walking close to them -don't shout, wave or try to approach them, and contour the herds whenever possible. As for the wild animals, you'd be pretty unlucky not to see some griffon vultures hovering over your head as there are dozens living in the area, and the forests' edges below (to the N especially) are the home of majestic herds of deer, which rutting I could hear in the distance at some point. The remotest parts of some surrounding ridges are also the home to bearded vultures and isards (the Pyrenean name of the chamois).
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