The Col Collective

Col de Pailhères Pyrénées

Views: 2884

Located in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-west France, the Col de Pailhères joins the village of Mijanès in the east to the spa town of Ax-Les-Thermes in the west. Despite being just one of two road passes to top 2,000m in the French Pyrenées (the other being the legendary Col du Tourmalet at 2,115m) the Pailhères was a relative late comer to the world of professional cycling, appearing for the first time in the Tour de France in 2003. A popular climb for cyclo tourists crossing the mountains from coast to coast the Pailhères has a certain serenity that only increases the higher you go and, although it may only be 10.4km from Mijanès, with switchback upon switchback and views that’ll leave you in complete awe it’s a far grander climb than it may otherwise have you believe.

To experience the purity of the Pyrénées why not join us on one of our cycling tours this summer?

Ride safe and enjoy!

Mike Cotty

Why not sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest updates and info from The Col Collective.

Have you climbed Col de Pailhères? Tell us about it below.

10.4km

Length of climb

1131m

Start elevation

2001m

Summit elevation

871m

Elevation gain

8.4%

Gradient (avg)

11.5%

Gradient (max)

34x28

Gearing suggestion

More climbs in this region

Col des Bordères, Soulor and Aubisque
2018 Tour de France Stage 17 Recon
Ride, Relax & Explore with The Col Collective - Cycling Tours
Lac de Cap-de-Long
Arcalís
Welcome to Season Two
Superbagnères
Col d’Aspin
Col de Peyresourde
Col du Tourmalet
Hautacam
Col d’Aubisque
Col du Tourmalet
Port de Balès