Chemin de la Mature

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Chemin de la Mature
Created On: Apr 20, 2009
Last Edited On: May 5, 2009


The Chemin de la Mature is a wonderful walk carved in the stonewall over a ravine at North of Port de Somport in the area of Lescun. The trailhead is signaled in the village of Etsaut to Parking of Lebers. The walk-up is short and it don't climb any peak and for this reason I think that's the best way to show this interesting route. Another option is to write a route in the area-range but it's not necessary to know more because the itinerary is easy to follow (you must walk over the ravine and you don't walk into ravine... it's easy to understand,... it's a joke, but after a recent snowfall or with storm it's advisable don't walk because the route is exposed and the fall is long to the ravine).

The origin of chemin: it was carved to use the wood of the pines for the ships of French Army in the XVIIIth Century.

A good option is to walk from the exit of chemin to the cross of GR-10 returning across the Col of Arras (1300m) to the trailhead. The col is a great observatory to the Aspe's massif.

To climb some peak you has the Pic Ayous (2228m) but the slope to gain is more than 1600m and it's hard.

Time (total): only chemin de la Mature 1h30m; with return across Col d'Arras 3h30m.

External Links

senderismo (text in Spanish).

Pic d'Ayous


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visentin - Apr 20, 2009 7:21 am - Voted 10/10


always dreamt to hike this path but never been here

Rafa Bartolome

Rafa Bartolome - Apr 20, 2009 8:56 am - Hasn't voted

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I'm happy to show you the images. The path is very short but it's nice. I never walked it because I travelled always searching summits but we went to Lescun and it's near. It was a nice day.


visentin - Apr 22, 2009 4:06 am - Voted 10/10

Re: I've

one idea: you could transform this album to a "route", with short abstract of the history of this path, and attach it to all peaks to which it give potential access

Rafa Bartolome

Rafa Bartolome - Apr 23, 2009 8:40 am - Hasn't voted

Re: I've

The idea is good but the peaks with pottencial access don't exists in SP and I don't climbed Pic d'Ayous, the most important to connect. Another posibility is Gazies but I only climbed Sesques some years ago. The problems with Pic Sesques is the very important slope to gain from all the routes. The shortest route need 1900m to gain fron the East (I don't have here the map and I don't remember the name of the Bois of trailhead... it's near of Portalet). From Etsaut you need to gain 2000m!!!!!!! and if you use the chemin de la mature you need a very very long day to reach the summit. Only a few of people climb from Etsaut. If I climb this year Pic Ayous from Bious Artigues (the last time with a lot of rain we did'nt climb) it's an interesting possibility to include this route of chemin de la mature in that peak, it's the obvious combination and some mountaineers had use this long but nice route to climb it. I'll wait to climb Ayous

thank you for your interest


visentin - Apr 29, 2009 3:22 am - Voted 10/10

Re: I've

Anyway, a route doesn't have to be linked to peaks after all...
I've been on Pic d'Ayous once a long time ago, but from the Ossau valley and Ayous lake. Perhaps I'll add it one of these days so you can turn it into a route to it ! :)
I'll search some historical facts about Chemin de la Mature if you want, so you can add it in the page.

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