Hautacam is a legendary Tour de France climb
Station du Hautacam is a ski resort at an elevation of 1.523m (4,996ft) above the sea level, located in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in the Occitanie region of France.
Tucked away on the southwestern part of the country, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s quite demanding and narrow in some sections. The name comes from the Gascon language and means highland. At Hautacam there is a large flat car-park for the ski station.
Set high in the Pyrenees mountain range, the road to the resort is 13.4 km (8.32 miles) long starting just outside Argelès-Gazost. The road continues for 1.3km to the dead-end at Col de Tramassel, at 1620m altitude.
The road has been featured in the Tour de France race. It’s a very steep climb, hitting a 16% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. Starting just outside Argelès-Gazost, the ascent is 13.4 km (8.32 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 1.079 meters. The average gradient is 8.05%.