A paved road to Port de Pailhères heading deep into the Pyrenees

Port de Pailhères is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.001m (6,565ft) above the sea level, located in the Ariège department, in the region of Occitanie, in France.

Col de Pailhères

Is the road to Port de Pailhères paved?

Set high in the French Pyrenees, the road to the summit, also known as Col de Pailhères, is totally paved but pretty narrow. It’s called D25. There's very little traffic and the higher you get the greater the sensation of exposure. It’s one of the two paved road passes to top 2,000m in the French Pyrenées (the other being Col du Tourmalet).

How long is the road to Port de Pailhères?

Tucked away in the southwestern part of the country, the road is 26km (16.15 miles) long, running west-east from Ax-les-Thermes to Mijanès.

Is the road to Port de Pailhères steep?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 35 and 50 minutes. The summit hosts a parking lot. The climb has featured in the Tour de France cycle race. The road is pretty steep, hitting a 15.9% of maximum gradient near the summit.