Road trip guide: Conquering Mur de Péguère
Mur de Péguère, also known as Col de Péguère, is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.375m (4,511ft) above the sea level, located in the department of Ariège, in the Occitanie region of southwestern France. It’s a killer climb: on paper it only averages 7.9 per cent, but that’s thanks to some relatively gently lower slopes.
Located within the French Pyrenees, in the massif de l'Arize, the road to the summit is called D17. It’s asphalted but very narrow. The mountain pass has been climbed by the Tour de France.
There are 2 routes to reach the summit. Starting from Massat, the ascent is 9.8 km (6.1 mi) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 726 m (2,382 ft). The average percentage is 7.4%, with the section after the Col des Caougnous having stretches in excess of 18%. And starting from La Mouline (Serres-sur-Arget), the ascent is 18 km (11 mi) long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 872 m (2,861 ft). The average percentage is 4.8%. The col can also be reached on the descent from Col de Portel.