Fantastic 360° views across the Pyrenees and a superb wild camping spot make hiking Mont Ne and Lac de Bareilles one of our all time favourites.
Yes, for younger ones you can miss out the lake for a shorter hike or make it linear…the descent from Mont Ne is quite steep.
There is a small mobile cafe at Port de Bales selling hot drinks, crepes etc. There are no loos or other facilities at all until you drive to the nearest village.
Port de Bales can be busy as it’s accessible. The hike is relatively quiet but in summer the lake will be busy.
Hiking Mont Ne & Lac de Bareilles
This hike is one of our absolute favorites with incredible views across the top of the Pyrenees and Pic du Midi clearly visible in the distance.
The hike starts at Port de Bales, one of our favourite wild camping spots. The trail is not marked but clearly visible….if you follow the small road heading north-west from the crossroads and then take the left fork, you are well underway and will be able to follow the trail from here.
Scale Mont Ne and spend some time enjoying the view with your morning cuppa, then take the steep drop down through meadows into the valley to Lac de Bareilles which is visible as you hike down. The lake is good for swimming in summer and a great lunch spot. You will come back to the base of Mont Ne via the same route down to the lake, then take the left road signed for Port de Bales.
Walk back around the base of Mont Ne on a well-marked and easy to walk gravel road, for a truly spectacular circular hike.