Both are nearly the same from the elevation point of view, as these two routes meet in the Sarrouyès valley.
Starting from Col d'Azet involves going down during a significant part of the approach (then going up when coming back).
Furthermore, the route via Col d'Azet goes under the pylons of the ski station, and col d'Azet is more remote to reach by car than Ourtigué.
Then, hikers may prefer the more picturesque route via the Ourtigué barns.
However, the first part in the Ourtigué forest doesnt'allow the views we get on the Azet route.
The rest of the route goes (almost) until the twin lakes of Sarrouyès, located in a northen corrie that almost never sees the sun. Just before these lakes, the real path is climbing on the right, towards the Sarrouyès pass, just before which is located a green metallic hut of sherperds (closed).
One can give a visit to the little "Lacs des Miares", despite these little lakes are not exactly on the route. The reflections of the surrounding peaks in them, Estos, Sarrouyès, Parraouis, are gorgeous. This is the point from where the route to the Estos separates.
Then, the rest of the ascent consists into a very straight-forward walk on the steep ridge, to the top. This route can be slightly shortened by making the ascent taking the turn as sharp as possible around the peak, but going steeply onto the wild grass.
We usually meeet a lot of tourists in the end of this hike, and the lifts from the Azet station work now also in summer, taking tourists into the Sarrouyès valley. However very few of them get to those summits.
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