Col de Spandelles (Ferrieres)

Start Town Altitude (m) Elevation Gain (m) Length (km) Gradient (%) Difficulty Rating
Ferrieres 1378 858 10.3 8.3 894 ***

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Roads & Traffic

The road surface is in fairly good condition apart from some loose gravel in places.

There is virtually no traffic throughout the climb.

Climb Description

Col de Spandelles is a relatively unknown climb in the High Pyrenees region. It runs parallel to - and is overshadowed by the Col du Soulor (which itself is overshadowed by the Aubisque!) In truth, the Col de Spandelles is not as enjoyable to ride as any of the three main sides of Soulor/Aubisque. The views are mostly obscured by forest and the road surface is not ideal at times.

However, if you have already tackled the Soulor, then this is not a bad alternative. The climb from Ferrieres is the more challenging side of the Spandelles by some distance; the gradients rarely drop below 8% and there are several significant pitches in double figures.

Col de Spandelles can be open throughout the year, although closures are possible due to snow in the winter. The pass is not routinely cleared.

Other sides

Col de Spandelles can also be climbed from Argeles Gazost.

Nearby Climbs

Col d'Aubisque (Soulor)
Col des Borderes
Col de Couraduque
Col de Marie Blanque
Col du Pourtalet
Col de Pierre St Martin
Luz Ardiden


Col de Spandelles can be climbed on our Pyrenees Coast to Coast and Best Of The Pyrenees cycling holidays (although we strongly recommend doing Aubisque instead)!