Explore the forest, lakes and the Hautes Chaumes, the highlights of this hike that follows Vosges Club trails.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
Reach Wettstein pass, the car park’s GPS coordinates are 48° 5’ 16.50"N
7° 6' 58.40"E, (UTM Zone: 32 Easting: 359720 Northing: 5327788) from Orbey D48 or from Soultzeren.
From the pass head in the direction of Lac Vert, the farmhouse inn of Musmiss with its Yellow X markings.
Pass the farmhouse inn (1) and follow the markings (Yellow X) to the intersection with a track marked with a Red triangle.
At the intersection (2), pass the Yellow X marked path and turn right uphill, (heading north-west) on the Red triangle marked path.
Follow this path as far as the junction (3) with Yellow cross marked path.
Take the Yellow cross marked path downhill (heading south-west) and follow it to the Lac Vert dam.
Arrive at the dam (4), turn right onto the Yellow disk marked trail in the direction of the Gaertlesrain farmhouse inn, pass next to the farmhouse inn and continue on your way as far as the Erichson refuge.
At the Erichson refuge (5), leave the Yellow disk marked track and take the path marked with a red disk uphill (heading north-west) to the Route des Crêtes car park.
Arrive at the car park (6), turn right (headed north-north-east) on the path (RM5) marked with a Red rectangle for about 100 m.
Leave the GR5 and turn right on the alternative route of the RM5 (7). This alternative route provides a great view of the Vosges mountains.
Continue on the alternative route until it joins up again with the GR5. (8)
Continue on the GR5 with its red rectangle to the viewpoint (9) overlooking Forlet Lake.
At the viewpoint, continue on the GR5 (Red rectangles) to the north-east to the intersection with the track marked with a Yellow triangle. (10)
Take the Yellow triangle marked trail (headed east) to the Red triangle marked track. (11)
Head downhill (headed south-south-east) on the Red triangle marked trail leading to Forlet Lake (Lac des Truites).
Pass the farmhouse inn at Forlet (12) and follow the Red triangle marked path to the dam.
At the dam turn right heading east on the path marked with Yellow disks (13) (Initially this path is shared with the Red disk markings).
The yellow disc marked path narrows and becomes a track at the Altenkraeh farm.
Leave the farm to your right and continue to follow the Yellow disk marked path which rises slightly in the meadows. (14)
Continue on the Yellow marked trail as far as the intersection of the three trails marked with a Yellow rectangle, yellow disk, and a yellow cross. (15)
At the intersection, take the GR532 path (headed south-east with Yellow rectangle markings) and follow it downhill until Wettstein Pass.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.34 - alt. mi 0.34
2 : mi 1.41 - alt. mi 1.41
3 : mi 2.18 - alt. mi 2.18
4 : mi 4.28 - alt. mi 4.28
5 : mi 4.91 - alt. mi 4.91 - Chalet Erichson
6 : mi 5.44 - alt. mi 5.44
7 : mi 5.48 - alt. mi 5.48
8 : mi 6.22 - alt. mi 6.22
9 : mi 6.6 - alt. mi 6.6
10 : mi 6.95 - alt. mi 6.95
11 : mi 7.2 - alt. mi 7.2 - Altenkraehkopf
12 : mi 7.83 - alt. mi 7.83
13 : mi 8.19 - alt. mi 8.19
14 : mi 8.75 - alt. mi 8.75
15 : mi 9.64 - alt. mi 9.64
D/A : mi 10.49 - alt. mi 10.49
- at the Musmisss farm inn
- at the Erichson Chalet
- at the Gazon du Faing hostel
- at the Forlet farmhouse inn
Club Vosgien markings
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It overlooks the beautiful pasture of Gaertlesrain above the town of Soultzeren. It enjoys a magnificent view over the valley of Munster, the peaks of the Vosges, the Black Forest and even the Alps. Accessible on foot from the Green Lake or Lake Forlet (Yellow disc markings) or from the Dreieck car park on Route des Crêtes (Red disk markings). You will be welcomed by our volunteers, who will offer you drinks to accompany your picnic lunch or snacks.
Can provide shelter to up to 30 hikers, it is open daily from 1 May to 1 November. It does not include accommodation.
Weekday reservation for groups can be made by calling +33 (0)6 82 82 21 39. To contact the volunteer who looks after it, call +33 (0)6 77 10 94 28.
Start and finish at the Col de Bramont.
This route will let you discover the Lac des Corbeaux from the Belvédère de la Roche du Lac 200m above it.
The view is stunning and its the perfect place for a snack!
A trail takes you down to the lake. It doesn't cross the embankment, but takes you round the lake on a pleasant, shady trail.
Return to the Col de Bramont via the Étang de Sèchemer.
A very beautiful circuit that's not too difficult, although very steep.
A beautiful hike that takes you up to the “Gazons”, the famous pastures of the Hautes Vosges, and along the steep slopes overlooking the magnificent cirques where the lakes of Lac Vert and Lac du Forlet lie. All of this is situated at an altitude and in landscapes that are reminiscent of the Alps.
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Start at the Col de la Schlucht car park...
A very athletic outing. Good equipment and good physical condition are recommended!
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This short hike on trails marked by the Club Vosgien has in the first instance views of the valley of Munster, and also a view of the peaks of the Vosges. The many picnic opportunities around the Lac des Truites or Lac Forlet lakes, the trout spotting opportunities, as well the welcoming farmhouse make for an enjoyable outing.
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