At the start of Lake Lispach, this hike will take you through a variety of settings. Peat bogs bordering Lake Lispach where you will see the Vosges’ forests and even some of the Rouge Feigne’s stubble more than 1,100 m above sea level. The return on the mountainside will eventually convince you that the Vosges are not just for cows...
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.
Park at one of the many car parks around Lake Lispach. There is plenty of space, ideally on one side of the lake, heading to the Col des Faignes.
The walk begins gently with a tour of Lake Lispach (1) at about 900 m in altitude in an anti-clockwise direction. Follow the hollow yellow circles. Once you have reached the road (2), turn right and go to La Bresse about a hundred metres away. Turn left (3) on a forest road that climbs slowly but surely. From there follow the hollow red circles until you return. Once at the top, take a small path to the left (4) and pass by the Rouge Feigne. You are now more than 1100 m above sea level. A little further on, at the beginning of the descent, you will see the ski resort of La Bresse on your right. At the beginning of the descent, you will have a nice view (5).
The way back is a bit more complicated, since there are often rocks on the mountainsides. The course is not dangerous, except in case of frost, but be careful all the same. Continue to follow the hollow red circles indicating the skiing path and you will finally reach Lake Lispach and the car park.
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.49 - alt. mi 0.49 - Lac de Lispach
2 : mi 0.85 - alt. mi 0.85
3 : mi 0.99 - alt. mi 0.99
4 : mi 2.26 - alt. mi 2.26
5 : mi 3.23 - alt. mi 3.23 - Point de vue près du Rouge-Feigne
D/A : mi 5.94 - alt. mi 5.94
Wear good walking shoes. They will be helpful for the return.
Bring some food and water.
In summer bring a picnic as the areas around the lake are very nice. Remember to take your rubbish with your or dispose of it in bins!
Finally, the return is very difficult when there is ice or snow. There is risk of a fatal fall. Avoid if possible in this case.
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