Lake Noir from Pairis

A Orbey walk posted on 02/02/14 by randoapalib. Update : 01/04/19

An uphill section towards Lake Noir on the slope of Orbey.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h00[?]
Distance Distance : 4.66mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1142ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1125ft
Highest point Highest point : 3241ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 2149ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Vosges mountains
Location Location : Orbey (68370)
Starting point Starting point : N 48.116062° / E 7.12653°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3718OTR
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Start in Pairis, just after the hospital near “Le Faing” there is a small road to the left where you can park your car (S).

On foot, head in the direction of Noimont for 200 m, then turn right at the second path and you climb for 1 km to cut across the D481v (1). Take it to the left, then immediately right towards Prés du Bois (holiday rental homes).

The road winds for 1 km, arrives on a plateau going right on a path through the meadows up to the farms and Lake Noir (2).

After 1 km there is a path that we follow along the ledge on the right (3), cross a staff housing area for the hydraulic plant, and then down to the lake.

(4) We arrive at the dam and the hostel, for the return route, take the path down to the right of the road.

We pass near the lake level control building, and after 100 m turn right onto the path (5), then immediately left, still on a path that descends steeply to the stream on your right.

After 800 m you cross the departmental road, take the path opposite, this time with the stream on your left, and after 300 m you will arrive at the trout farms. Continue down to the departmental road (6) and follow it on the left for 400 m to then take the path on the left towards the campsite. We keep on this path for another 600 m, pass in front of a house, then immediately on the right take the path down to the cemetery and the start point (F).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.83 - alt. mi 0.83 - Cross the D481v
2 : mi 1.9 - alt. mi 1.9 - Lac Noir
3 : mi 2.62 - alt. mi 2.62 - A path along a ledge leads to the right
4 : mi 2.92 - alt. mi 2.92 - Lake Noir retention dam and inn
5 : mi 3.14 - alt. mi 3.14 - Take the path to the right
6 : mi 4.01 - alt. mi 4.01 - Departmental road
D/A : mi 4.66 - alt. mi 4.66

Useful Information

Inn of Lake Noir.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Beautiful views over the valley of Orbey.

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