Lac Vert - Gazon du Faing - Forlet Lake (Lac des Truites)

Explore the forest, lakes and the Hautes Chaumes, the highlights of this hike that follows Vosges Club trails.

Technical sheet
No. 4098793
A Orbey walk posted on 22/07/13 by LB_Neil. Update : 12/01/20
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h25[?]
Distance Distance : 16.89km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 547m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 538m
Highest point Highest point : 1297m
Lowest point Lowest point : 852m
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Vosges mountains
Location Location : Orbey (68370)
Starting point Starting point : N 48.087877° / E 7.115986°
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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.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 889m - Col de Wettstein (882m)
1 : km 0.55 - alt. 921m
2 : km 2.28 - alt. 854m
3 : km 3.5 - alt. 950m
4 : km 6.89 - alt. 1063m - Lac Vert ou de Soultzeren (Vosges)
5 : km 7.91 - alt. 1169m - Chalet Erichson
6 : km 8.75 - alt. 1229m
7 : km 8.82 - alt. 1227m
8 : km 10.01 - alt. 1292m
9 : km 10.61 - alt. 1285m
10 : km 11.19 - alt. 1296m
11 : km 11.59 - alt. 1269m - Altenkraehkopf
12 : km 12.6 - alt. 1091m
13 : km 13.18 - alt. 1074m - Lac des Truites
14 : km 14.09 - alt. 1079m
15 : km 15.51 - alt. 965m
D/A : km 16.89 - alt. 889m

Useful Information

Refreshments available:

- at the Musmisss farm inn
- at the Erichson Chalet
- at the Gazon du Faing hostel
- at the Forlet farmhouse inn

Club Vosgien markings

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

Erichson Chalet

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.

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