Michelbach dam

A circular walk around Michelbach dam with views over the Swiss Alps and 'Le Grand Ballon d'Alsace' on a clear day. Perfect spot for wildlife spotting. Along the way there are many signs giving some information about what to see and the history.

Technical sheet
No. 20144583
A Michelbach walk posted on 14/03/22 by Delphinium. Update : 18/03/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h15[?]
Distance Distance : 4.26km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 22m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 20m
Highest point Highest point : 352m
Lowest point Lowest point : 334m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Michelbach (68700)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.760823° / E 7.127646°
Download : -
View on the 'Grand Ballon d'Alsace' View over the lake from the South - East side of the dam View from the observatory Wooden structure - Observatory

Description

(D/A) From the information board at Michelback dam car park entrance, turn left (South-West) to walk over the damn. The path is straightforward with views of the lake on your right-hand side and the Swiss Alps in front of you on a clear day.

(1) At the end of the damn, you will enter the woods. Turn right (West) into the woods with the lake still on your right-hand side.

(2) At a junction, with an electric pole on your right, turn right (North). The path curves on the left. At the next junction, turn right (North) on the paved path in between two lakes.

(3) At the end of it, turn right (North-East) passing the wooden gate to an information board. Keep the lake on your right-hand side and some houses on your left. When you reach a junction, keep straight ahead into the woods along the path close to the lake side.

(4) At some point, you will see a wooden observatory. After enjoying the view from up there, with the lake in your back, go up the path towards a 'stone' where you turn right (East) to reach the information board at Michelback dam car park. (D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 344m - Michelback dam car park
1 : km 1.28 - alt. 337m - Woods
2 : km 2.58 - alt. 352m - Electric pole - Two lakes
3 : km 3.14 - alt. 339m - Information board
4 : km 3.89 - alt. 341m - Wooden observatory
D/A : km 4.26 - alt. 344m - Michelback dam car park

Useful Information

Car Park : There is a car park with many places at the dam.

Accessibility : Easy access to wheelchairs, many benches along the way

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

  • A lot of wildlife can be spotted.
  • A great view of the Swiss Alps and the 'Grand ballon d'Alsace'.

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