The Lakes of Neuweiher and Gresson

In the Doller valley, this walk will let you discover the lakes of Neuweiher and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Vosges. It's an easy walk and accessible to anyone.

Technical sheet
No. 4098811
A Rimbach-près-Masevaux walk posted on 12/12/11 by djhoward. Update : 24/07/18
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h30[?]
Distance Distance : 8.05km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 421m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 421m
Highest point Highest point : 956m
Lowest point Lowest point : 535m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Areas Areas : Vosges mountains, Vallée de la Doller / Masevaux
Location Location : Rimbach-près-Masevaux (68290)
Starting point Starting point : N 47.81833° / E 6.940234°
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Petit Neuweiher Lake

Description

Park in the large car park to your left, just after the entrance to the Rimbach. You'll no doubt be surprised by the number of cars when the weather is good.

Follow the small road that continues for a short kilometre. (1) It then turns into a stony path marked with yellow crosses, alongside a river and through forest. If you're worried about your ankles, take the path on your right just before the end of the road. It is marked by blue circles.

Continue on either of the paths until the Lac du Petit Neuweiher (2) which adjoins the Grand Neuweiher (3). This was emptied completed a few years ago (2007) in order to rebuild the embankment that retains the water. Geologists were worried that a fault passing underneath would break, causing a serious flood in the Doller valley. Following these works, the lac has lost a few metres in height.

Then reach the Auberge de Neuweiher (hostel) (4) and turn left on the GR531 marked by blue rectangles. You then climb a little and join the Chaume du Gresson and the Ferme-Auberge du Gresson Moyen at an altitude of 937m (5)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 535m
1 : km 1.15 - alt. 588m
2 : km 2.86 - alt. 829m - Lac du Petit Neuweiher
3 : km 3.08 - alt. 836m - Lac du Grand Neuweiher
4 : km 3.25 - alt. 841m - Refuge du Neuweiher
5 : km 4.41 - alt. 940m - Ferme-Auberge du Gresson
D/A : km 8.05 - alt. 535m

Useful Information

Take walking shoes (trainers should be avoided).
Consider taking plenty of water.
You can stop for refreshments or to spend the night in the Auberge de Neuweiher hostel and the Ferme-Auberge du Gresson Moyen. However, consider booking it as it is often very busy.

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

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