Linthal - Petit Ballon - Klinzkopf - Lac de la Lauch
WanderMicha went for a hike.
August 28, 2021
The Klinzkopf lies between the valleys of Guebwiller ("Florival") and Munster and is only accessible from July 1st to November 30th. The rest of the year the GR532 runs below the summit on the " sentier des Américains "- right now is the ideal time for this round.The start is at the town hall in Linthal, from there it is unfortunately about 2km over asphalt before the road to the Petit Ballon turns into a gravel road. The route alternates with beautiful paths through the forest up to the "Les Mélèzes" farms, from here you are only on the mountain trails.You leave the forest behind you at about 1000m and you have a view of the Grand Ballon in the south and Guebwiller and the Rhine plain in the east.With the summit of the Petit Ballon at 1272m, the first highlight of the tour is soon reached, from here it goes down to the Refuge Rothenbrunnen der Naturfreunde (overnight accommodation for self-catering) and then over a long path passage over Bockswasen past Steinmauer, Hildenfirst, Langenfeldkopf and Wirbelkopf to the Col du Lauchen. The entire area is a protection zone, so detours to the peaks are unfortunately not allowed - the heather vegetation here with blueberries, lingonberries, heather and juniper is also absolutely worth seeing directly on the path.From the Col it goes up another 200m to the Klinzkopf, the highest point of the tour at 1330m.From here it goes downhill, over the Col d'Oberlauchen (former transition from the Florival to the Vallée de Munster) down to the Lac de la Lauch, which was dammed up in 1894. Directly below the dam starts a wonderful forest, the path leads past several waterfalls along the Lauch to the end of the protection zone. From here the valley path would probably still be popular, even if you had asphalt again at the end in Linthal. My variant comes out directly at the Rathausparkplatz, but brings another 100 really uncomfortable vertical meters over the last 2km ...All in all, a very recommendable tour, even if the first few kilometers are not really thrilling.By the way, I'm finally giving up the fight with the new shuffle function at Komoot ... the jumbled pictures are annoying, but maybe they'll be able to do it themselves someday😕
Very nice tour! Thanks for the great directions!
August 29, 2021
You're welcome!You could possibly also start at the lake and then walk past the Bannwald a little above Linthal towards the Petit Ballon ... that saves the asphalt at the beginning and the ups and downs at the end ... 😊
Cool round in the Vosges 🤩👍, Thank you Micha👌
Hello Marko, you're welcome!Not as alpine as your last tours in Switzerland (👍👍👍), but maybe a good suggestion for late autumn ...
Yes, definitely, so thanks for sharing 😃 👍, it's cool that you're on tour again!
You have put together a wonderful round with steep vertical meters 👍and well described, I can use it well, thank you.I also have the Petit Ballon and Lac de Lauch as planned tours (but half as long and high 😄)Greetings Petra
Hello Petra,can actually be run very well, apart from the last stretch to Linthal. Then I'm looking forward to your tours - definitely a worthwhile corner there👍