From Wettstein Pass to the Lac des Truites

A Orbey walk posted on 06/01/13 by henri57. Update : 09/01/18

This short hike on trails marked by the Club Vosgien has in the first instance views of the valley of Munster, and also a view of the peaks of the Vosges. The many picnic opportunities around the Lac des Truites or Lac Forlet lakes, the trout spotting opportunities, as well the welcoming farmhouse make for an enjoyable outing.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 9.69km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 287m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 284m
Highest point Highest point : 1095m
Lowest point Lowest point : 875m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
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 7.115977°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3718OTR


To begin this Alsace walk, reach the Col du Wettstein, from Orbey D48 or from Soultzeren. Park in the car park. GPS coordinates N48°05'16.4" E7°06'57.5"

From the pass, take the GR532 headed north, towards Lac Noir. The trail is marked with a Yellow rectangle. Starting in the woods, the path is a little steep but then the climb becomes easier.
Follow the signs for about 1.5 km to the intersection of the three marked trails (1).
Take the middle path, towards the west. It is marked with a Yellow cross. This balcony path narrows through the forest and leads to the paved road leading to the lake (2).
Turn right in the direction of the rise and go up the asphalt road to the intersection with a track that goes left (3). Markings: Red triangle. We must follow this track, continuing uphill to the dam (4). Arrive at the dam, turn left around the lake.

Retrace your steps to the dam. Turn right heading east, the path marked with a Yellow disk. The path narrows and leads to Altenkraeh farm (5).
Pass by the farm on the right, turn left following the Yellow disk markings. It rises slightly in the meadows. Follow this trail to the junction of the three marked trails (1).
Once at this intersection, turn right ignoring the outbound path and follow the trail south marked with a Yellow disk .
After 800 metres, you will come to a junction where you must turn right, heading south-east, and take the path marked with Yellow X markings towards the farmhouse of Musmiss. The trail winds in an S and approaches the farmhouse. From the terrace you can see the Hohneck.
There remains only to continue on the marked trail to the Col du Wettstein, where we come to the car park and the starting point.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.37 - alt. km 1.37 - Crossroads of three marked paths.
2 : km 2.89 - alt. km 2.89 - Intersection with the paved road.
3 : km 3.52 - alt. km 3.52 - Branching of Piste du Lac. Red triangle
4 : km 3.89 - alt. km 3.89 - Dam.
5 : km 4.49 - alt. km 4.49
6 : km 5.95 - alt. km 5.95 - Altenkraeh farm.
7 : km 8.07 - alt. km 8.07 - Intersection with the path marked with a Yellow X
8 : km 9.24 - alt. km 9.24
D/A : km 9.69 - alt. km 9.69

Useful Information

You can eat at the Lac des Truites farmhouse of and/or the Musmiss inn.

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3718OTR.

Click here to see how to reach the starting point.

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

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During the walk or to do/see around

A picnic area and picnic opportunities on the rocks around the lake.

Opinions and comments


Number of opinions : 62
Description quality : 3.53/4
Routemap quality : 3.54/4
Walk interest : 3.74/4
Global average : 3.61/4

on Tue 09 Aug 2016 12:28:51 CEST : Re: From Wettstein Pass to the Lac des Truites

Date of walk : 28/07/16
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

Actually did walk backwards, missing path forks from description - lovely walk though.

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