The Pearls of Vologne

A Xonrupt-Longemer walk posted on 14/08/13 by roger daniel. Update : 27/11/16

“Les Perles de Vologne” is a wonderful site on the shaded bank of the Vologne.
You will pass on Pont des Fées and the Marie-Louise islands, before climbing along the torrent in the Roitelets Gorge, to reach the Roche des Bruyères from where you can admire the town of Gerardmer and its lake. Then, at the Gilet Fountain, located in the forest, you can refresh your hands.
Take a break at the Belbriette Pond before descending to Longemer Lake and the Saint Florent chapel.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 6h20[?]
Distance Distance : 17.91km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 498m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 499m
Highest point Highest point : 963m
Lowest point Lowest point : 668m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Vosges mountains
Location Location : Xonrupt-Longemer (88400)
Starting point Starting point : N 48.084834° / E 6.910161°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3618OTR

Description

Start at the Saut des Cuves car park at Xonrupt-Longemer.

Cross the bridge over the Vologne then turn left and go down towards the Pont des Fées following the red circles of the path marked by the Club Vosgien. Continue to the Marie-Louise islands, about 500 m after (1), take a small path to the right, which goes along a stream. This is the Roitelets Gorge.
Then go behind the Vologne Farm and get to the GR533 marked with a green rectangle (2). Leave the little road at a hairpin bend (3), turn left onto the D8, which you follow for 100 m to the left, before turning into a path on the right (4).
Continue straight at each intersection to reach the Roche des Bruyères. Enjoy the view of Gerardmer Lake. The path joins a track (6). Turn right and follow the track to an intersection (7), where you must turn right to reach the Gilet Fountain.

From there, turn right and then immediately left to join the forest road (8) The trail is marked with a green and white rectangle then green crosses. Turn left onto this RF and follow it as far as the D23 (9). Walk along the road for 400 m and at Surceneux Pass (10), turn right. At the T-junction, 200 m further on, turn left onto Chemin Gaspard, follow it up to the Col du Port des Planches (11). Then leave Chemin Gaspard to take a path in front, quickly reaching Chemin de la Casuette (12). Turn right, then left at the next intersection (13) to reach the Belbriette Pond.
Retrace your steps to the WP13 and turn left.
Continue as far as a fork (14). Take the rightmost path to reach the D417 (15).

Cross it, then head to Longemer Lake and the Saint Florent Chapel, taking a small road along the D417. After the chapel, reach the D67A and turn right. Continue towards Xonrupt. At the fork (16), turn left to get to the intersection after the church (17). Turn right, then left at the first street. Go past the sawmill and at the second intersection (18), take the path on the right which takes you back to the Saut des Cuves car park.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0
1 : km 1.49 - alt. km 1.49 - Start at Chemin de la Gorge des Roitelets.
2 : km 2.1 - alt. km 2.1 - Junction with the GR533.
3 : km 2.38 - alt. km 2.38 - Hairpin bend Turn left.
4 : km 3.01 - alt. km 3.01
5 : km 4.02 - alt. km 4.02 - La Roche des Bruyères.
6 : km 4.24 - alt. km 4.24 - Intersection with the trail.
7 : km 5.45 - alt. km 5.45 - Fork towards Gilet Fountain.
8 : km 5.77 - alt. km 5.77 - Intersection with the Béheuille RF route.
9 : km 8.02 - alt. km 8.02 - Intersection with the D23.
10 : km 8.4 - alt. km 8.4 - Col du Surceneux.
11 : km 10.11 - alt. km 10.11 - Col du Port des Planches.
12 : km 10.5 - alt. km 10.5 - Intersection with Chemin de la Casuette.
13 : km 11.02 - alt. km 11.02 - Intersection at Belbriette Pond.
14 : km 13.3 - alt. km 13.3 - Fork.
15 : km 14.11 - alt. km 14.11 - Lac de Longemer - Intersection with the D417.
16 : km 16.09 - alt. km 16.09 - Fork
17 : km 16.61 - alt. km 16.61 - Crossroads after the church.
18 : km 17.52 - alt. km 17.52
D/A : km 17.91 - alt. km 17.91

Useful Information

3618OT IGN map.
Good walking shoes.
Bring rain covers.

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During the walk or to do/see around

Gerardmer Lake.
Tendon waterfall.
Summer tobogganing in La Bresse.
Fitness trail in Gerardmer.

Opinions and comments

Average

Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 3.00/4
Routemap quality : 2.00/4
Walk interest : 3.00/4
Global average : 2.67/4

Mike_Colmar
Walker
on Mon 01 Oct 2018 09:58:31 CEST : Re: The Pearls of Vologne

Date of walk : 30/09/18
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

Nice walk through some nice wood land. We may or amy not have remaining on the correct track during the first hour up to the pass, but it was OK. Not many people around - even on a Saturday. Worth the drive from Colmar

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