Around the Lac des Perches

This walk takes you to the Lac des Perches ; a lake that nestles at the bottom of a very steep-sided cirque. Then the path leads you on to a stubble field where there is a very beautiful view over the valley of the Doller and even of the Alps when the sky is clear.

Technical sheet
No. 1955
A Rimbach-près-Masevaux walk posted on 05/12/11 by visorando. Update : 30/10/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 4h20[?]
Distance Distance : 6.16mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 2051ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 2054ft
Highest point Highest point : 3750ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1906ft
Average Difficulty : Average
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 47.827885° / E 6.951506°
Map IGN Map (Click to buy) : Ref. 3620ET
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Lac des Perches


(D) Park in Rimbach-près-Masevaux, ideally in the centre of the village, there being, in fact no parking at the start of the path.Then follow the blue triangles, as far as the Lac des Perches. At first this is a foresters path, as far as the farmhouse B and B at Riesenwald
(1), then a path until you reach the Lac des Perches.

(2) On arrival at the lake go to the right towards the Col des Perches (3) The path rises quite steeply in hairpin bends. At the col, take the path on the left and follow the red triangles. You will then pass onto scree which overhangs the lake, then rejoin a stubble field. From this field, when the sky is clear one can see the Swiss Alps.

Cross the field (4) then rejoin the GR531 (blue rectangles) which goes back to the lake by another route. From the lake , just before the dam, go to the right and follow the red triangles to continue the descent. The path passes beside the farm of Basse Bers. Continue to descend towards Rimbach by following the pierced yellow circles.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0
1 : mi 0.25 - alt. mi 0.25
2 : mi 1.03 - alt. mi 1.03
3 : mi 1.35 - alt. mi 1.35
4 : mi 2.1 - alt. mi 2.1 - Lac des Perches
5 : mi 2.35 - alt. mi 2.35 - Col des Perches
6 : mi 2.9 - alt. mi 2.9
7 : mi 3.04 - alt. mi 3.04 - Chalet de Haute Bers
8 : mi 3.31 - alt. mi 3.31
9 : mi 4.63 - alt. mi 4.63 - Refuge de la Bers (SGDF)
10 : mi 5.31 - alt. mi 5.31
D/A : mi 6.16 - alt. mi 6.16

Useful Information

As for many walks in the Vosges bring good shoes, water and some food.
At the top of the circuit, in the fields, you can shelter in a small chalet.
Be careful in winter, landslides above the Lac des Perches can be very dangerous in the case of snow or ice. It is better to rope up together.
Possiblity of a drink and something to eat at the farmhouse B and B of the Riesenwald(1)

We advise taking IGN maps with you on this walk. Click here to buy : 3620ET.

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

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