Walking around the Grand Ballon - Vosges

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After breakfast we drive towards Route Des Crêtes for a walk at the Grand Ballon. The Grand Ballon is the highest peak of the Vosges in France.

We park our car at the parking of the Grand Ballon. We look at the weather and take our raincoats with us out of precaution. The view is due to clouds not what we had hoped for, but we still take the path towards Lac du Ballon. We start our walk to the top of the Grand Ballon to the monument for the Blue Devils, who during the First World War kept the Grand Ballon in French control! We walk from the monument to the radar station at the top of the Grand Ballon. There is much discussion over the beauty of the radar station. You either hate it of love it.
We have a scenic view over the peaks of the Vosges in France near the Radar station. After a short break we descent over a path through grassland. We stop for a lunch at the fence of a closed Auberge and look closely to the weather change. Shortly after the start of our lunch, the first drops of rain come out of the sky and it doesn't seem to get better soon. We decide to shorten our walk and to return to the parking at the Grand Ballon. Over an unpaved road we walk towards a walking path which will take us back to the Grand Ballon. Five minutes after the start of our way back, it starts to rain very hard. Luckily we brought our raincoats and protect ourselves for the rain. We continue our walk through a forest. As soon as we enter open field a thunderstorm starts in the distance. Because walking in a thunderstorm in an open field is a bad idea we continue our walk quickly. When a cloud burst starts, we decide to shelter under a couple of small trees. As soon as the rain starts to decrease we walk back to the parking of the Grand Ballon.

There are many walking options at the Grand Ballon. Unfortunately we had bad luck with the wetter. But still it is worth a visit to the highest peak of the Vosges in France, the Grand Ballon (1424 m).

Length: 5 km
Height difference: 200m

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