Previously a discipline reserved for mountain climbers to make their ascents, climbing has become more and more accessible.
There are many natural or artificial structures to climb, with or without equipment, in the Hautes Vosges d’Alsace. The choices available to climbers range from low blocks and climbing walls to rock faces several hundred metres high.
Prepared outdoor sites:
Bourbach-le-Haut: Rocher du Krapenfels to Col du Schirm (in the direction of Masevaux from Bourbach-le-Haut), take the path with red-white-red rectangle signposts in the direction of Rossberg.
Lac de Kruth-Wildenstein: Schlossberg climbing site awaits you just two steps away from Kruth-Wildenstein lake. 22-route site accessible free-of-charge and unsupervised.
Rimbach-près-Masevaux, Le Rocher du Corbeau (Crow's Rock): Adventure site
Granite des Ballons, quite rugged, 15 routes. For qualified and experienced mountain climbers. Bring your own equipment (helmet, straps, long rope, climber's hooks, wedges). Height 10 to 60m, level 4a to 6c. SOUTH-facing cliff, altitude 1020 m.
Access to Le Rocher du Corbeau is prohibited from 01/01 to 01/07 (birds of prey nesting during this period)
Access: on foot, 1½ hours walk from Riesenwald farm B&B in the direction of Lac des Perches lake then Rocher du Corbeau.
+333 89 82 06 67
Sewen - Rocher du Knappen: Beautiful granite site with more than 50 routes and 6m to 20m-high top ropes. For beginner and intermediate climbers.
Height 10 to 30 m, blocks 4 to 5. SOUTH-facing cliff, height between 800m and 850m.
Access: The most pleasant way to reach it is to drive up to Lac d'Alfeld carpark (100 places). From there, walk along the lake's embankment, continue along the path in the direction of Baerenbach (blue rectangle), once you arrive on the big path, turn to the right to reach the main area (sector 2), less than 15 minutes from the carpark.
Alternatively, you can take the drivable track, on the right before the lake, towards Baerenbach. In this case, park your car after the bridge on the right (10 places). You will come to the first area (base camp) after a 100 m walk to the left of the track. The other areas are 200 m further on to the right of the track.
You are advised not to park in front of the cliff as agricultural and forest vehicles pass by here.
Climbing leader : Jean Koell +333 89 82 06 67
Steinbach - Rocher du Hirnelestein : The summit of Hirnelestein (35 m high volcanic rock) offers a stunning view. Its South face is prepared for introductory climbing. The 18 routes are freely accessible and are not fenced off. Equipment is not supplied.
Accessible all year round
Clairière du Silberthal – 68700 STEINBACH. Signposted trail leads from the carpark to the climbing site.
+333 89 75 40 58
Thann, Rocher du Rosenbourg: in Thann town centre, head towards the Museum, crossing the bridge over the Thur, and then turn off to the left on Rue de l’Engelbourg. Park when you reach the "sauf riverains" (riverside dwellers only) sign. Follow the cycle path on foot (in the direction of Bitschwiller-les-Thann) for about 400 m until you reach the cliff adjoining the trail. This is about a 7 minute walk. This site is small but very suited to beginners and families. The grades of the routes go from 3a to 6c+ with a maximum height of 15 m.
For more information refer to map IGN TO 25 3620ET fold 9E, 330 m.
Thann, Rocher du Kattenbachy, Rue du Kattenbachy, after the carpark at the entrance to Chemin Montaigne, take the forest trail along the bottom of the small valley, turn left at the first crossing, and the rock is about 500 m further on (red circle signs). – route levels: 3 to 5 – height: 5 to 7 m.
The 2 sites are accessible all year round
+333 89 37 44 47 (office open on Thursday from 18:30 to 20:00)
Artificial indoor structure
Bitschwiller-lès-Thann: artificial structure
Bitschwiller-lès-Thann Sports Hall (Salle des sports)
Open from early October to the end of May, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 20:00 to 22:00 and on Fridays from 20:30 to 22:15.
+333 89 37 44 47.
Cernay - Climbing wall – sports centre on the banks of the Thur: Climbing wall open to people certified by Club Alpin Français. Equipment is not supplied.
Open from early October to the end of June, on Tuesdays from 20:00 to 22:00, Fridays from 18:00 to 20:00 for children and from 20:00 to 22:00 for adults.
Rue Gustave Eiffel – 68700 CERNAY
Club Alpin Français – section de Thann +333 89 37 85 80. Office hours Thursday evening from 18:30 to 20:00.
Masevaux: artificial structure of 7m + another 11 m to be developed at the multi-purpose gym (COSEC) in Masevaux, 7 rue Paul Burgi. Open to Club Vosgien members. About 50 routes.
Training hours: Fridays for young people ages 8 to 11 from 17:30 to 19:45 and ages 12 to 18 from 19:45 to 20:30. Adults from 20:30 to 22.30. Adult training on Tuesdays + free access from 20:00 to 22:00 (except holidays)
Prepared outdoor sites
Artificial indoor structures
Membership of the French mountain-climbing associations Club Alpin Français or Fédération Française de montagne et de l’Escalade
Cernay - sports centre on the banks of the Thur:
Membership of Club Alpin Français
Membership of Club Vosgien Masevaux