Do you yearn to use a backpacking trip to become a backcountry explorer and take part in a more "extreme" hike in the mountains or on winding trails ? Once you have benefited from all the wonders of Épinal and its surrounding area go to the Hautes-Vosges, where you can hike on more challenging mountain trails and experience new sensations.
Hiking enthusiasts find their happiness on the beautiful steep trails of the Vosges and beginners can discover this sport being accompanied in groups by mountain guides. Trail races, such as "Le Grand Défi des Vosges", are also regularly scheduled during the year. The latter brings together almost 1,600 runners every year. For beginners in this area, you can join trail stations, offered in towns like Gérardmer, where you will learn the basics of this sport as well as the warm-up necessary before heading off safely on the marked trails.
The Vosges Mountains and their panoramic ridges are ideal for one or more days of hiking, thanks to the refuges dotting the massif. For amateurs, a first hike in the Hautes-Vosges is often an experience to be renewed !
Go with a guide !
Guides are available to help you discover the hilly trails of the Vosges. There are based in several towns in the Hautes-Vosges. You can choose the one that best suits you in regards to the sport you wish to undertake. Accompanied by several people you can discover this beautiful region of the Hautes-Vosges in security. Several times a year some of them offer excursions to discovered their part of the Vosges differently. This can be in groups either on foot or by bike.
So, get your diaries out, pick a date and start preparing. Choose the circuits that suit you best, whether it is for one or more days, accompanied or not. Do not forget to take your hiking shoes which are essential for mountain hiking.