Are you longing to go on a backpacking trip and become a backcountry explorer as you 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 will find their happiness on the beautiful steep trails of the Vosges and beginners will discover this sport in groups, accompanied by mountain guides. Trail races, such as "Le Grand Défi des Vosges", are also regularly organised throughout the year. This brings together almost 1,600 runners every year. For the beginners, you can join trail stations offered in towns like Gérardmer. There, you will learn the basics of this sport as well as the necessary warm-up 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. They are based in several towns in the Hautes-Vosges. You can choose the person 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 safely. Several times a year, some of them offer excursions so that you can discover their part of the Vosges differently. This can be done in groups, either on foot or 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.