Vosges

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 In terms of climbing the Vosges are roughly half the Alps. The number one in the Vosges of this site, Grand Ballon-southeast, counts 842 climb effort points (cep) and 1161 elevation meters, compared to 1570 cep and 2090 meters for the number one in the French Alps, the Télégraphe-Galibier. Assets of the Vosges are the dense network of climbs, and mostly quiet and well paved roads. Unfortunately, views are scarce since most areas are densely forested. The exception is the typically more open landscape of the highest parts, for example that of the touristic Route des Crêtes. This road more or less follows a north-south running crest culminating in some of the highest peaks of the Vosges.
         


Rank Name of climb Diffi-
culty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean
slope (%)
Length
(km)
1 Grand Ballon-southeast 842 1161 299-1341 9.7 4.8 21.7
2 Grand Ballon-west 806 952 391-1341 11.8 7.5 12.6
3 Grand Ballon-east 721 1053 297-1341 9.8 5.9 17.6
4 Grand Ballon-southwest 673 962 381-1341 9.6 6.1 15.7
5 Petit Ballon-northeast 670 861 310-1163 11.1 5.9 14.4
6 Col du Platzerwasel 641 817 490-1282 10.5 6.0 13.2
7 La Planche des Belles Filles 631 620 533-1148 11.2 8.8 7.0
8 Grand Ballon-northeast 618 983 400-1341 8.5 4.0 23.3
9 Col des Chevrères-west 516 546 402-918 13.3 6.3 8.2
10 Ballon d'Alsace-east 485 685 500-1165 9.5 5.1 13.0
11 Col du Calvaire-east 481 761 385-1144 8.6 5.6 13.6
12 Le Hohneck-east 478 915 450-1358 8.5 4.5 20.3
13 Grand Ballon-northwest 475 822 550-1341 9.1 3.6 21.7
14 Ballon de Servance-south 459 628 533-1157 10.2 5.8 10.8
15 Col des Chevrères-northwest 458 543 402-918 13.1 5.5 9.4
16 Le Hohneck-west 424 627 740-1358 9.1 4.7 13.2
17 Ballon d'Alsace-north 400 595 570-1165 8.0 6.6 9.0
18 Collet du Linge 375 565 410-975 7.5 6.4 8.8
19 Plain des Bornes-northwest 342 401 475-862 10.7 6.3 6.2
20 Col des Chevrères-south 283 453 476-918 8.2 5.1 8.7
21 Col du Wettstein-south 237 432 450-882 6.4 5.3 8.2
22 Col du Brabant-north 236 261 620-881 9.9 8.9 2.9
23 Col de Bramont-south 220 391 565-956 6.4 5.4 7.3
24 Col de Fouchy-south 205 338 270-606 7.0 4.9 6.9


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Rank Name of climb Diffi-
culty
(cep)
Height
(m)
foot-top
(m)
Steepest
km (%)
Mean
slope (%)
Length
(km)
1 Grand Ballon-southeast 842 1161 299-1341 9.7 4.8 21.7
2 Grand Ballon-west 806 952 391-1341 11.8 7.5 12.6
3 Grand Ballon-east 721 1053 297-1341 9.8 5.9 17.6
4 Grand Ballon-southwest 673 962 381-1341 9.6 6.1 15.7
5 Petit Ballon-northeast 670 861 310-1163 11.1 5.9 14.4
6 Col du Platzerwasel 641 817 490-1282 10.5 6.0 13.2
7 La Planche des Belles Filles 631 620 533-1148 11.2 8.8 7.0
8 Grand Ballon-northeast 618 983 400-1341 8.5 4.0 23.3
9 Col des Chevrères-west 516 546 402-918 13.3 6.3 8.2
10 Ballon d'Alsace-east 485 685 500-1165 9.5 5.1 13.0
11 Col du Calvaire-east 481 761 385-1144 8.6 5.6 13.6
12 Le Hohneck-east 478 915 450-1358 8.5 4.5 20.3
13 Grand Ballon-northwest 475 822 550-1341 9.1 3.6 21.7
14 Ballon de Servance-south 459 628 533-1157 10.2 5.8 10.8
15 Col des Chevrères-northwest 458 543 402-918 13.1 5.5 9.4
16 Le Hohneck-west 424 627 740-1358 9.1 4.7 13.2
17 Ballon d'Alsace-north 400 595 570-1165 8.0 6.6 9.0
18 Collet du Linge 375 565 410-975 7.5 6.4 8.8
19 Plain des Bornes-northwest 342 401 475-862 10.7 6.3 6.2
20 Col des Chevrères-south 283 453 476-918 8.2 5.1 8.7
21 Col du Wettstein-south 237 432 450-882 6.4 5.3 8.2
22 Col du Brabant-north 236 261 620-881 9.9 8.9 2.9
23 Col de Bramont-south 220 391 565-956 6.4 5.4 7.3
24 Col de Fouchy-south 205 338 270-606 7.0 4.9 6.9

 In terms of climbing the Vosges are roughly half the Alps. The number one in the Vosges of this site, Grand Ballon-southeast, counts 842 climb effort points (cep) and 1161 elevation meters, compared to 1570 cep and 2090 meters for the number one in the French Alps, the Télégraphe-Galibier. Assets of the Vosges are the dense network of climbs, and mostly quiet and well paved roads. Unfortunately, views are scarce since most areas are densely forested. The exception is the typically more open landscape of the highest parts, for example that of the touristic Route des Crêtes. This road more or less follows a north-south running crest culminating in some of the highest peaks of the Vosges.