The Col du Platzerwasel is interesting
because it is hard and because it is an almost unavoidable climb
in the Vosges providing access to the Route des Crêtes
from the east.
After the start in Metzeral the first 3 kilometers with a 3-6% slope
are relatively easy. The route heads southward,
passes Sondernach and then suddenly bends back to the north
and true climbing begins.
The following 7 kilometers are hard with
an alternation of really steep parts (10-11%)
and parts with a slope of 4-5% that allow some recuperation.
The dense forest does not allow any view.
At the elevation of 1193 meter the Col du Platzerwasel proper
is reached but this is not all.
The true finish and the end of our route is Le Breitfirst (1282 m),
which takes another 3 kilometers with 2 short descends and
another 124 meters to climb, adding 102 climb effort points
to the 686 of the Platzerwasel proper.