The Vosges Mountains magically attract many SOTA activators. The density of 10-point summits is very high. There are many of them, which are extremely comfortable to reach.
However, many AZs are in the middle of the forest and you have to find your way, which can sometimes be a bit tedious. In addition, the peaks and paths to them are often not really beautiful. If the mountain is a bit out of the way, doesn’t have 10 points and the summit is still in the undergrowth according to the map, it’s not so desirable.
You can see this clearly in the activation figures.
When I go out, I usually do more than one summit. Then I try to connect the summits with a hike whenever possible.
The other day my eyes fell on FL/VO-098. It’s not that far away from me and I haven’t been there yet. I had already visited FL/VO-034. It is easy to reach.
Before I go, I look at all available maps and info on the trails and summits. Here it was clear that there might be a trail that passes about 40m below the summit on the western side. As I learned, such records in maps are often somewhat older and no longer correct.
Nevertheless, the two summits offered themselves for a joint activation.
There are plenty of parking options at Chemin du Cras: SOTLAS …
and the dotted hiking trail to the south leads through a pine forest with fields of blueberries to FL/VO-034.
The path back and on to Col du Herrenwasen OpenStreetMap is easy to find.
And yes, the path marked with a dashed line still exists. It is no longer maintained, but it is not overgrown either. What is not marked on any map - at the height of the path, a U-turn turns off to the right, which brings you as a dead end directly into the activation zone.
There are many rocky summits in the Vosges. This one is characterised by red sandstone, the material from which many important buildings (e.g. cathedrals) were built. This summit is definitely one of the more beautiful ones!
My activation yesterday was the 6th on this summit. It is absolutely underrated and a real recommendation. If it still had a view, it would be a highlight. Maybe in winter without leaves.
Dead end … the last altimeters to the summit:
Impressing Rocks and stones:
Path where you came from: