Route des Cretes

The Route des Cretes (the road of the ridges) is a 60-mile road through the Vosges mountains, built in 1915 by the French army in order to resupply their front line troops. It follows the highest ridges of the Vosges, west of the town of Colmar, giving spectacular views across the mountains to the west and also across the Rhine plain to the east. All along the route there are signs of the horrendous battles that took place high in these mountains during WW1, particularly at Tete des Faux, Le Linge, and Vieil Armand, where there are well-preserved trenches and dugouts. It also climbs the Grand Ballon, and four other peaks over 1000m in altitude.


Route des Cretes (photo from web)


Route and profile


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Nearby Colmar