Elevation profile Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Elevation profile Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Elevation profile Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
658
difficulty points
4%
avg. gradient
10.8%
steepest 100 meters
26.2km
length
1054m
total ascent

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Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl is a climb in the region Grand Est. It is 26.2km long and bridges 1054 vertical meters with an average gradient of 4%, resulting in a difficulty score of 658. The top of the ascent is located at 1341 meters above sea level. Climbfinder users shared 2 reviews/stories of this climb and uploaded 6 photos.

This is an automatic translation, the original language is: Dutch.
I did this climb in summer 2022 from Guebwiller (5 km before Buhl with a.o. hypermarché and cycle shop) on the tandem. The D430 up to Lautenbach is annoyingly busy, but you can take a cycle path at sections or go parallel through the villages. After Lautenbach (km 10), the road was almost deserted.... read more
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Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl

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Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
This climb
Grand Est
645 climbs
Vosges
339 climbs
France
6053 climbs
Europe
24107 climbs
Difficulty points
658
1
rank
8
rank
10
rank
386
59% easier than
Col du Galibier
rank
1842
Average gradient
4%
rank
458
75% less steep than
Côte d'Albé
rank
263
75% less steep than
Côte d'Albé
rank
4410
rank
16560
87% less steep than
Calçada do Rêgo Lameiro
Length
26.2km
rank
1
rank
1
rank
57
45% shorter than
Col de l'Iseran
rank
248
Total ascent
1054m
rank
3
10% less ascent than
Col du Grand Ballon from Cernay
rank
3
10% less ascent than
Col du Grand Ballon from Cernay
rank
184
49% less ascent than
Col du Galibier
rank
850

Classification

Famous climb
Beautiful scenery
Hidden gem
0 hairpin turns

Road surface condition

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Traffic

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Climbing times

7 km/h 03:44:55
11 km/h 02:23:07
15 km/h 01:44:57
19 km/h 01:22:51

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acdhirr
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I did this climb in summer 2022 from Guebwiller (5 km before Buhl with a.o. hypermarché and cycle shop) on the tandem. The D430 up to Lautenbach is annoyingly busy, but you can take a cycle path at sections or go parallel through the villages. After Lautenbach (km 10), the road was almost deserted. You ride here mainly through forest and it goes up to eight percent. At the reservoir at km 14, you can take a break. There you can see the balloon in the distance above you for inspiration. After another 2 km climbing at 7 percent you pass the col de Markstein at 1183 m (here are restaurants and a lot of people) and turn left into the D431G. That road is a bit busier, but pointless and almost flat and offers beautiful views. Just before the balloon, after the Col du Haag, it is still steep for a kilometre, but then you are almost there. Here a lot of cyclists, hikers, coaches and 2 restaurants. Tip: walk 600 metres to the top of the Grand Ballon (and therefore of the Vosges). I also cycled back to Guebwiller. I noticed that the D430 downwards suffers more from bad stretches of tarmac, so you have to be careful sometimes.

Deze klim heb ik zomer 2022 vanuit Guebwiller (5 km voor Buhl met o.a. hypermarché en fietsenmaker) op de tandem gedaan. De D430 tot aan Lautenbach is vervelend druk, maar je kunt op trajecten een fietspad nemen of parallel door de dorpen gaan. Na Lautenbach (km 10) was de weg nagenoeg verlaten. Je rijdt hier voornamelijk door bos en het gaat hier naar tegen de acht procent. Bij het stuwmeer op km 14 kun je even bijkomen. Daar zie je ter inspiratie de ballon in de verte boven je liggen. Na nog een 2 km klimmen tegen 7 procent passeer je de col de Markstein op 1183 m (hier restaurants en een hoop volk) en sla je linksaf de D431G in. Die weg is iets drukker, maar puntgaaf en bijna vlak en biedt prachtige uitzichten. Vlak voor de ballon gaat het na de Col du Haag nog even een kilometertje steil, maar dan ben je er al bijna. Hier een hoop fietsers, wandelaars, touringcars en 2 restaurants. Tip: loop even 600 meter naar de top van de Grand Ballon (en dus van de Vogezen). Terug heb ik hem ook gefietst naar Guebwiller. Het viel op dat de D430 naar beneden meer last heeft van slechte stukken asfalt, dus dat is soms wel oppassen.

Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
Col du Grand Ballon from Buhl
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Niek
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16 July 2018 I climbed the Grand Ballon from Buhl. Long climb with a flat approach on a busy road, but gradually the thumbscrews are tightened. Especially when you have climbed the Grand Ballon twice already. The middle part is steeper than indicated and from Le Markstein it goes up false flat. 2 km before the summit it is hard work again. The road surface is good.

16 juli 2018 heb ik de Grand Ballon vanuit Buhl beklommen. Lange beklimming met een vlakke aanloop op een drukke weg, maar langzamerhand worden de duimschroeven aangedraaid. Zeker wanneer je al twee keer beklimming van de Grand Ballon in de benen hebt. Het middenstuk is stijler dan staat aangegeven en vanaf Le Markstein gaat het vals plat omhoog. 2 km voor de top is het weer ouderwets harken geblazen. Het wegdek is goed.

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