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Grand Ballon - Saint Amarin     open your myclimbbybike to add this climb

12.7 km  1343 m  (932 m)  7.3 %


The Grand Ballon is the highest mountain in the Vosges. From the top, you can see the Petit Ballon, Ballon d'Alsace and the Storkekopf. Looking east, across the Rhine valley, you can see the Feldberg in the Black Forest. This mountain is served by an auto route (the Route des Cretes) which runs from the Hohneck south toward the town of Mulhouse.

The Grand Ballon is situated in Alsace-Lorraine. This climb belongs to the Vosges. The Grand Ballon via Saint Amarin is ranked number 3 of the Vosges. The climb is ranked number 338 in France and number 1680 in the world. Starting from Saint Amarin, the Grand Ballon ascent is 12.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 932 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 7.3 %.

Other sides of this climb:
Grand Ballon via Cernay
Grand Ballon via Soultz

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Climbbybike difficulty score (98.8)
Ranking Vosges
Ranking France

Grand Ballon via Saint Amarin popularity rank : 287

The Grand Ballon has been climbed by 8 climbbybikers. It is ranked No. 287 as the most climbed climb in the world.
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Grand Ballon via Saint Amarin: 4 reviews


Not a lot of traffic. Thats the good part. Worst road I ever encountered and very steep gradients for a large part of the climb. Not very pleasant on a road bike.

Guy Wardle

I am not an expert Col grabber but this was a hard climb, steep from the start with a diabolical road surface all the way to Le Haag. Very uneven, severely cracked and numerous pot holes. Would want a VTT to descend it. Not surprisingly saw no other ascenders and only 2 just starting to descend. No views most of way but only 3 cautious motor bikes! Views from top of Col worth the grief.

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