From 19 to 21 July 2024

The Walk Du Grand Ballon is a 1, 2 or 3 day(s) hike through the most beautiful sites in the Vosges Mountains. The 5th edition will take place again in 2024. Each day you will discover a new part of the Vosges mountains. Three days of hiking with extensive supply stations!

This year, you also have the opportunity to walk only on weekends, or to choose a single hike on Saturday or Sunday.

53 k

Total distance


Number of days


Number of altimeters



Better strap on your hiking boots, the terrain is tough and you will need a minimum of grip. The Vosges is a mid-mountain range and you will hike between 800 and 1400m of altitude. The weather can be very variable and suddenly change from 35° to 5°

Friday 19.07

14 K
Start & finish is located at hotel Wolf in Le Markstein, followed by a tough descent towards Lac de la Lauch to take you to the beautiful crest on the Col d'Oberlauchen !
  • 1 aid station after 8.5km
  • 700 altimeters
  • 90% off road
  • Time limit 7h
Watch the course (video 3D) via Relive

Saturday 20.07

22 K
Start at Hotel Wolf. Take a beautiful walk over the Crêtes towards the highest point of the Vosges Mountains: the Grand Ballon. The ridge offers you breathtaking panoramas!
  • 1 aid station after 14km
  • 1200 altimeters
  • 92% off road
  • time limit 11h
Watch the course (video 3D) via Relive

Sunday 21.07

17 K
Start hotel Wolf & finish Auberge du Steinlebach in Le Markstein and explore the valley of Kruth! On the other side of the valley, breathtaking views of the Grand and Petit Ventron await.
  • 1 aid station after 10km
  • 790 altimeters
  • 87% off road
  • Time limit 8h
Watch the course (video 3D) via Relive

The courses , distances and altimeters are always subject to change and may change at any time if necessary.


Think Pink is the national breast cancer organization in Belgium. Think Pink is committed to making people more aware of breast cancer and to this end works with governments, associations, companies, media and especially the public to help achieve its goals together.

As a participant in the Ride For The Cure, you can choose to make a one-time donation or you can choose to create your own fundraising page and get sponsored by friends and family.


Each day begins and ends at Le Markstein.
Days 1 and 2 are spent at the Hotel Wolf, near the centre of Markstein.
On day 3, we move to the Auberge du Steinlebach, 1.5 km from the centre of Markstein.
Please note that there is no parking at the Auberge.

On day 1 and 2, it is best to park in the centre of Markstein on the large gravel car park.
On day 3, park at the Hotel Wolf and walk to the Steinlebach.

Route to Hotel Wolf on Google Maps

Route to Auberge du Steinlebach on Google Maps

Thursday 18.07.2024

18.30 - 20.30: race secretariat opens - bibs collected at Markstein @ Hotel Wolf

Friday 19.07.2024

07.00 - 08.00: race secretariat opens - bibs collected at Le Markstein @ Hotel Wolf
08.00: start stage 1 - 14km @Hotel Wolf in Le Markstein
15.00: end of day 1

Saturday 20.07.2024

09.05: free start stage 2 - 22km @Hotel Wolf in Le Markstein
21.00: end of day 2

Sunday 21.07.2024

08.00: start stage 3 - 16km @ Auberge du Steinlebach
11.30 - 17.00: Pasta Party!
16.00: end Walk For The Cure

Each participant receives ALL the GPX files one week before the event.
Courses are indicated so you'll have to use the GPX-files all the time.
Please respect the start time of your distance as the opening hours of our refreshment points are based on the start times.

Water, isotonic drinks, coca-cola, Etixx energy bars, sandwiches, sweet and savoury snacks and other goodies will be available at the refreshment points.

No changing rooms are provided

Showers are provided at Auberge du Steinlebach in Le Markstein.
This service is free of charge.
Route to Auberge du Steinlebach.

There is no 'storage of sports bags'.


This is a charity event. We're raising funds for THINK PINK.
You can make a one-off donation starting from €5,00 during your registration or choose to create a personal fundraising page, which you will send to friends and family (individually or in groups). If you commit yourself to this, Sportevents will pay for your registration and you will cycle for free!

Looking for a nice place to stay?

1. Hotel Wolf, Le Markstein.

At 50m of one of the startlocations !

For booking, contact them by

  • e-mail: hotelwolf@aol.com
  • telephone: +33 3 89 82 64 36

2. Auberge du Steinlebach.

1km from one of the startlocations and this place is one of the aid stations!

For booking, contact them by

  • telephone: +33 3 89 82 61 87


We are always looking for helping hands to organize this event to perfection. If you want to contribute to the success of this event and would rather help than participate, please contact us. You can help with the secretariat, supplies, checking the course, removing arrows, handing out medals and T-shirts and so much more...