Circuit de la Beuille (Municipality of Rupt-sur-Moselle).
Difficulty: medium (family walk with children).
Lenght: 5.8 kilometers.
Elevation: +147 meters.
Markings: red triangle, blue ring, mountain bike trail n° 4, unmarked parts.
Places of interest: many panoramic views from La Beuille and Les Tronches over the Remiremont basin and the Rupt-sur-Moselle valley with the Ballon d'Alsace and the Ballon de Servance as a background.
Departure: median just after the Blanche Croix (crossroads with the Route des Forts).
Access: From Le Thillot, follow the N66 towards Epinal for 7 km. Pass the villages of Ramonchamp then Ferdrupt. At the roundabout, go straight on the D466 for 7 km direction "Rupt-sur-Moselle". In the center, follow the road straight ahead towards "Lépange" for 4 km. In Lépange, go under the bridge and take the 2nd road on the left towards "Le Girmont". It climbs for 4 km and joins the "Blanche Croix" (to the left of the road).
Description of the route:
From the car park, cross the road and take the small forest path opposite where you can see a terminal 10 meters away. Continue on this path for 300 meters, you will see 4 successive markers. After the 4th terminal, the path begins a descent for 400 meters. At the end of the descent, at the intersection, continue on the left path towards another terminal that can be seen in the distance. Continue on this trail for 300 meters.
When you reach a crossroads, take the path opposite, following the red triangle markings. Continue on this path for 200 meters. Cross the paved road and take the path opposite the sign forbidden "all motor vehicles". Continue for 300 meters, the path arrives at an asphalt road and passes near a private pond.
Continue on the tarmac road to the right following the sign "Plumenco".
Do not take the road to the left which joins the D57 called "Route des Forts".
The "Plumenco" farm is 100 meters away.You may be able to spot animals outside. The purpose of this place is to welcome children, adolescents or adults with disabilities or who may have behavioral difficulties. The farm is managed by an association which offers mediation by animals for therapeutic, educational, cultural and / or training in connection with nature.
Continue on the asphalt road which climbs for 400 meters. At the intersection, at the sign indicating "La Barre de la Vigotte 20 min n ° 21", if you wish, you can make a return trip to the top of the hill (house n ° 4285) to admire the view on the Remiremont basin.
To continue the walk, take the unmarked path on the right for 100 meters then go down the dirt track on the right for 200 meters. Passage near a farm, view of the ponds below. Continue on the path to house n ° 10 for 50 meters.
Continue on this path to the right following the mountain bike markings n ° 4. Go down this trail to get to ponds. Continue following the mountain bike markings n ° 4.
When you get to a farm, continue down the path to the left with mountain bike markings n ° 4. Passage between the farm and its garages. Take the path that descends into the forest for 200 meters, following the blue ring markings.
At the end of the trail, you can go back and forth 100 meters on the road on the left to the Amis de la Nature chalet in La Beuille (panoramic view of Rupt-sur-Moselle, Ballon d'Alsace and Ballon de Servance).
Continue on the tarmac road to the right following the mountain bike markings n ° 4 blue ring.
The road climbs for about half a mile and brings you back to the earlier crossroads.
Take the left path already taken on the way out mountain bike markings n ° 4 and red triangle. Continue for 200 meters to rejoin the intersection passed earlier. Do not take the unmarked path taken on the outward journey but continue on the path following the mountain bike trail markings n ° 4 for 300 meters.
Continue straight on for 300 meters following the red triangle (mountain bike trail markings n ° 4).
The forest path arrives at the asphalt road. Take this road which goes up to the right for 500 meters to reach the starting point.