Photo-essay : A May and an Oktober walk over the Hautes Fagnes trail

No excess of words here, only simple pictures reflect the beauty of this 152km long trail, a trail that for long only existed in my imagination and has now become a secret among those who love the mysterious high bogs and countless idyllic peat rivers on the roof of Belgium. Enjoy the trail.

Part I: Jalhay – Brackvenn
17-20 May 2012

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Hiking through the meadows south of Jalhay.

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A first encounter with the Hogne river.

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Footbridge over Hogne river.

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Sawe river.

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The view to Solwaster from Rocher de Bilisse.

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Statte river.

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At the foot of Rocher de Bilisse.

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First bivouac.

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Entering the Hoëgne valley.

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River Hoëgne.

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The tiny Leopold II waterfall on the Hoëgne river.

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Further upstream along the Hoëgne.

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Polleur river leaving the upstream bogs.

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Bushwhacking over the ancient boardwalk path between Croix Dehottay and Croix de Rondchêne.

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Targnon river leaving Fagne de Moûpa.

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The path through Fagne de Moûpa.

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Deep in the canyonlike valley of the Trô Maret river.

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Fagne de Fraineu.

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Meeting the Polleur again on Fagne de Lonlou.

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Peat lint in the Fagne de la Polleur.

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Boardwalking through Fagne de la Polleur.

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Fagne de la Polleur on a misty morning.

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Crucifix at the edge of the Grande Fagne.

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A first glimpse of Noir Flohay over the Fagne Wallonne.

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Standing on Botrange, the highest point of Belgium.

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The young Bayehon river.

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The Bayehon waterfall.

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Upstream along Ghaster river.

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Spring flowers.

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Tussock growth in the Fagne Wallone.

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Easter flowers in Herzogenvenn along the Rur river.

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Following the Rur river towards Monschau.

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Meadow bivouac near Kaiser Karls Bettstatt.

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Beaver dam on the very young Getzbach river in the Brackvenn bogs.

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The boardwalk through Brackvenn.

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Springtime in Brackvenn.

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Countless white fluff.

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The crèche.

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A peat puddle in the Brackvenn moors.

Part II: Brackvenn – Jalhay
24-26 October 2012

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Brackvenn in autumn colors.

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Getzbach river.

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Allgemeines Venn.

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Fly agaric along the trail.

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Imgenbroicher Venn.

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The path through Imgenbroicher Venn.

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Weser river through the beech forest.

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Mouth of Steinbach in Vesdre river.

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Upstream along Steinbach river.

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Confluence of Eschbach and Steinbach.

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Dusk in the forest along Eschbach river.

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Kutenhart peat moor at sunrise.

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Dew morning.

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Golden colors of Kutenhart.

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Getzbach once more.

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Helle river in Hertogenwald.

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Upstream along Helle river.

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Helle river through Grand Bongard.

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Further upstream along the Helle river, reaching the traces of the 2011 wildfire.

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Helle at Pont Anne-Marie-Libert.

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Young Helle river through the traces of the 2011 wildfire in Fagne Wallonne.

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Destroyed boardwalk by the 2011 wildfire.

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Unusable boardwalk along the Helle river.

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Burned wood and rusty nails.

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Searching a passage through the peat moor towards Noir Flohay.

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Noir Flohay, a mysterious spot in the peat moors.

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Reaching the burnt trees of Noir Flohay.

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Though still standing, most trees seem dead after the 2011 wildfire.

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Burnt trunks of Noir Flohay.

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Following the vague trail through the peat moor towards Geitzbusch.

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The trail through Geitsbusch forest where half of the trees are dead after the wildfire of 2011.

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Fagnes des Deux-Séries in the fog.

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Along Fossé d’Eupen.

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Descending over the faint path along Gileppe river.

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Following Louba river towards terminus Jalhay.