5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail
5 Jura Crest Trail

Hiking

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Jura Crest Trail

Stage 16, St-Cergue–Nyon

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Jura Crest Trail

A bleak rock bastion and the lush Lac Léman shores: a pair of contrasts on this tour. After climbing to the top of La Dôle near the national border, the trail leads through forests to vineyards and Nyon, a small town in a superb location.
Setting off from Saint-Cergue in the heart of the Parc jurassien vaudois on the first Jura chain, hikers immediately enjoy a magnificent view over Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps to Mont Blanc. The route begins on a paved road before branching off at the campsite of Les Cheseaux. It follows a path that begins quite steeply, leading across meadows until just before the Chalet des apprentis.

From here, the day’s first destination is already visible: the rock bastion of La Dôle. It’s worth paying attention and keeping an eye out for chamois. A steep path leads up to the Col de Porte pass and, shortly afterwards, we reach the second highest peak in the Swiss Jura at 1,677 m above sea level. The view of France to the north and the Savoy Alps above Lake Geneva is fantastic, but the large, white ball on top of La Dôle is just as captivating as the panorama. This observatory serves as a weather station, as well as monitoring the airspace around Geneva’s international airport.

With Mont Blanc in sight, a beautiful trail leads down to the Chalet de la Dôle. This is followed by an almost endless but idyllic and varied forest path lined by an impressive array of giant anthills. The middle section is relatively steep and includes a few short passages along paved roads. About two hours later, after passing the Bonmont golf course and crossing huge fields, we reach the small town of Nyon by Lake Geneva.
A bleak rock bastion and the lush Lac Léman shores: a pair of contrasts on this tour. After climbing to the top of La Dôle near the national border, the trail leads through forests to vineyards and Nyon, a small town in a superb location.
Setting off from Saint-Cergue in the heart of the Parc jurassien vaudois on the first Jura chain, hikers immediately enjoy a magnificent view over Lake Geneva and the Savoy Alps to Mont Blanc. The route begins on a paved road before branching off at the campsite of Les Cheseaux. It follows a path that begins quite steeply, leading across meadows until just before the Chalet des apprentis.

From here, the day’s first destination is already visible: the rock bastion of La Dôle. It’s worth paying attention and keeping an eye out for chamois. A steep path leads up to the Col de Porte pass and, shortly afterwards, we reach the second highest peak in the Swiss Jura at 1,677 m above sea level. The view of France to the north and the Savoy Alps above Lake Geneva is fantastic, but the large, white ball on top of La Dôle is just as captivating as the panorama. This observatory serves as a weather station, as well as monitoring the airspace around Geneva’s international airport.

With Mont Blanc in sight, a beautiful trail leads down to the Chalet de la Dôle. This is followed by an almost endless but idyllic and varied forest path lined by an impressive array of giant anthills. The middle section is relatively steep and includes a few short passages along paved roads. About two hours later, after passing the Bonmont golf course and crossing huge fields, we reach the small town of Nyon by Lake Geneva.
26 km
780 m | 1400 m
7 h 25 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St-Cergue
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note rail recommendation No. 258 St-Cergue–Nyon
Ascent St-Cergue
258
Ascent St-Cergue
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Nyon–St-Cergue
or
St-Cergue–Nyon
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 700m, bypass La Dôle.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Nyon
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Contact

Signpost management
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Services

Accommodation

Chambres d'hôtes Au Rayon de Soleil
Chambres d'hôtes Au Rayon de Soleil
St-Cergue
Hôtel Restaurant de la Poste
Hôtel Restaurant de la Poste
St-Cergue
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
Nyon
Hostellerie du XVIème Siècle
Hostellerie du XVIème Siècle
Nyon
Nyon Hostel
Nyon Hostel
Nyon
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Bookable offers

5 Jura Crest Trail Couvet-Nyon
5 Jura Crest Trail Couvet-Nyon
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Places

Saint-Cergue
Saint-Cergue
Nyon
Nyon
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Places of interest

Fromagerie des Fruitières de Nyon
Fromagerie des Fruitières de Nyon
La vetta della Dôle
La vetta della Dôle
Château de Nyon
Château de Nyon
Musée du Léman
Musée du Léman
Swiss National Museum Prangins
Swiss National Museum Prangins
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Swimming

Outdoor pool Colovray in Nyon
Outdoor pool Colovray in Nyon
Du Rocher indoor swimming pool in Nyon
Du Rocher indoor swimming pool in Nyon
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization