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 15, Col du Marchairuz–St-Cergue

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Jura Crest Trail

The trail leads through parkland-like landscape with scattered alpine huts and a lacework of kilometre-long dry stone walling, partly through a nature reserve established in 1972. It’s worth making a short stop to the ruins of the ancient monastery Oujon.
The Parc jurassien vaudois is a regional nature park covering about 100 km2. It extends across the wide crest of the first Jura chain, between the passes of the Col de la Givrine to the south-west and the Col du Mollendruz. The beautiful path from Marchairuz soon leads to the forest of the same name. This is followed by a wonderful plain about three-and-a-half kilometres long, bordered by dry-stone walls and the edge of the forest.

Just over a hundred metres higher up, we reach the Crêt de la Neuve. This is certainly the high point of the hike in terms of views: the panorama encompasses the full arc of Lake Geneva, Savoy south of the city, the Vaud Alps and the famous peak of Mont Blanc.

The gentle descent across flowering meadows and past Perroude du Vaud and Le Planet is enchanting. After Le Planet comes another beautiful vantage point, before a fairly steep descent on a forest path. Passing by Les Frasses, we leave the splendid meadows behind for about 45 minutes and continue on a forest road to the ruins of the Couvent d’Oujon, a former Carthusian monastery. The route crosses the last few Jura meadows and soon leads us along a paved road towards the centre of St-Cergue and the end of the stage.
The trail leads through parkland-like landscape with scattered alpine huts and a lacework of kilometre-long dry stone walling, partly through a nature reserve established in 1972. It’s worth making a short stop to the ruins of the ancient monastery Oujon.
The Parc jurassien vaudois is a regional nature park covering about 100 km2. It extends across the wide crest of the first Jura chain, between the passes of the Col de la Givrine to the south-west and the Col du Mollendruz. The beautiful path from Marchairuz soon leads to the forest of the same name. This is followed by a wonderful plain about three-and-a-half kilometres long, bordered by dry-stone walls and the edge of the forest.

Just over a hundred metres higher up, we reach the Crêt de la Neuve. This is certainly the high point of the hike in terms of views: the panorama encompasses the full arc of Lake Geneva, Savoy south of the city, the Vaud Alps and the famous peak of Mont Blanc.

The gentle descent across flowering meadows and past Perroude du Vaud and Le Planet is enchanting. After Le Planet comes another beautiful vantage point, before a fairly steep descent on a forest path. Passing by Les Frasses, we leave the splendid meadows behind for about 45 minutes and continue on a forest road to the ruins of the Couvent d’Oujon, a former Carthusian monastery. The route crosses the last few Jura meadows and soon leads us along a paved road towards the centre of St-Cergue and the end of the stage.
17 km
460 m | 860 m
4 h 35 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Le Marchairuz, col
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Arrival / return travel St-Cergue
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Contact

Signpost management
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Vaud Rando
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Services

Accommodation

Hôtel du Marchairuz
Hôtel du Marchairuz
St-George
Cabane de Rochefort
Cabane de Rochefort
Arzier
Rando Relais
Rando Relais
St-Cergue
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
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5 Jura Crest Trail: Couvet - Nyon
5 Jura Crest Trail: Couvet - Nyon
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Places

Col du Marchairuz
Col du Marchairuz
Saint-Cergue
Saint-Cergue
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Places of interest

Over the Col du Marchairuz
Over the Col du Marchairuz
Glacière de Saint George
Glacière de Saint George
Fromagerie des Fruitières de Nyon
Fromagerie des Fruitières de 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.
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