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

Route report
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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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Saving metres in altitude
There is a train between St-Cergue and Nyon that saves about 600 metres in altitude.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Nyon
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton.
Vaud Rando
Place Grand-St-Jean 2
1003 Lausanne
contact@vaud-rando.ch
www.vaud-rando.ch

Services

Accommodation

Rando Relais
Rando Relais
St-Cergue
Chambres d'hôtes Au Rayon de Soleil
Chambres d'hôtes Au Rayon de Soleil
St-Cergue
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
B&B Domaine de Bois-Bougy
Nyon
Baumgartners B+B
Baumgartners B+B
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
Musée du Léman
Musée du Léman
Swiss National Museum Prangins
Swiss National Museum Prangins
Château de Nyon
Château de Nyon
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Swimming

Outdoor pool Colovray in Nyon
Outdoor pool Colovray in Nyon
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