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 6, Weissenstein–Frinvillier

Route report
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Jura Crest Trail

From the roof of Canton Solothurn, with views across the Jura arc to the Mittelland and snow-capped Alps and on through forests and typical Jura meadows. The first third is also a Planetenweg (planet path). Language border at Montagne de Romont.
The road passes through an avenue of trees to reach the Hinterer Weissenstein mountain. You can visit the nearby Nidlenloch, an extensive system of caves that plunge to depths of 407 meters. Tours of the caves can be booked. After the Schilizmätteli rest area, the path skirting the nature conservation zone becomes narrower. You will mop your brow as you gain altitude, but your reward awaits you at the summit of the Hasenmatt: a fantastic vista of the Alps, the Mittelland with the loops of the river Aare, and the next section of the Jura Crest Trail.

After a short uphill and downhill stretch, you reach the high plateau on the Stallflue mountain – and your recompense is another of the breathtaking views that make hiking such a pleasure. After crossing the Küferegg ridge, you can choose to stop for a break at the Obergrenchenberg Mountain Inn or, shortly afterwards, at the Untergrenchenberg Restaurant. The first section of this hike simultaneously follows the Path of the Planets: you pass one magnificent meadow after another where cows graze, some of them kept for breeding.

This stage follows a section of the tarred road between Untergrenchenberg and Stierenberg. The scenery changes at Wäsmeli: you hike through the forest, past an ocean of ferns and across a clearing until you reach Sur-le-Châble. As you might guess from the name: you have now crossed the linguistic border into French-speaking Switzerland. The path is all downhill until you reach Plagne. You cross magnificent fields with old trees standing alone or in small groups before the end of this stage at Frinvillier rail station.
From the roof of Canton Solothurn, with views across the Jura arc to the Mittelland and snow-capped Alps and on through forests and typical Jura meadows. The first third is also a Planetenweg (planet path). Language border at Montagne de Romont.
The road passes through an avenue of trees to reach the Hinterer Weissenstein mountain. You can visit the nearby Nidlenloch, an extensive system of caves that plunge to depths of 407 meters. Tours of the caves can be booked. After the Schilizmätteli rest area, the path skirting the nature conservation zone becomes narrower. You will mop your brow as you gain altitude, but your reward awaits you at the summit of the Hasenmatt: a fantastic vista of the Alps, the Mittelland with the loops of the river Aare, and the next section of the Jura Crest Trail.

After a short uphill and downhill stretch, you reach the high plateau on the Stallflue mountain – and your recompense is another of the breathtaking views that make hiking such a pleasure. After crossing the Küferegg ridge, you can choose to stop for a break at the Obergrenchenberg Mountain Inn or, shortly afterwards, at the Untergrenchenberg Restaurant. The first section of this hike simultaneously follows the Path of the Planets: you pass one magnificent meadow after another where cows graze, some of them kept for breeding.

This stage follows a section of the tarred road between Untergrenchenberg and Stierenberg. The scenery changes at Wäsmeli: you hike through the forest, past an ocean of ferns and across a clearing until you reach Sur-le-Châble. As you might guess from the name: you have now crossed the linguistic border into French-speaking Switzerland. The path is all downhill until you reach Plagne. You cross magnificent fields with old trees standing alone or in small groups before the end of this stage at Frinvillier rail station.
24 km
720 m | 1450 m
7 h 00 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Weissenstein
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Ascent Weissenstein
409
Ascent Weissenstein
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Oberdorf SO (Talstation)–Weissenstein
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 850m.
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: long section, please note bus recommendation No. 257 Plagne–Frinvillier
Ascent nach Plagne
257
Ascent nach Plagne
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Frinvillier, gare–Plagne, place du Cerf
or
Plagne, place du Cerf–Frinvillier, gare
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 300m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Frinvillier-Taubenloch
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton. Lend a hand by becoming a member in your canton.
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Solothurner Wanderwege
4503 Solothurn
info@solothurner-wanderwege.ch
www.solothurner-wanderwege.ch

Services

Accommodation

Gasthof Hinter Weissenstein
Gasthof Hinter Weissenstein
Weissenstein
Bauernhof Schafmatthof
Bauernhof Schafmatthof
Gänsbrunnen
Berggasthof Untergrenchenberg
Berggasthof Untergrenchenberg
Grenchen
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Bookable offers

5 Jura Crest Trail: Solothurn - Couvet
5 Jura Crest Trail: Solothurn - Couvet
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Places

Weissenstein b. Solothurn
Weissenstein b. Solothurn
Frinvillier
Frinvillier
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Places of interest

Stigelos (Rüttenen–Weissenstein)
Stigelos (Rüttenen–Weissenstein)
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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