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

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Jura Crest Trail

Stage 9, Vue des Alpes–Noiraigue

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Jura Crest Trail

Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from the high mountain chain with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks. The slabs of the rocky spur provide a breathtaking view down to Lac de Neuchâtel, before making the steep descent to Noiraigue.
Vue des Alpes is the pass between Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds. It separates the mountainous and lowland regions of the canton of Neuchâtel: the lowlands along the shores of Lake Neuchâtel and the mountain landscapes that stretch from the high plains around La Chaux-de-Fonds to those above Val-de-Travers. The pass fully lives up to its name: right at the start of the hike, a sweeping vista towards the Swiss Alps opens up. The route passes the toboggan run (open all year round) and crosses a forested section to reach La Clef des Champs restaurant.

Then comes a short but very steep climb. A little later, you reach the 1,422-meter summit of the Tête de Ran. You have a lovely view of Lake Neuchâtel and the Alps on one side and on the other, you look down on La Chaux-de-Fonds. This city, renowned as the cradle of watchmaking, was rebuilt like a chessboard after the fire in 1793. The hike continues along the ridge, partially forested and sometimes peppered with molehills, past old drystone walls until you reach Mont Racine. At 1,432 meters above sea level, this is the highest point in this stage. The ridge path branches off to the north, so the panoramic views of the Alps and the lake are obscured. Walk past La Grande Sagneule (an Alpine inn) and several beautiful meadows to reach La Tourne a little later.

After a leisurely ascent and a magical forest clearing, you come to the viewing pulpit at the rock of Les Tablettes. An impressive sight: the Creux du Van amphitheatre, which you can recognise in the distance. Now, a varied ridge path twists and turns for well over two hours, taking you past several viewing points and barbecue areas. Hikers will have one view after another of the Creux du Van as they draw nearer to it; they can see Lake Neuchâtel below and – if the weather is clement – the Alps and the Mont Blanc massif. The path branches off shortly before the main road. Only the last section through the forest remains before you reach the village of Noiraigue ("black water") a little later. This long but beautiful and varied stage ends at the rail station.
Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view from the high mountain chain with the Tête de Ran and Mont Racine peaks. The slabs of the rocky spur provide a breathtaking view down to Lac de Neuchâtel, before making the steep descent to Noiraigue.
Vue des Alpes is the pass between Neuchâtel and La Chaux-de-Fonds. It separates the mountainous and lowland regions of the canton of Neuchâtel: the lowlands along the shores of Lake Neuchâtel and the mountain landscapes that stretch from the high plains around La Chaux-de-Fonds to those above Val-de-Travers. The pass fully lives up to its name: right at the start of the hike, a sweeping vista towards the Swiss Alps opens up. The route passes the toboggan run (open all year round) and crosses a forested section to reach La Clef des Champs restaurant.

Then comes a short but very steep climb. A little later, you reach the 1,422-meter summit of the Tête de Ran. You have a lovely view of Lake Neuchâtel and the Alps on one side and on the other, you look down on La Chaux-de-Fonds. This city, renowned as the cradle of watchmaking, was rebuilt like a chessboard after the fire in 1793. The hike continues along the ridge, partially forested and sometimes peppered with molehills, past old drystone walls until you reach Mont Racine. At 1,432 meters above sea level, this is the highest point in this stage. The ridge path branches off to the north, so the panoramic views of the Alps and the lake are obscured. Walk past La Grande Sagneule (an Alpine inn) and several beautiful meadows to reach La Tourne a little later.

After a leisurely ascent and a magical forest clearing, you come to the viewing pulpit at the rock of Les Tablettes. An impressive sight: the Creux du Van amphitheatre, which you can recognise in the distance. Now, a varied ridge path twists and turns for well over two hours, taking you past several viewing points and barbecue areas. Hikers will have one view after another of the Creux du Van as they draw nearer to it; they can see Lake Neuchâtel below and – if the weather is clement – the Alps and the Mont Blanc massif. The path branches off shortly before the main road. Only the last section through the forest remains before you reach the village of Noiraigue ("black water") a little later. This long but beautiful and varied stage ends at the rail station.
22 km
840 m | 1400 m
6 h 45 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Vue-des-Alpes
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Arrival / return travel Noiraigue
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Contact

Signpost management
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Neuchâtel Rando
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2302 La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Services

Accommodation

Amis de la Nature section La Chaux-de-Fonds
Amis de la Nature section La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Serment
Hôtel Restaurant de la Vue-des-Alpes
Hôtel Restaurant de la Vue-des-Alpes
La Vue-des-Alpes
Métairie La Grande-Sagneule
Métairie La Grande-Sagneule
Rochefort
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Bookable offers

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

Vue des Alpes
Vue des Alpes
Noiraigue
Noiraigue
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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