38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna
38 ViaBerna

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Stage 3, St-Imier–Combe Grède–Chasseral–Nods

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The first thing to do is conquer the seemingly insurmountable Combe Grède gorge. Ladders and well-secured paths take you to the Jura heights of the Chasseral with a view of the Three-Lakes countryside and the Alpine chain. A pleasant descent through pastures and forests leads down to the tranquil Jura village of Nods.
Passing the impressive building of the Longines watch factory, you leave St-Imier. A forest path dips leisurely into the shady Combe Grède gorge. Mixed forests with a rich flora and fauna dominate here. In the last century, the forest had almost completely fallen victim to a nearby ironworks. Soon it is only a narrow trail climbing further up. The dried-up stream is crossed several times over small bridges and stone blocks. Tall rock faces tower up ever more threateningly. Even in summer, the sun penetrates the narrow and usually cool gorge only briefly. The well-secured path climbs higher and higher over three levels. The impressive scree slides that have to be crossed along the way remind you to keep an eye on the danger of falling rocks. As a grandiose finale, three sturdy iron ladders, railings and steel ropes facilitate the ascent over the exposed passages, rock bands and through the rock basins. At the back of the valley, a small waterfall cascades down the limestone cliffs. Caution: You should be free from vertigo for this mountain trail. It is closed from November to the beginning of May for safety reasons.

After exiting the gorge at Pré aux Auges, there is a rest area with a fountain. Through a flat moor and over gently rising pastures with trees and magnificent mountain flowers, you reach the bare mountain range of the Chasseral after another 300 metres of altitude gain. Numerous mountain flowers, usually native only to the alps, defy the grim climate here. The view wanders back to the gorge you have just climbed. Deep below: the villages of the Saint-Imier valley, in the background the wind turbines on Mont-Crosin and, to the west, the Jura fading into France.

At the Chasseral mountain hotel, the view is even more impressive: to the south and east, you look across the Three Lakes landscape to the alpine chain. A road and, at weekends, a bus route connect the valley with the mountain hotel. It takes 20 minutes on foot to climb to the highest point of the Swiss Jura, the actual Chasseral peak. Its prominent telecommunications installations are clearly visible. Across open Jura pastures and then through typical spruce and mixed forests, the hike ends after a steep descent in the quiet Jura village of Nods. It is situated off the beaten track at the foot of the Chasseral and on the edge of the Montagne de Diesse plateau.
The first thing to do is conquer the seemingly insurmountable Combe Grède gorge. Ladders and well-secured paths take you to the Jura heights of the Chasseral with a view of the Three-Lakes countryside and the Alpine chain. A pleasant descent through pastures and forests leads down to the tranquil Jura village of Nods.
Passing the impressive building of the Longines watch factory, you leave St-Imier. A forest path dips leisurely into the shady Combe Grède gorge. Mixed forests with a rich flora and fauna dominate here. In the last century, the forest had almost completely fallen victim to a nearby ironworks. Soon it is only a narrow trail climbing further up. The dried-up stream is crossed several times over small bridges and stone blocks. Tall rock faces tower up ever more threateningly. Even in summer, the sun penetrates the narrow and usually cool gorge only briefly. The well-secured path climbs higher and higher over three levels. The impressive scree slides that have to be crossed along the way remind you to keep an eye on the danger of falling rocks. As a grandiose finale, three sturdy iron ladders, railings and steel ropes facilitate the ascent over the exposed passages, rock bands and through the rock basins. At the back of the valley, a small waterfall cascades down the limestone cliffs. Caution: You should be free from vertigo for this mountain trail. It is closed from November to the beginning of May for safety reasons.

After exiting the gorge at Pré aux Auges, there is a rest area with a fountain. Through a flat moor and over gently rising pastures with trees and magnificent mountain flowers, you reach the bare mountain range of the Chasseral after another 300 metres of altitude gain. Numerous mountain flowers, usually native only to the alps, defy the grim climate here. The view wanders back to the gorge you have just climbed. Deep below: the villages of the Saint-Imier valley, in the background the wind turbines on Mont-Crosin and, to the west, the Jura fading into France.

At the Chasseral mountain hotel, the view is even more impressive: to the south and east, you look across the Three Lakes landscape to the alpine chain. A road and, at weekends, a bus route connect the valley with the mountain hotel. It takes 20 minutes on foot to climb to the highest point of the Swiss Jura, the actual Chasseral peak. Its prominent telecommunications installations are clearly visible. Across open Jura pastures and then through typical spruce and mixed forests, the hike ends after a steep descent in the quiet Jura village of Nods. It is situated off the beaten track at the foot of the Chasseral and on the edge of the Montagne de Diesse plateau.
11 km
880 m | 780 m
4 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St-Imier
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Arrival / return travel Nods, école
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the canton.
Berner Wanderwege
Nordring 8
1303 Bern
info@bernerwanderwege.ch
www.bernerwanderwege.ch

Services

Accommodation

Sous le Tilleul
Sous le Tilleul
St-Imier
Métairie de Dombresson (Frienisberg)
Métairie de Dombresson (Frienisberg)
Chasseral
Chambre d’hôtes Chez S
Chambre d’hôtes Chez S
Nods
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Bookable offers

38 Via Berna
38 Via Berna
38 Via Berna Bernese Jura
38 Via Berna Bernese Jura
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Places

Saint-Imier
Saint-Imier
Chasseral
Chasseral
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Places of interest

Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Astronomic observatory Mont- Soleil
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Fromagerie Tête de Moine
Espace Découverte Energie
Espace Découverte Energie
Chasseral Nature Park
Chasseral Nature Park
The summet of the park Chasseral
The summet of the park Chasseral
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Swimming

Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
Erguël outdoor swimming pool in Saint Imier
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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