Chemin de la Dôle
Chemin de la Dôle

Hiking

Chemin de La Dôle

Chemin de La Dôle

Saint-Cergue–La Givrine

Photo gallery

WL_116_Dole_Sommet_2009_a_M.jpg
Chemin de La Dôle

Chemin de La Dôle

Magnificent panoramic walk starting St-Cergue. La Dôle is the tour's highest point at 1,677 metres above sea level, offering sweeping views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. The white radar balls at the top are also visible from everywhere.
This superb 14 km loop hike will take you across verdant pastures and Jura forests to La Dôle, whose white radar balls are discernible from afar. The route starts at St-Cergue overlooking Lake Geneva. At this point already, stunning panoramic views of the Alps and Mont-Blanc await visitors. You can also enjoy the scenery a bit higher up, at the former castle. It was destroyed during the Burgundian Wars, and only the site where it stood remains today. After only half an hour's walk you will find yourself in a typical Jura landscape and be surrounded by peace and quiet.

The hilltop of La Barillette (1,528 metres), just to the east of La Dôle, marks the end of the first climb. The forest reaches up to the summit here. The vegetation changes a little higher up, becoming alpine and surrounding the Dôle cirque. Crowfoot and gentians cover the fields as far as the eye reaches. Once you have reached the peak, you will be astounded by the breathtaking panorama unfolding before you. Lake Geneva with Geneva and its fountain at the western tip, and Mont-Blanc in the south, forming the horizon line. J.-W. Goethe came here on 26 October 1779 on his way to Geneva. He is quoted as saying: "There are no words to describe the grandeur and the beauty of this spectacle.” You will surely agree!

If you're lucky, you might even spot a few chamois, which live on the slopes around the summit. Meanwhile, technology buffs can admire the large, white radar balls which are discernible from afar. The observatory serves as a weather station, measuring precipitation, and an air traffic control tower for Geneva International Airport. The hike's last section leads only downhill. The route approaches the French border through a forest aisle but, before that, branches off to the right to Cuvaloup de Crans. The tour ends at the La Grivine railway station below and to the east of the pass.
Magnificent panoramic walk starting St-Cergue. La Dôle is the tour's highest point at 1,677 metres above sea level, offering sweeping views of the Alps and Lake Geneva. The white radar balls at the top are also visible from everywhere.
This superb 14 km loop hike will take you across verdant pastures and Jura forests to La Dôle, whose white radar balls are discernible from afar. The route starts at St-Cergue overlooking Lake Geneva. At this point already, stunning panoramic views of the Alps and Mont-Blanc await visitors. You can also enjoy the scenery a bit higher up, at the former castle. It was destroyed during the Burgundian Wars, and only the site where it stood remains today. After only half an hour's walk you will find yourself in a typical Jura landscape and be surrounded by peace and quiet.

The hilltop of La Barillette (1,528 metres), just to the east of La Dôle, marks the end of the first climb. The forest reaches up to the summit here. The vegetation changes a little higher up, becoming alpine and surrounding the Dôle cirque. Crowfoot and gentians cover the fields as far as the eye reaches. Once you have reached the peak, you will be astounded by the breathtaking panorama unfolding before you. Lake Geneva with Geneva and its fountain at the western tip, and Mont-Blanc in the south, forming the horizon line. J.-W. Goethe came here on 26 October 1779 on his way to Geneva. He is quoted as saying: "There are no words to describe the grandeur and the beauty of this spectacle.” You will surely agree!

If you're lucky, you might even spot a few chamois, which live on the slopes around the summit. Meanwhile, technology buffs can admire the large, white radar balls which are discernible from afar. The observatory serves as a weather station, measuring precipitation, and an air traffic control tower for Geneva International Airport. The hike's last section leads only downhill. The route approaches the French border through a forest aisle but, before that, branches off to the right to Cuvaloup de Crans. The tour ends at the La Grivine railway station below and to the east of the pass.
15 km | 1 Stage
880 m | 720 m
5 h 00 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel St-Cergue
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map

More …

Precipitous area of risk
Steep short passage before La Barillette and after La Dôle.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel La Givrine
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map

Contact

Office du Tourisme de St-Cergue
Pl. Sy-Vieuxville
1264 St-Cergue
Tel. +41 (0)22 360 13 14
info@st-cergue-tourisme.ch
www.st-cergue-tourisme.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
Show all

Places

Saint-Cergue
Saint-Cergue
Show all

Places of interest

Fromagerie des Fruitières de Nyon
Fromagerie des Fruitières de Nyon
La vetta della Dôle
La vetta della Dôle
Show all

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