753 Pouillerel Bike
753 Pouillerel Bike

Mountainbiking

Pouillerel Bike

Pouillerel Bike

La Chaux-de-Fonds–Les Roches-de-Moron–La Chaux-de-Fonds

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Pouillerel Bike

Pouillerel Bike

From the watchmaking city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, past the first house built by Le Corbusier, up to Gros Crêt hill. The views ranging from the Alps to the Vosges Mountains are as amazing as the later sights of the Doubs and Lac de Moron from the cliffs.
La Chaux-de-Fonds and adjacent Le Locle are the centre of the Swiss watchmaking industry. The chessboard arrangement of the streets is based on their needs: easy traffic patterns and plenty of light. This is why well-known watchmaking companies are still headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds and the reason why the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite its size and industrial magnitude, the environment is thinly populated. In other words, with a mountain bike it takes no time to get out into the countryside. The route leads from the train station to Avenue Léopold-Robert (or “le Pod”). It then turns north, past the animal park and up into the forest. Partially hidden near the forest is Maison Blanche, the first house designed by Le Corbusier and built for his parents in the city of his birth. It was literally a test site for the world-famous architect.

The trail leading out of the city is relatively steep as is the small road to “Chez Capel” and Gros Crêt. The highest point of the tour is also the highest elevation in the Doubs nature park. But it comes with a reward: a 360° panoramic view across the Jura, the Vosges Mountains, Mt. Chasseral, the Alps and Mt. Chasseron. The trail now alternates between meadows and single trails and the well-known “sentier des copeaux” is a veritable gem. Shortly after entering the forest, it is a good idea to park the bike at the crossroad and climb down to the l'Escarpineau viewpoint with a breathtaking view of the Doubs Gorge. And that’s not all: about 2 km later another stop is definitely required at Roches de Moron to look at the Doubs and the curved shape of Lac de Moron below. The deep blue reservoir forms the French border.

The farming village of Les Planchettes on the northern slope of Mt. Pouillerel perches high above the deep valley. A short, paved road follows and a technical, challenging ascent across grass and on trails. It may be a bit slippery here. The last part through the forest and across meadows is peaceful before we take the same way back to the city.
From the watchmaking city of La Chaux-de-Fonds, past the first house built by Le Corbusier, up to Gros Crêt hill. The views ranging from the Alps to the Vosges Mountains are as amazing as the later sights of the Doubs and Lac de Moron from the cliffs.
La Chaux-de-Fonds and adjacent Le Locle are the centre of the Swiss watchmaking industry. The chessboard arrangement of the streets is based on their needs: easy traffic patterns and plenty of light. This is why well-known watchmaking companies are still headquartered in La Chaux-de-Fonds and the reason why the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite its size and industrial magnitude, the environment is thinly populated. In other words, with a mountain bike it takes no time to get out into the countryside. The route leads from the train station to Avenue Léopold-Robert (or “le Pod”). It then turns north, past the animal park and up into the forest. Partially hidden near the forest is Maison Blanche, the first house designed by Le Corbusier and built for his parents in the city of his birth. It was literally a test site for the world-famous architect.

The trail leading out of the city is relatively steep as is the small road to “Chez Capel” and Gros Crêt. The highest point of the tour is also the highest elevation in the Doubs nature park. But it comes with a reward: a 360° panoramic view across the Jura, the Vosges Mountains, Mt. Chasseral, the Alps and Mt. Chasseron. The trail now alternates between meadows and single trails and the well-known “sentier des copeaux” is a veritable gem. Shortly after entering the forest, it is a good idea to park the bike at the crossroad and climb down to the l'Escarpineau viewpoint with a breathtaking view of the Doubs Gorge. And that’s not all: about 2 km later another stop is definitely required at Roches de Moron to look at the Doubs and the curved shape of Lac de Moron below. The deep blue reservoir forms the French border.

The farming village of Les Planchettes on the northern slope of Mt. Pouillerel perches high above the deep valley. A short, paved road follows and a technical, challenging ascent across grass and on trails. It may be a bit slippery here. The last part through the forest and across meadows is peaceful before we take the same way back to the city.
22 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 10 km
Natural surface: 12 km
of which Singletrail: 6 km
700 m | 700 m
easy | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Signalization

Signalization
This route is only signposted in one direction: La Chaux-de-Fonds – Gros Crêt – Les Roches-de-Moron – Les Planchettes – Pouillerel – La Chaux-de-Fonds

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Contact

Tourisme neuchâtelois
Hôtel des Postes
Place du Port 2
2000 Neuchâtel
Tel. +41 (0)32 889 68 90
info@ne.ch
www.neuchateltourisme.ch

Services

Accommodation

La Coquille
La Coquille
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Camping Bois-du-Couvent
Camping Bois-du-Couvent
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Chez Gilles Hôtel – Resto – Bar
Chez Gilles Hôtel – Resto – Bar
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Grand Hôtel Les Endroits
Grand Hôtel Les Endroits
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Hôtel Athmos
Hôtel Athmos
La Chaux-de-Fonds
La ferme du sommet de Pouillerel
La ferme du sommet de Pouillerel
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Guesthouse Le Locle
Guesthouse Le Locle
Le Locle
Maison DuBois - Chambres d’hôtes
Maison DuBois - Chambres d’hôtes
Le Locle
B&B La Salomé
B&B La Salomé
Les Planchettes
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Places

La Chaux-de-Fonds
La Chaux-de-Fonds
Le Locle
Le Locle
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Places of interest

International watchmaking museum
International watchmaking museum
Watchmaking town planning (UNESCO)
Watchmaking town planning (UNESCO)
Musée d'horlogerie du Locle
Musée d'horlogerie du Locle
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Swimming

Piscine couverte des Arêtes La Chaux-de-Fonds
Piscine couverte des Arêtes La Chaux-de-Fonds
Outdoor pool Piscine des Mélèzes in La Chaux-de-Fonds
Outdoor pool Piscine des Mélèzes in La Chaux-de-Fonds
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Signalization

Signalization
For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization