996 Mont Tendre Bike
996 Mont Tendre Bike

Mountainbiking

Mont Tendre Bike

Mont Tendre Bike

Le Sentier–Le Sentier

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Mont Tendre Bike

Mont Tendre Bike

The Mont Tendre Bike route is the ideal way to discover everything the Vallée de Joux has to offer. This circular route takes you through the foothills of Mont Tendre, the highest peak of the Swiss Jura, (1,680m), and returns along the south bank of Lac de Joux.
Starting from the car park at the Centre Sportif Vallée de Joux in Le Sentier, you follow the path along the banks of the river Orbe until you get to the secondary road to the village of L'Orient which you follow for a few hundred metres. From here, you head right, onto the most challenging part of the route, a climb of 3km 600m. You'll quickly be rewarded by breathtaking views of Lac de Joux, until you arrive at the beautiful alpine pastures.

Then, through forest clearings and along single track gravel trails, you take Jura Bike No. 3 for 1,3 km until you get to the Chalet des Grandes Chaumilles. From here, continue in the direction of Chalet des Combes passing the Bois Carré mountain hut; ideal for a picnic stop! You then follow a straight route of about 5km through the meadows to the foot of Mont Tendre! Once you reach the high point of the trail (1,507m), you'll find the Bon accueil hut converted from an old bus!

From the Chalet du Mazel, it's an easy ride to Pré de l'Haut where you have a little climb to the Les Croisettes alpine cafe. The hardest part is over! From here, a fantastic single trail takes you back down to the village of L'Abbaye and the lake shore. You return via Groinroux along the lane overlooking the local road. As you enter Bioux, the trail heads down to the lakeside, passing the Ferme campsite, then the Altitude 1004 water sports centre. The last 2km are along the local road (the boardwalks along the reed beds are for pedestrians only), then you rejoin the initial path along the river bank.
The Mont Tendre Bike route is the ideal way to discover everything the Vallée de Joux has to offer. This circular route takes you through the foothills of Mont Tendre, the highest peak of the Swiss Jura, (1,680m), and returns along the south bank of Lac de Joux.
Starting from the car park at the Centre Sportif Vallée de Joux in Le Sentier, you follow the path along the banks of the river Orbe until you get to the secondary road to the village of L'Orient which you follow for a few hundred metres. From here, you head right, onto the most challenging part of the route, a climb of 3km 600m. You'll quickly be rewarded by breathtaking views of Lac de Joux, until you arrive at the beautiful alpine pastures.

Then, through forest clearings and along single track gravel trails, you take Jura Bike No. 3 for 1,3 km until you get to the Chalet des Grandes Chaumilles. From here, continue in the direction of Chalet des Combes passing the Bois Carré mountain hut; ideal for a picnic stop! You then follow a straight route of about 5km through the meadows to the foot of Mont Tendre! Once you reach the high point of the trail (1,507m), you'll find the Bon accueil hut converted from an old bus!

From the Chalet du Mazel, it's an easy ride to Pré de l'Haut where you have a little climb to the Les Croisettes alpine cafe. The hardest part is over! From here, a fantastic single trail takes you back down to the village of L'Abbaye and the lake shore. You return via Groinroux along the lane overlooking the local road. As you enter Bioux, the trail heads down to the lakeside, passing the Ferme campsite, then the Altitude 1004 water sports centre. The last 2km are along the local road (the boardwalks along the reed beds are for pedestrians only), then you rejoin the initial path along the river bank.
31 km | 1 Stage
Asphalted: 11 km
Natural surface: 20 km
of which Singletrail: 12 km
740 m | 740 m
medium | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sentier-Orient
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Signalization

Signalization
This route is only signposted in one direction: Le Sentier – Mont Tendre – L'Abbaye – Le Sentier

Hints

Tours with an e-mountain bike
The tourism organisations had these routes registered specifically as e-mountain bike routes. Technically, they are not too difficult, no passages where the bike has to be carried, short sections where it needs to be pushed, and doable with one battery charge (max. 1000 -1200 m altitude difference).
Hint
Restaurants and accommodation are available along the trail, with a variety of huts and picnic areas for riders to enjoy.

General safety

Consideration
This route is only signed in one direction. Give way to walkers, stick to the permitted trails and close gates behind you.

Protected area

Consideration
It is recommended not to ride this trail before 1 July. The Vallée de Joux with its high mountain forests is home to many grouse, attracted by the remote mixed forests of this area. Being disturbed by human activity, during the winter and spring, is a significant aggravating factor in the falling numbers of this bird.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sentier-Orient
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map

Contact

Vallée de Joux Tourisme
Rue de l'Orbe 8
1347 Le Sentier
Tel. +41 (0)21 845 17 77
info@valleedejoux.ch
www.myvalleedejoux.ch

Services

Accommodation

Chambres d’Hôtes Les Fûves
Chambres d’Hôtes Les Fûves
Orient
Hôtel Restaurant Bellevue le Rocheray
Hôtel Restaurant Bellevue le Rocheray
Le Sentier
Hôtel du Marchairuz
Hôtel du Marchairuz
St-George
Cabane du Petit Cunay, CAS
Cabane du Petit Cunay, CAS
Bière
Hôtel Restaurant de la Truite
Hôtel Restaurant de la Truite
Le Pont
Restaurant du Lac
Restaurant du Lac
Le Pont
B&B Labase
B&B Labase
Le Lieu
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Places

Le Sentier
Le Sentier
Col du Marchairuz
Col du Marchairuz
Le Pont
Le Pont
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Places of interest

Over the Col du Marchairuz
Over the Col du Marchairuz
Vallée de Joux
Vallée de Joux
Vacherin Mont-d'Or museum
Vacherin Mont-d'Or museum
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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