242 Parcours Le Locle–La Sagne
242 Parcours Le Locle–La Sagne

Snowshoe trekking

Parcours Le Locle–La Sagne

Parcours Le Locle–La Sagne

Le Locle–La Sagne

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Parcours Le Locle–La Sagne

Parcours Le Locle–La Sagne

Part of the UNESCO world heritage for its town planning, the town of Locle was built around the know-how of watchmakers. The snowshoe trek from Locle to La Sagne marks the change from top-of-the range watchmaking to vast open prairies.
The snowshoe route starts in front of Locle Community Centre. Hikers arriving by train can walk there or use public transport. The Community Centre brings together many practitioners of sports and leisure activities. It includes a skating rink, an inside climbing wall and the start of the cross-country skiing trail.

The first section of the route is quiet and skirts the hill up to Les Crétêts. From there, the slope becomes steeper up to the top of the Jean d’Hôtaux hill. Then you must cover one more kilometre until you arrive at the Auberge du Grand-Sommartel (remember to check the opening times first).

From the Auberge, take a small detour 300 m to the west where you will find a superb viewpoint. You can overlook the Alpine range an the two villages Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Then following the ridge leading to the Col des Entre deux Monts, you will also enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Vallée de La Sagne, the summit of Mont Racine and in the distance, the chain of the Alps. Then through wooded pastures, you will arrive at La Sagne with the distinction of being one of the longest villages in Switzerland.
Part of the UNESCO world heritage for its town planning, the town of Locle was built around the know-how of watchmakers. The snowshoe trek from Locle to La Sagne marks the change from top-of-the range watchmaking to vast open prairies.
The snowshoe route starts in front of Locle Community Centre. Hikers arriving by train can walk there or use public transport. The Community Centre brings together many practitioners of sports and leisure activities. It includes a skating rink, an inside climbing wall and the start of the cross-country skiing trail.

The first section of the route is quiet and skirts the hill up to Les Crétêts. From there, the slope becomes steeper up to the top of the Jean d’Hôtaux hill. Then you must cover one more kilometre until you arrive at the Auberge du Grand-Sommartel (remember to check the opening times first).

From the Auberge, take a small detour 300 m to the west where you will find a superb viewpoint. You can overlook the Alpine range an the two villages Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Then following the ridge leading to the Col des Entre deux Monts, you will also enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the Vallée de La Sagne, the summit of Mont Racine and in the distance, the chain of the Alps. Then through wooded pastures, you will arrive at La Sagne with the distinction of being one of the longest villages in Switzerland.
8 km | 1 Stage
380 m | 360 m
3 h 45 min
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return Le Locle, Communal
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Season

Winter season
The winter season is usually from mid-December to mid-March.
Snow report
For the latest information on the snow situation see category «Raquettes»:
www.neuchatel-snow.ch

Signalization

Routing
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.
Direction of the signposting
This route is only signposted in one direction: Le Locle–La Sagne.

Arrival | return travel

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

Contact

Ville du Locle
Hôtel de Ville
2400 Le Locle
Tel. +41 (0)32 933 84 14
bernard.vaucher@ne.ch
www.lelocle.ch

Services

Accommodation

Guesthouse Le Locle
Guesthouse Le Locle
Le Locle
Maison DuBois - Chambres d’hôtes
Maison DuBois - Chambres d’hôtes
Le Locle
Hôtel von Bergen
Hôtel von Bergen
La Sagne
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Places

Le Locle
Le Locle
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Places of interest

Musée d'horlogerie du Locle
Musée d'horlogerie du Locle
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Signalization

Signalization
For snow shoe trekking, follow the logo indicated on the pink signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization