|Starting point:||La Givrine/St-Cergue|
|Reaching the starting point:||Train from Nyon to La Givrine|
|Reaching your destination:||Train from St-Cergue to Nyon|
|Hiking time:||4 hours 30 min|
|Catering:||Restaurant La Givrine; Restaurant Cuvaloup de Crans; Chalet de la Dôle; Restaurant La Barillette; diverse guesthouses in St-Cergue|
|Time of year:||June to October|
Mighty pine trees and endless meadows shape the face of the Jura chain. Characteristics that make for a most attractive hike leading to the La Dôle viewing point. From the remote La Givrine railway station, initially you find yourself on a flattish trail that slowly starts to climb as you stride ahead towards the ridge. The striking radar installation on the summit shows the way. Soil and flora diminish as altitude increases, taking on more of an alpine character – until you suddenly face open views over Central Switzerland, Lake Geneva basin and crowning Alps, including the majestic Montblanc. Views are unlimited in the true sense of the word, as La Dôle is the second highest summit in the Swiss Jura, and from here views of virtually all of western Switzerland lie at your feet. Leading along the edge of this unruly basin, a downward path on the eastern slope leads to the welcoming Chalet de la Dôle - and following a contrasting climb to La Barillette, through pine forests and grasslands you make your way down to St-Cergue.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.