Begin of tour: Col du Marchairuz bus-stop
End of tour: St-Cergue station
Access starting point: Bus from Nyon
Access point of arrival: Train to Nyon
Technical requirements: Easy
Physical fitness: Average
Total altitude meters: Approx. 150 m
Hiking time: 4 hrs. 30 min.
Season: May to November
Gastronomy: Col du Marchairuz, Peroude de Marchissy, St-Cergue
Overnight: Col du Marchairuz, St-Cergue
Various: Note the bus to the Col du Marchairuz only runs in the summer months and only on Saturdays and Sundays.
Col du Marchairuz - Crête de la Neuve - St-Cergue
Between the woods are colourful flower-filled meadows. You should reach the Crête de la Neuve after just over an hour. The panorama is stunning. Towering over everything else is the peak of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps. In front is the wide sweep of Lake Geneva. The view extends from the Rhône delta in the east to Geneva's Jet d'Eau in the west. As you go down towards St-Cergue, the scenery gradually changes. More and more deciduous trees are mixed in with the dark pine trees. Finally, after passing the ruined monastery of Oujon, the walk takes you to the tourist resort of St-Cergue.
The station in Nyon is an ideal starting point for this walk. From there you go by bus up to the Col du Marchairuz (only Sat + Sun). You keep following the Jura Mountain Trail towards St-Cergue and go up to the Crête de la Neuve. Finally, a long descent takes you down to St-Cergue. From there the little train takes you back to Nyon.
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.