Begin of tour: Ste-Croix station
End of tour: Vallorbe station
Access starting point: By rail from Yverdon-les-Bains
Access point of arrival: By bus to Yverdon-les-Bains or train to Lausanne
Technical requirements: Average
Physical fitness: Difficult
Total altitude meters: Approx. 600 m
Hiking time: 6 hrs. 10 min.
Season: May to November
Gastronomy: Ste-Croix, La Gittaz-Dessous, Grange Neuve, Chalet du Suchet, La Payette, Ballaigues, Vallorbe
Overnight: Ste-Croix, Le Suchet, Ballaigues, Vallorbe
Various: Aiguilles de Baulmes, views and scenery
Ste-Croix - Grange Neuve - Mont Suchet - Chalet du Suchet - Ballaigues - Vallorbe
The Aiguilles de Baulmes - a strange chain of rocks of striking proportions - form the first highlight. Round the summit of Mont Suchet, the scenery is treeless and bare, but if you look more closely you'll find nearly as many flowers as in an alpine meadow. The 360 degree view is stunning. Lake Neuchâtel and Lake Geneva seem to vie with each other to attract the observer's attention. Behind this: the chain of the Alps dominated by Mont Blanc which towers above the rest. On the way down there are lovely views into the Vallon de Joux and the French Jura.
This walk from Ste-Croix to Vallorbe always follows the yellow and red signs for the Jura Mountain Trail. It ascends in a number of stages to the summit of Mont Suchet. The descent to Vallorbe goes first down to the Chalet du Suchet and then on through lush Jura meadows to Ballaigues. The last section from Ballaigues to Vallorbe is unfortunately almost entirely on tarmac roads.
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.