Jura Crest Trail
Distance 20 km
Duration 6 h
Ascent 900 m
This stretch will introduce you to no less than five different mountain passes. The Staffelegg is followed by the Bänkerjoch, the Salhöhe, the Schafmatt and finally the Unterer Hauenstein passes. In between, there is a lot of forest, several meadows, and the rugged Geissfluh vantage point on the border with Baselland.
Today’s stage begins on the first of the five passes, the Staffelegg Pass. Hike past grazing cows and typical Swiss farms along the way to the second pass, the Bänkerjoch Pass. You reach this pass around a sixth of the way through this stage, and an ascent to the Wasserflue mountain follows. At 866 m above sea level, this is the highest point in the canton of Aargau.
Shortly before reaching the peak, the panorama trail goes down into the valley. Those not wanting to miss out on the views from atop the Wasserflue need only climb for another quarter of an hour to enjoy marvellous views from the summit.
Next, the Jura Crest Trail tackles the third pass of the day, the Salhöhe Pass. Refreshments await at the small restaurant here. This is a chance to recharge your batteries in readiness for the next ascent up the Geissflue. Food is available after descending to the fourth pass of the day, the Schafmatt. Via Burgweid and the hamlet of Froburg, with a restaurant and hotel, the trail now leads directly to the final pass, the Unterer Hauenstein Pass. It connects Läufelfingen with Trimbach, and is the end of today’s stage.
Food/drink along the route
Accommodation at the end of the stage
An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted
5 h 50 min
March - October
With panoramic view