Jura Crest Trail
Distance 25 km
Duration 7 h
Ascent 780 m
The trail leads through the magnificent Vaud Jura, not far from the border between Switzerland and France, an area whose trees and stones could tell many a smuggler’s story. Old metal crafts and the railway are the main attractions in Vallorbe.
The trail leaves St.Croix and quickly returns to expansive, tranquil and untouched nature. A slight steady ascent leads to the first inn of the day, the Chalet de Grange-Neuve,
which is easily reached by car and therefore often quite busy, even early in the morning. This is followed by a challenging ascent through the forest, ending with magnificent views right below the peak of Le Suchet. In the north, Lake Neuchâtel looms large, while Lake Geneva can be seen to the south.
Shortly after, the trail arrives at the next guest house, Chalet du Suchet. Lunch with a view awaits. This is followed by the descent to Ballaigues. Along the path is the final métairie of the day, La Tiole. A family-run mountain restaurant that tempts guests from near and far. From Chalet de La Tiole, Ballaigues is not far and then it is just an hour’s walk from Vallorbe. Right by the Orbe, past the Viaduc du Day viaduct, the trail goes up to the impressive railway station in Vallorbe – the destination of today’s stage.
Food/drink and accommodation along the route
Accommodation in Vallorbe
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
7 h 15 min
April - October
To a mountain peak, With panoramic view, Over a pass