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Les cascades du Hérisson / The Hérisson (Hedgehog) Waterfalls
distance 12.11km Vertical gain +329m Vertical drop -336m duration 4h15 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in La Chaux-du-Dombief - 39 - Jura

The walk descends the Hérisson ('hedgehog') River with its series of rapids and waterfalls, then returns via Bonlieu, passing through the Dame Blanche viewpoint, with a panoramic view over lakes Val and Chambly and the Herisson valley.

distance 11.52km Vertical gain +183m Vertical drop -174m duration 3h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Le Frasnois - 39 - Jura

A hike to do preferentially during fall to admire the beautiful colors of the Indian summer reflecting off the lakes.

distance 10.72km Vertical gain +468m Vertical drop -461m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Baume-les-Messieurs - 39 - Jura

Discover one of the most beautiful natural sites and one of the prettiest villages in the Franche-Comté.

distance 5.82km Vertical gain +228m Vertical drop -225m duration 2h10 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Bourg-de-Sirod - 39 - Jura

Pleasure in cascades.
This extraordinary walk around the Pertes de l’Ain gorges sets out from the remarkable site of the old forges and is a delight for all the senses.
Along the way: The Pertes de l’Ain, gorges, cascades, the ruins of Villain castle, and the relics of an old village.

distance 7.32km Vertical gain +337m Vertical drop -321m duration 2h55 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Saint-Germain-la-Chambotte - 73 - Savoie

A loop above lake Bourget for a late afternoon walk.
A walk amid historical sites and beautiful viewpoints.

distance 14.89km Vertical gain +576m Vertical drop -576m duration 5h40 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Mouthier-Haute-Pierre - 25 - Doubs

From the old village of Mouthier, you will climb up to the tourism hotspot Franche-Comté , one of the major natural sites of Doubs: the Source of the Loue and up the Nouailles Gorges. You will overlook its emerald green waters interspersed with rapids and waterfalls, climbing and a scenic, physically demanding trail, perhaps surprising along the way some old forgers printing counterfeit money in the shade of caves and returning by the crest of cliffs and lookout points overlooking the valley.

Circuit around Saint-Point-Lac
distance 18.55km Vertical gain +189m Vertical drop -186m duration 5h45 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Labergement-Sainte-Marie - 25 - Doubs

The route around the lake is a long hike but on good roads. Saint-Point-Lac is the third-largest natural lake in France. The path will take you along and close to the lake but also rises up a little and leads away from it at times for better views.
This trail is littered with signs to better understand your environment.

distance 4.87km Vertical gain +197m Vertical drop -208m duration 1h50 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in La Chaux-du-Dombief - 39 - Jura

Very nice and easy walk above the lakes of the Jura, Maclu and Illay.

distance 6.19km Vertical gain +358m Vertical drop -359m duration 2h35 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Consolation-Maisonnettes - 25 - Doubs

A walk around the Cirque de Consolation with a thrilling variety of views and valleys. Beautiful panoramic views and bodies of water on way.

distance 12.89km Vertical gain +417m Vertical drop -417m duration 4h40 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Corbonod - 01 - Ain

A summit and vistas in a site dominated by pastures.

La Dôle from Les Dappes
distance 6.69km Vertical gain +434m Vertical drop -428m duration 2h55 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Prémanon - 39 - Jura

Without doubt, the shortest path up to the summit of La Dôle (1677m altitude) from the French side of the border. In good weather, the views are breathtaking and go on for over 250km: from the Swiss Alps to Mont Blanc and on to the Vanoise and the Ecrins, all of this with plunging views down over Geneva and its lake.

distance 7.74km Vertical gain +526m Vertical drop -521m duration 3h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Nans-sous-Sainte-Anne - 25 - Doubs

This hike allows you to discover the geological and karstic curiosities which are the source du Lison (the Lison spring), the creux Billard (the Billard hollow) and the grotte Sarrazine (the Sarrazine cave).
The great advantage of this route is that overlooks the creux Billard and offers natural uncovered lookout points from the upper plateau.

Walking The Saut du Doubs ( Download : PDF )
distance 10.36km Vertical gain +371m Vertical drop -373m duration 3h50 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Villers-le-Lac - 25 - Doubs

This hike is a marvellous way to explore the beautiful Saut du Doubs.

distance 14.69km Vertical gain +403m Vertical drop -403m duration 5h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hotonnes - 01 - Ain

An easy loop along Retord Plateau taking you past the "Gouffre de la Bauche" sinkhole and the "Crêt du Nu" viewpoint.

Môtiers: The Poëta-Raisse Gorges
distance 10.28km Vertical gain +527m Vertical drop -524m duration 4h10 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Môtiers - Canton of Neuchâtel

Rousseau once wrote «I have, opposite my windows, a beautiful waterfall which from the mountain top, plunges from a rocky escarpment into the valley, with a sound heard for miles around, especially when waters are high». From waterfall to waterfall, alongside these impressively steep gorges which once inspired fear (poëta from the latin putidus meaning "altered, fetid"), this trail will lead you through a delightful hike through rocks and water.

distance 14.38km Vertical gain +1433m Vertical drop -1435m duration 7h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Attignat-Oncin - 73 - Savoie

The Mont Grêle lookout point and Archelle’s summit.
Mont Grêle is a peak that is visible from the valley of Chambéry and the Aiguebelette region.
It is easily spotted thanks to or because of the pylons that are installed at the top. Up close, these towers have still look great, but they do not alone justify the purpose of the tour, which is interesting because it offers views over Lake Aiguebelette and Chartreuse.

distance 23.21km Vertical gain +1205m Vertical drop -1201m duration 9h30 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Mouthier-Haute-Pierre - 25 - Doubs

The Loue Spring (tributary of the Doubs) is a resurgence of the Doubs. After journeying underground, it comes out into the open air at the bottom of a 'reculée' (steephead valley), at the foot of the rock face. It has cut deep into the limestone of the Jura massif, creating an enclosed valley, which I invite you to gaze at and contemplate from the many lookout points. You will also go down to the bottom of the gorge to discover this impressive resurgence.

Between Brangues and the Rhône
distance 15.28km Vertical gain +76m Vertical drop -77m duration 4h35 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Brangues - 38 - Isère

A lovely, gentle walk, part of which is along the Rhone, which you can do as a family.

Belchenflue mountain through the "Devil" gorges
distance 14.69km Vertical gain +798m Vertical drop -798m duration 6h05 Average Average
Starting point Starting point in Hägendorf - Canton of Solothurn

The Swiss Jura Belchen, the Alsatian Belchen (Ballon d'Alsace) and the Black Forest Belchen all form the peaks of a right-angle triangle, mystical sunrise observation point dating back to Celtic times (Belchen comes from "Belenus" the celtic god of sun). You'll gain access to this exceptional viewpoint through the "Devil's" gorges lined with steep walls, waterfalls, caves and caverns. The way back, along the "military path" is full of vestiges and ends with typical Jura landscapes.

distance 8.51km Vertical gain +253m Vertical drop -242m duration 3h00 Easy Easy
Starting point Starting point in Lizine - 25 - Doubs

Another circular walk around Lizine taking you to beautiful viewpoints and past the limestone pavement.

distance 15.4km Vertical gain +572m Vertical drop -492m duration 5h45 Difficult Difficult
Starting point Starting point in Bois-d'Amont - 39 - Jura

Surrounded by Sala and Noiremont summits, this hike that allows you to explore Swiss forests and pastures. You'll need two cars for this straight route hike.