Pioneers’ trail

Chasseral – Les Hauts-Geneveys

Pioneer's trail
Pioneer's trail. © Parc régional Chasseral
  • Length
    • 32 km
  • Ascents | Descents
    • 880 m | 1'472 m
    Ascents | Descents
  • Duration
    • 8 h 20
  • Technical | Fitness level
    • Group activity | Challenging
    Technical | Fitness level

During a two-day hike you will discover how nature in the Jura mountains was "tamed" by people to whom it gave as unique a character as its own.

These hikes will enable you to discover how nature in the Jura mountains was "tamed", much later and in a uniquely different way, by men and women to whom, over the centuries, it gave as unique a character as its own and a special calling to ingenuity. Your journey will take you from isolated farms to hamlets and villages, from dairy farms to forges and along boviducs (trails used for supervising cattle and grazing, bordered by hedges and dry stone walls), to the ruins of lime kilns.

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    • Section 1: Chasseral-Villiers/Dombresson
    • Section 2: Villiers/Dombresson-La Vue des Alpes-Les Hauts-Geneveys
    • Panorama, the highest mountain pass in the Jura massif, summit flora of Chasseral (pseudo-alpine), nature reserve of Combe-Biosse, dolines, dairy farms of l’Ile, Aarberg, Chuffort, wooded pastures, old lime kiln, hamlet of Clémesin, village of Pâquier and its forge, old mills of Villiers, treasure of Dombresson.
    • Church of Dombresson, Les Vieux Prés, boviducs of the Chézard and Cernier mountains, the "Vue des Alpes" mountain pass, revolutionary route, historic railway line.
  • City start
    • Chasseral
    City end
    • Les Hauts-Geneveys
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The bus ride from St-Imier to Chasseral is a winding road between forest and pastures.

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St-Imier - Chasseral