Route: Jura Crest Trail (Switzerland)

Submitted by polderzwitser on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 04:27am
319 km
Vertical Gain
13,800 m

The Jura Crest Trail (Chemin des Crêtes du Jura / Jura Höhenweg (n°5)) is the oldest long-distance hike in Switzerland. Signposting on the route – starting at Zurich and ending just before Geneva – began as early as 1905. It is a long-distance hike that links two major Swiss towns, and as the name suggests, leads over the heights of the Swiss Jura. This makes a sweeping arc towards the northwest, so those hiking this trail go a little round the bend – and over the linguistic border.

The route has a particular appeal, as it’s always easy to keep track of. Later, it offers far-ranging views of the Alps, Black Forest and the Vosges. Along the way, hikers encounter craggy cliffs and deep ravines, springs and lakes with no visible outlets, tranquil forests and extensive meadows as well as all manner of flora and fauna. Similarities aside, many regional differences are waiting to be discovered: different styles of house and village, or cuisines with distinctive tastes. The many mountain restaurants and métairies are ideal for sampling local specialities. 

(Updated .gpx file submitted by Martin Perrier (edited by M. Geisler: Train station detours are excluded))



Please note that currently this route is under review (26.7.2022). The Route will be modified and the train stations are NOT in the future route (as the run from Loic shows)

I'm thinking about doing this route sometime in the future. Do you know when the modifications will be finished?

Any news on the update yet? :)

update 02/2024: Please use the GPX file uploaded. It matches 99% the Route of Swiss mobile and follows the Jura Crest Trail. The train stations detours are excluded.