There's no shortage of summits in the Jura Mountains and these legendary peaks are hiking heaven. You're sure to find yourself at some point on the famous GTJ trails, some of which are physically challenging, others more gentle, or walking across the Regional Nature Park. You can hike all day or even for several days, staying in the mountain refuges that you'll find along the way.

A few hiking suggestions 

Ancolies au Crêt de la Neige
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Hiking up the Crêt de la Neige

This fairly difficult hike to the highest point of the Jura Mountains (1,720m) offers exceptional views over Lake Geneva and the Alps, with Mont Blanc as the highlight.

Average duration: 7hrs 20mns
Distance: 15.7km

The Crêt de la Neige
Rando au Crêt Chalam
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Hiking up the Crêt de Chalam

This short hike offers magnificent views over the Reculet, the Crêt de la Neige and the Mont Blanc. You can reach the top of the Crêt de Chalam via a loop itinerary or a there-and-back hike.

Average duration: 1hr 55mns
Distance: 4.47km

The Crêt de Chalam
Panorama depuis le sommet du Mont d'Or
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Hiking up the Mont d'Or

This is a hike to do on a sunny day to enjoy a beautiful 360° panorama of the Alps. The superb cliffs and rolling meadows will give you a real sense of freedom.

Average duration: 4hrs 45mns
Distance: 11.97km

The Mont d’Or summit
Le Grand Colombier
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Hiking up the Grand Colombier

This hike at the southern end of the Jura mountain range offers a bucolic scenery with mountain pastures and beautiful views over the Alps and Le Bourget Lake! 

Average duration: 4hrs 50mns
Distance: 12.89km

The Grand Colombier
From one end of the mountain range to the other

Hiking on the Grande Traversée du Jura trail

The Grande Traversée du Jura walking itinerary covers the entire length of the Jura Arc on the legendary GR®5 and GR®9 long-distance hiking trails.

More than 400km of waymarked paths to explore the massif in all its diversity. Whether you opt for the entire GTJ of just do a section of it, you'll find yourself on summits such as the Mont d'Or, the Crêt de la Neige or the Grand Colombier.

Part of the GTJ is in the Regional Nature Park and the higher areas of the mountain range, which means you'll cross a vast, untouched wilderness that we must protect in the interests of the vegetation and wildlife.

Discover the GTJ for hikers

Wow!

Views that take your breath away!

Equipped with suncream, sunglasses, binoculars and camera, prepare for an adventure you'll never forget!

After walking for hours you've finally made it... all the way to the top!

This is where you get your reward, a 360° panoramic view over an incredible landscape stretches before you as far as the eye can see.

From the summits of the Jura Mountains you'll be able to see the Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva and the Alpine mountain range...

Your efforts are rewarded by a timeless moment of freedom!

Vue sur le Pays de Gex, le Mont Blanc depuis le Petit Mont Rond
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Climbing to the summits

Each summit has its own characteristic features but they all offer sublime panoramic views that change through the seasons. All you have to do is take your pick and then walk to the top!

Randonnée sur la GTJ
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Randonnée sur la GTJ Michel JOLY Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Randonnée dans les Montagnes du Jura
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Randonnée dans les Montagnes du Jura Michel JOLY Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme BFC
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Randonnée à Baume-les-messieurs Jura tourisme
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Randonnée sur la Haute Chaîne du Jura
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Randonnée sur la Haute Chaîne du Jura M.COQUARD et E.DETREZ Bestjobers / Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Randonner à la station des Rousses à 1H de Lons
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Randonner à la station des Rousses à 1H de Lons Pierre_WITT__Bourgogne-Franche-Comte_Tourisme

Staying in a mountain refuge...

If you decide to hike over several days, you have the option of staying in the mountain refuges that you'll find along the way. 

Bivouac
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Where to bivouac

Alternatively, you can take the economical and increasingly popular option of bivouacking along the way to enjoy a taste of adventure. You should, however, observe certain rules:

  • Set up camp near a waymarked trail, a village or a refuge, so that you have access to toilets and drinking water, as well as shelter in the event of a storm
  • Keep your dog on a lead for the tranquillity of herds and wildlife
  • Do not light fires
  • Take your rubbish away with you and dispose of it in a bin when you cross the next village

Be aware that there are places where bivouacking is not allowed (Risoux, Massacre and Haute-Joux forests) and others where it is regulated (in the National Natural Reserve of the High Jura, bivouacking is allowed without a tent).

 

Other hiking ideas for fans of the great outdoors

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Randonnée sur la GTJ Michel JOLY Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
Randonnée dans les Montagnes du Jura Michel JOLY Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme BFC
Randonnée à Baume-les-messieurs Jura tourisme
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Randonnée sur la Haute Chaîne du Jura M.COQUARD et E.DETREZ Bestjobers / Bourgogne-Franche-Comte Tourisme
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