Sunday, April 29, 2007

Long Weekend in the Jura

Saturday, April 28:
Spent the afternoon in Neuchâtel, dinner with Tom Ward and his family.

Sunday, April 29:
Môtiers (737 m) to Poëta Raisse (1084 m) to La Combaz (1223 m) to Les Rochat (1164 m) to Le Soliat (1463 m) to Creux du Van and Ferme du Soliat (1382 m). ~7h including ~ 1h lunch. ~20 km.

Monday, April 30:
Ferme du Soliat (1382 m) to Noiraigue (733 m) to Les Tablettes (1288 m) to La Tourne (1129 m) to La Grande Sagneule (1313 m) to Mont Racine (1439 m) to Hotel Tet de Ran (1325 m). ~ 8 1/2h including 1h breaks. ~24 km.

Tuesday, May 1:
Hotel Tete de Ran (1325 m) to Vue des Alpes (1283 m) to Gare de Convers (1047 m) to Les Convers (1012 m) past Renan to Sonvilier (802 m) to St-Imier (793 m). ~ 5h, including 1/2h breaks.
This was a fairly leisurely hike down into and then along the valley of St-Imier. It was really nice to walk in the sun through the fields.

We (that's the peasant "we") forgot the camera, so there are no pictures. "Fortunately" it was hazy enough that we didn't have any really spectacular long views. On Sunday and Monday we could hardly see the other side of Lake Neuchatel. Tuesday was a bit clearer, but there was still no chance to see all the way to the Alps.
We didn't take any pictures, so here're some from the web (from wikipedia and
Poëta Raisse

Creux du Van

Along the Jura Höhenweg

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