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Pioneers’ trail

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.

Section 1: Chasseral-Villiers/Dombresson (via Le Pâquier)
Duration: 3 hrs 20 mins
Distance: 14 km
Gradient: 1054 m

Section 2: Villiers/Dombresson-La Vue des Alpes-Les Hauts-Geneveys
Duration: 4 hrs 45 mins
Distance: 18 km
Gradient: 595 m


Good to know

  • 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.


Pioneers'trail flyer (french-german) | PDF, 1.32 MB
Hiking trails | PDF, 6.38 MB

Jura bernois Tourisme
Place de la Gare 2
2610 St-Imier
T. +41 (0) 32 942 39 42

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