Trans Swiss Trail (route no. 2)
"With Snopy, my faithful four-legged friend by my side, we decided to cross Switzerland on foot, from north to south. The diversity of the landscapes between the Jura, the Plateau, the Alps and finally the Ticino was more than inviting to our eyes. What's more, we would be crossing three of the country's four linguistic regions. We were still unsure how much time to allow for each stage, but we certainly had to start at the beginning... So we took the train towards the northern borders of Switzerland and reached Porrentruy. At times in this small student town, we might have thought we were in France. Then we headed for St-Ursanne, crossing one of the first folds of the Jura mountain range and passing by the Chalet of the Friends of Nature at Les Chainions. It was a Saturday, so we had the chance to quench our thirst on the premises. After that, we walked along the ridge and saw the Vacherie Mouillard cowshed down below with the steeple of its chapel dating from 1888 (as I will learn later). After walking for just under five hours, we reached the banks of the Doubs and spent some time discovering the medieval town of St-Ursanne. A wonderful first stage!"
The full route comprises 32 stages between Porrentruy and Mendrisio.
Section 1: Porrentruy - Seleute - St-Ursanne
Distance: 16 km
Gradient: 620 m
Section 2: St-Ursanne - Soubey
Distance: 15 km
Gradient: 280 m
Section 3: Soubey - Saignelégier
Distance: 12 km
Gradient: 840 m
Section 4: Saignelégier - St-Imier
Distance: 18 km
Gradient: 460 m
Technically: easy (hiking trail)
Good to know
- In Soubey, you can watch the last working mill on the banks of the Doubs.
- As you leave Saignelégier towards St-Imier, you must stop off at Le Roselet to discover the "retired" horses.
DownloadProfile of the full route | PDF, 1.10 MB
Profile Porrentruy - St-Ursanne | PDF, 185 kB
Profile St-Ursanne - Soubey | PDF, 180 kB
Profile Soubey - Saignelégier | PDF, 183 kB
Profile Saignelégier - St-Imier | PDF, 188 kB