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La Dole

Home Up Driving Route

The trial walk

09__6a.jpg (68343 bytes)La Dole (the right spelling is La Dôle, but I'm to lazy to type in all these fancy accent circumflex, etc.) is a peak in Swiss Jura. Like many of its counterparts, it offers a perfect view over surroundings: Lac Leman, Alps, other Jura tops. However, La Dole is special. 14_11a.jpg (19854 bytes)

For those coming from Geneva it is only 30 min drive. For Lausanne dwellers, like me, it is a bit longer, but still no problem. In any case you need to take the highway Geneva - Lausanne and leave it at Nion exit, but to the opposite direction - towards Saint-Sergue.  At a second round about take direction to Gingins. The driving map up to Gingins is here. In Gingins, aim up the hill. Here is the map from Gingins to La Dole. The road climbs high, almost to the top. After you park at the end of the road - chalet La Dôle, you see about the same what's on the left picture. These white spheres are meteorological station and/or radio station on the top. In a good weather it is well visible from the highway Geneva - Lausanne.

02_00a.jpg (20435 bytes)La Dole provides you with an opportunity of comparatively very short, but interesting walk. From parking you can reach the top taking one of two available paths: from the left , i.e. south or from the right, i.e. north. See the topographical map on the right. Grid on the map corresponds to one kilometer. Whichever path you take, the walk will not take more than  1.5 hours up plus 1 hour down, except if you walk ve-e-ery slow. If you are not an experienced climber and know how to climb steep rocks, straight walk up the hill is not possible.

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Usually paths are well marked by these red-yellow or red-white marks

I chose the left route, along the southern side. The path first starts to go up smoothly, then steeper and steeper. At its extreme, I think it is above 50% (percent, not degrees!), but don't worry - steep pieces are short. Then, as you reach  point 1569 (see the map), the walk becomes again easy and remains it until very top.

All in all it makes this walk very good for trial. If you like it, you will continue with more and more lengthy and interesting routes. If you don't like it - it is not a disaster: go down and have a dinner at the La Barillette  restaurant, located on a neighboring peak of the same name. And don't worry - that one you can drive up to the door, no need for climbing :)

La Dole is located very close to French border. On the way to the top, before the last leg, you will be in only several meters from it. There is barber wire or border posts. All it is - a low stone-made barrier. Even this is at most to separate French cows from Swiss cows, not more.

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This stone fence is a border between France and Switzerland.  View towards France
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View from La Dole down to the parking, Chalet La Dole and La Barillette mountain, where the restaurant is. View from La Dole towards Lac Leman and Geneve

Your walk will be rewarded by beautiful Jura pictures. I took some as I wend down. See below.


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