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Col du Mollendruz – Châtel

Snowshoe route
Time required: 2 hoursLength: 7.00 km


All season


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Vallée de Joux Tourisme
Centre Sportif, Rue de l'Orbe 8
1347 Le Sentier
Tel. +41 21 845 17 77
Fax +41 21 845 50 08

Parc naturel régional Jura vaudois - At the top of the Col du Mollendruz, starting from the Nordic Sport shop, this trail takes you to one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the Vaud Jura: Croix de Châtel at 1,432m.

At the far end of the main Col du Mollendruz car park, the Nordic Sport shop is the starting point of one of the most popular snowshoe trails in the Vallée de Joux. For the first few hundred metres, the trail follows a forest path, then takes you through an impressive forest ending at the Combe à la Neige (between the “toblerones”, former military fortifications). From here, the path climbs steeply between forests and pastures to the top of Châtel and its imposing metal cross. Your efforts are rewarded with a unique view encompassing the whole Alpine range.

Return via the Combe à la Neige back down to the winter snack bar at the Chalet du Mollendruz. After enjoying the warmth and cosiness of the chalet, there’s only a gentle slope of 900m back to the starting point at the Col du Mollendruz.



7.00 km
Altitude difference ascent
360 m
Altitude difference descent
360 m
Time required
2 hours
Level technique
Level condition
Height profile view map


Latest information on the snow situation:
Winter bus service :

Equipment rent

Boutique de vente et location
Ecole de ski de fond
Col du Mollendruz
Mont la Ville 1148

+41 (0)21 841 11 80


SwitzerlandMobility, Snowshoe trekking
Due to snow conditions, the locally signposted route may differ from that shown on the SwitzerlandMobility web map. If in doubt, follow the local signs.
Direction of the signposting
This route is only signposted in clockwise direction.


Starting point
Col du Mollendruz (Altitude: 1180 m)
Arrival by public transport
Mollendruz, col Timetable SBB
Col du Mollendruz (Altitude: 1180 m)
Arrival by public transport
Mollendruz, col Timetable SBB

Suitable for

The offer is suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children >12 years
  • 50+