Grande Traversée du Jura by mountain bike from La Perdrix to Metabief
The first ten kilometres are generally downhill. Then the mountain bike route takes you up a good climb (you will have to dismount at times) as far as Le Lomont Fort. From La Cluse-et-Mijoux, the route follows a quiet road, then a path, all part of a seven-kilometre climb, before you can enjoy a 300m descent to reach the Plateau des Fourgs. The rest of the stage is mainly downhill.
Three portions of ‘GTJ Light’ are described in the Carto Guide of the "GTJ à VTT", to enable you to bypass the main difficulties along this stage.
- Pontarlier: a small town, capital of the Haut-Doubs area, with some 17th and 18th century buildings of interest; the municipal museum; the absinthe distillery (producing the spirit nicknamed ‘the green fairy’).
- La Cluse-et-Mijoux, with Fort Malher to one side, and, to the other, the Château de Joux, an imposing, well-preserved fortress, home to a lot of history and legends.
SNCF train station
Pontarlier train station