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Rochers des Sommêtres

"After walking through the forest, we climbed the narrow steps carved into the rock. At the top, we had an unobstructed view of the plateau of Maiche to the north, with the Franches-Montagnes and Chasseral to the south. We could make out the Doubs at the bottom of the valley. The more courageous among us walked up to the cross, but I was too scared of the height! Instead, I took a look at the refuge and almost regretted not bringing some bread and cheese with me. A nice fondue would have been a fine end to the day."


Les Sommêtres is a rocky ridge up to 1,079 m high. It is well-known among climbers and offers an impressive view from the summit, which can only be reached on foot. The path is steep and some parts consist of steps carved directly into the rock.

Good to know
The Groupe d'Alpinistes des Franches-Montagnes (GAFM) has built a refuge for rock climbers and hikers passing through the region. I It is accessible on foot from the village of Muriaux – follow the footpath (yellow markers) towards Noirmont – or from Noirmont, follow the footpath towards Saignelégier. Allow about 45 minutes for the walk.

  • Capacity: 9 bunks
  • Water: yes
  • Toilets: yes
  • Price: CHF 10.00 per person (pay into a small money box on site)
  • Bookings: not required; the refuge is always open and rules are displayed.

Jean Zahnd
Refuge officer
2340 Le Noirmont
T. +41 (0) 32 953 11 57