Getting prepared

1Latest info

In this section, you will find important information about your GTJ horseback riding route and the lodging options that will make your trek easier.
For better understanding, the explanations below contain cross references to the pages and stop-over numbers in the guide titled “La Grande Traversée du Jura à Cheval” (publisher: Chamina, issue: 2nd quarter 2013).

Leg 2: Sur la Baume – Reculotte (pages 24 & 25)
The steep path from the D 20 road towards the botanical path and the Roche du Miroir look-out (between points 3 and 4) is very narrow and can be difficult to navigate if your horse is large or loaded with side bags.
You might want to take the alternative option (dotted line on the background of the map, page 24) or continue on the D 20 road for 2 km and return to the trail at a place called Les Cerneux.

Leg 11: Boissia – La Fromagerie (pages 75 to 80)
Caution!! At Uxelles, fording the river can be difficult, especially when it rains. There is a footbridge, but it is not designed for horses, please do not use it! Work is planned in this section of the river to ease the fording.

Leg 12: La Fromagerie – Le Petit Cernois (pages 81 to 84)
The average riding time marked for this section is 3.5 hrs, but you should plan on 5 hrs because of the altitude that varies significantly.

Leg 13: Le Petit Cernois – Le bief de la Chaille (pages 86 & 87)
This leg has undergone substantial and definitive changes due to fording problems, difficult downhill sections and road crossing points. Marking has been entirely changed to guide horseback riders along a new route.

From now on, when you reach the Petit Cernois crossing, head right toward Château-des-Prés, then through Villard-sur-Brienne, Longchaumois, La Croix de Teppe, and finally Prémanon or Lajoux.

Lodging options in Le Petit Cernois:
– Les Frasses – 1.2 km (Château des Prés)
– La Pelaisse – 20.6 km (Longchaumois)
– Le Cassiton – 23.1 km (Longchaumois)
– La Grenotte – 32.4 km (Bief de la Chaille – Prémanon)

If you are using a topoguide, look for Leg N° 14 at Croix de Teppe/Combe Sambine  where you will get back on the trail (point 1, page 92).
If you’d like to visit Les Rousses or spend the night at La Grenotte, go toward Prémanon (north); if you’d like to proceed to the next leg, go toward Lamoura (south).

Leg 14: Le bief de la Chaille – Lajoux (pages 91 to 94)
– Point D:
 The Bief de la Chaille is a difficult section to cross (it is located near Prémanon, so you won’t have to cross it if you take the direction of Lamoura from La Croix de Teppe). The footbridge is going to be reinforced so that horses can walk on it, but it is not possible for now. Please be cautious.

– Points 2 & 3 of Leg 14, at the level of Combe Sambine:  
The section between Points 2 and 3 of Leg 14 has been diverted; it now goes down to the left, toward the road, then toward Le Boulu; it gets back on the route at Point 3 in the road book. Marking was changed accordingly in the summer of 2015, so it is easy to follow. Additional signposts will be installed at the beginning and end of the diversion.

2Marking

The route is marked with GTJ horseback riding pictographs which are placed all along the trail at intersections with other hiking trails. This pictograph comes in different forms:

  • Small stickers on the direction vectors of the signposts already installed in most sections of the trail (notably in its central section).
  • Markers (12 by 12 cm) at intersections where there are no signposts (i.e. mainly at the north and south ends of the trail). 

You can ride the trail in both directions, although it is preferable to go north-south.

CMJN de base

3Guides, maps and GPS

For better orientation on site and more details, you can also take the GTJ route on 1:25000 maps of the IGN’s Top 25 series bearing the following numbers: 3523 OT – 3524 OT – 3425 OT – 3325 OT – 3226 ET – 3327 OT – 3326 OT – 3327 ET – 3328 OT – 3330 OT – 3331 OT – 3231 OT – 3232 ET.

If you have a GPS, you can download the route free of charge from this link:

GPS : La GTJ Equestre

4Difficulty level

Some legs of the trail can be very hilly and some sections can get muddy after a storm or due to forestry work. Fog may settle in during any season, so make sure you are familiar with basic orientation techniques before setting off.

Needless to say that when you set off on a long-distance horseback ride, your horse should be in perfect condition, used to this activity, and acquainted with your riding level.

The descriptions of the legs found in the topoguide are provided for information purposes only, yet they do take into account the difficult sections you will encounter (altitude differences, fences, road crossing points, etc.). The duration of each leg is based on a riding speed of 4 to 6 km/hr, and does not include rest time.

We highly recommend that you become acquainted with the topoguide when preparing for your horseback ride.