Areuse Gorges in Autumn (Hike#40)
Route: Noiraigue - Champ-du-Moulin - Boudry
Time: 5.5 hours with lunch (3 hours 15 minutes std)
Distance 11 km
Ascent 109 m
Descent 347 m
Max. Altitude 736 m
Min. Altitude 456 m
Hiking Logistics:[masked] Zurich HB to Neuchatel P12-P[masked] Neuchatel to Noirague[masked] Hiking and lunch[masked] Boudry-Neuchatel P3-P[masked] Neuchatel-Zurich HB P5-P34
Meet in front of Platform 12 - confirm the platform on the day of the hike.
Families are welcome to join this hike.
Of the many gorges found in the transition area between the Jura mountains and the Swiss middle land (Devil’s Gorge, Verena Gorge, Taubenloch Gorge, Twannbach Gorge, Gorges de l'Orbe), the Areuse Gorges near Boudry are some of the more imposing ones. Mighty cliff formations provide the backdrop for this hike.
The hike through the Areuse Gorges begins in Noiraigue in the Val de Travers and winds along the Areuse River past a number of cascades (Saut de Brot, Chute de la Verrière), over several bridges through light-dappled woods and across a clearing at Champ-du-Moulin.
Along the trail are two particularly impressive sections of cliff walls with the river rushing through. The trail is well built with stairs, bridges and guard rails along the narrow walkway hewn out of the cliff walls. Another must-see is the large cavern in an overhang on a short uphill path off the main trail shortly before reaching the second gorge.
What to bring/wear:
1) Food and water
2) Caps, shades, sunscreen
3) Layers of clothes for sun, rain or cold
4) Good hiking shoes - warning: the path may be slippery
I don't repeat hikes and I have not done this hike before.