Crêt de la Neige
|Crêt de la Neige|
|Elevation||1,720 m (5,640 ft) |
|Prominence||1,267 m (4,157 ft)|
|Isolation||41.3 kilometres (25.7 mi)|
|Location||Ain, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France|
|Parent range||Jura Mountains|
|Age of rock||Miocene|
|Easiest route||Hiking from the Tiocan lookout|
It is in the Jura Mountains Regional Natural Park (French: Parc naturel régional du Haut-Jura).
It is found in the Haute Chaîne, the most eastern and highest chain of the French Jura mountains; it is in the Pays de Gex (the Arrondissement of Gex, Ain department), about 17 km (11 mi) to the northwest of the city of Geneva.
From the summit (or near the summit because it is covered with shrubs and trees), it is possible to see Geneva and the Pays de Gex and there is a 360° view over the Lake Geneva, the Valserine valley, La Dôle (a peak of the Jura mountains that is in Switzerland) and the Alps. On a clear day, it is possible to see the Vosges mountains and the Black Forest.
In the past, the official elevation given for the Crêt de la Neige was 1,717.6 m (5,635 ft), and so it appears in old maps, only 20 cm (8 in) higher than the near peak of Reculet 1,717.4 m (5,635 ft). But recent studies made by the Institut géographique national (IGN) in Villeurbanne found that the true altitude of the Crêt de la Neige is 1,720 m (5,643 ft) above sea level.
Looking towards Lélex from just below Crêt de la Neige summit (1717.6m)
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