Trail Running - Gapencimes

Holiday Overview

A beautiful trail running event with 3 routes from 14km and 650m of ascent, 27km with 1500m of ascent and 55km with 3000m of ascent all taking in a beautiful mountain ridge with spectacular views from the Ecrins to Provence.

Blessed with spectacular mountain scenery with views from the Ecrins to Provence, an excellent weather record and varied running terrain, the Gapencimes trail is one of the best races in the Alps.

With three different routes available there is something for everyone. All the routes are well designed by runners and improved upon year after year. They all offer stunning views over the Alps and Provence and will take you on a magnificent journey through the unique mountains and valleys of this spectacular region.

The Edelweiss 55 km and 3000m of ascent - a tough but beautiful trail marrying Provence with the Alps including stunning ridge, forgotton villages and wild terrain - some technical sections. Please note there is a new course being planned for 2017. The course in the link is from previous years but you can expect more of the same and better!

The Cretes 27km and 1500m of ascent- an amazing run with good consistent climb, stunning ridge and rolling descent.

The Saint-Mens 14km and 650m of ascent - a great route accessible to runners and walkers who are debuting the world of trail running!

All the trails are way marked (no navigation requirements) and there are refreshment stops providing soft drinks and snacks such as dried fruit, biscuits and bananas.

Safety and security are well managed with first aid posts strategically positioned around the courses and a red cross tent at the arrival. So all you have to do is turn up and run!

There are no kit restrictions so you can wear whatever you like and you don't need to carry any of your own security or safety equipment. The ambiance is friendly and supportive with most participants in it to finish rather than win.

It really is a fantastic running experience! Have a read of Sally's blog article about the 25km Cretes race in 2011.

Have a look at our trail running kit list for advice on what to pack. You may also be interested in the UltraChampsaur Trail Running trip.



The weekend will be dictated by your race times. If there are people doing different races in your party we help you to organise yourselves so that the logistics work!!

The race times are as follows:

Saint - Mens Trail: 14km 540m+

Departs: 30 September at 15h30 from Parc Pépinière (Gap)

Cretes Trail: 27km 1500m+

Departs: 1 October from Charance at 9am. Shuttle Departure from Gap at 7h30

Edelweiss Trail 55km 3000m+

Departs: 1 October from Devoluy at 6h30. Shuttle departs from Gap at 5h


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The nearest train station is Gap. Gap is on the SNCF train service which has links from Paris (overnight sleeper), Valence, Grenoble or Marseille.

The nearest airports are Grenoble, Lyon and Marseille, both approximately 2.5hrs drive from us here in the Alps.

Please ask us about getting here when you enquire - we have become somewhat expert on accessing this beautiful hidden gem of the Alps and can help you plan your journey!!

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