Espace Trail 3000 Montgenèvre

Unique in France! The Espace Trail 3000 de Montgenèvre includes 12 routes, i.e. more than 200 km of marked and secure trails, including two winter routes.

The Espace Trail 3000, in the heart of the Montgenèvre resort area, is 12 Trail courses, from beginners to experts but also for hikers with more than 200 km of marked trails to explore and explore rich natural environments with a theme oriented towardsheritage military history as well as the geological environment.

Departures and arrivals are at the Espace Prarial, in the center of the Montgenèvre resort. You can find a Hors-Sac room, lockers and toilets, near the shops for more comfort after your outings.

The resort now offers a complete Trail product, responding to all practices, with a double winter and summer event, and a site dedicated to lovers of the great outdoors, whether through sporting practice and surpassing oneself or to destination for hikers who can also find something to escape on the marked trails.

These 12 permanent courses numbered from 1 to 12 and of different levels of difficulty (green, blue, red and black) cross over nearly 200 km an invaluable varied natural heritage, mineral or wooded, internationally recognized geological remains and historical military heritage.

All these routes have been validated and traced during tests such as the Trail du Chenaillet. The objective is twofold: to provide these spaces to families and athletes, whether they are beginners or experienced, and to bring cyclists, hikers and runners together in the heart of a real outdoor sports area.

The Espace Trail 3000 de Montgenèvre joins at the Col des Acles, the Trail area of ​​our Italian friends from Bardonecchia to create a huge Franco-Italian playground for trail runners and walkers. find the markings on the map and on the ground.

Adopt the right attitude!

Follow the ETM markings, the number corresponds to the different routes from 1 to 12. On the common parts, several numbers can be on the same pictogram, the color of the number corresponds to the difficulty of the route. A marking with a varnish corresponding to the color of the line will be carried out on certain sectors.
Do not cut the trails, do not throw away your packaging, avoid noise pollution, especially if you want to observe wildlife.
Know how to share your playground with mountain bikes, hikers and finally other users of the Espace Trail 3000 and above all do not run through herds of animals.

DISCOVER the trails and routes with GPX tracks

1 - The Sestriere wood health trail | 6 km and 125 m + - estimated time 45 'to 1h30
From the Espace Prarial, go on the French side towards the tree climbing and cross a magnificent larch forest for 3 km (almost flat, see flat descending) to reach the belvedere and a breathtaking view of the upper valley of the Durance and the forts Briançonnais. The return will take a small path (the health trail) still in the woods.
Ideal course for resuming Running, in the morning as in the afternoon because it is very shaded.
Snow Trail run in winter in the Winter Multi-Activity Zone and used by the Sky Race Solidaire in summer.

2 - Le Tour du Bois | 9 km and 320 m + - estimated time 1h00 to 2h00
From Espace Prarial, set off on the French side towards tree climbing. After about 1.5 km, turn right and descend to a place called “Pierre Verte”. Take a wide forest track to the right. The ascent to the belvedere will always be on a track in a wood of spruces and silver firs, very rare in our region. After a breathtaking view of the upper valley of the Durance and Briançon, you can return by the sports route of route 1.
Ideal course for discovering the Trail.
Snow Trail run in winter depending on snow conditions.

3 - The tour of the forts discovery of the forts of Janus and Gondrans | 17.5 km and 790 m + - estimated time 2h30 to 4h30
From the Espace Prarial, leave on the French side towards the tree climbing branch. 200 m later, take the Janus track for about 2 km. You will then take a military path that will lead you to the Col du Janus, still uphill, sometimes very steep, to finally reach the Fort du Janus via a track with a magnificent panorama of the Ecrins. The return to the pass can be done by a small aerial path on a ridge line or by the outward track for the less reckless. From the pass, a beautiful and much more rolling route will take you through all the forts to reach the Col des Gondrans and finally the descent that will bring you back to the Janus track. You can return via the Durance valley and from the Bike Park the return will be via the outward track. The markup under the Janus will be reinforced with red varnish.

4 - Le Chenaillet geological discovery | 14.5 km and 910 m + - estimated time 2h45 to 5h00
Departure identical to route 3 to the bottom of the Observatory chairlift. Then the route will take the geological path along the sources of the Durance to the Col des Gondrans to climb the thematic trail of Chenaillet. The descent will take place through the green valley of the Dora at the limit of the Italian border to reach the resort. The markup here too will be reinforced with red varnish.

5 - The Vertical Kilometer of Chaberton | 3.5 km 1000 m + - A / R = 16 km and 1350 m + - estimated time 50 'at 2h00
Departure on the Italian side by the alley along the national road from the Tourist Office. You will go up the valley of Baisses under a forest of larches. The start of the vertical km will be near the Rocher Rouge chairlift after crossing the torrent. Specific markings for the start and finish as well as every 200 m +. Warning ! 5 km warm-up to reach the start. Very mineral climb of 3.5 km linear for 1000 m + on the Chaberton, nicknamed the battleship of the clouds. Breathtaking 360 ° view. The descent will take place via the ascent route. In total 16 km round trip, a real Sky Running circuit!

6 - The crests of Chalvet | 13 km and 850 m + - estimated time 1h40 to 3h30
Departure towards Italy identical to route 5 which we will follow for 3 km until the intersection of the bergeries des Baisses. This course takes up in full the Trail circuit of the Sky Race (short format of the event), it is a very varied course with beautiful crossings of alpine lawns. From the Lauze pass, very aerial and mineral passages on the crest but not dangerous. On a balcony overlooking the Clarée valley, this route will also give you a finger-on-the-spot view of the peaks of the Ecrins and the Durance valley. The descent is fast and technical in its first part, much more unwinding when entering the woods with the possibility of seeing deer. A powerful course! A real mountain sprint!

7 - The Chaberton Sky Race | 42 km et 3000 m+ – temps estimé 6h00 à 12h00 – Fermée temporairement
Pour les adeptes de sky running, ce tracé emprunte en totalité le parcours phare de l’épreuve des Sky Runners Séries de Montgenèvre. Comme pour la verticale du Chaberton, il faudra aller au sommet du Chaberton. C’est seulement au retour, au col du Chaberton, qu’il faudra partir à droite direction l’Italie jusqu’à l’intersection du col Désert. La montée au col se fera tout d’abord sur de belles pelouses (point d’eau à 20 minutes de l’intersection) avant de sortir au sommet par un versant minéral. Ensuite une belle traversée sur un plateau très sauvage (retour en France) vous conduira aux chalets des Acles (point d’eau aux chalets du haut) par une descente dans un torrent très technique. La remontée sur Montgenèvre se fera par le vallon de l’Opon avant de terminer sur les crêtes des Trois Fournéous et descendre en station. Ce sera vraiment le parcours le plus difficile et technique de l’Espace Trail 3000 et sans nulle doute la vitrine de cet espace. Une bonne condition physique, une tenue vestimentaire et une alimentation adaptées sont vivement conseillées pour ce type de parcours, ainsi qu’une prise de météo très précise. Ce parcours pourra se faire aussi en deux étapes avec un arrêt en gîte à Plampinet dans la vallée de la Clarée, en descendant depuis les Acles. La remontée pourra se faire par le parcours 8.

8 - The Val Sky Race | 32 km and 1600 m + - estimated time 4h00 to 8h00
Another course which will take again in full the brand new route of the Sky Race of Montgenèvre and will make you discover the lower valley of the Clarée and its hamlets. From Montgenèvre you will have to follow routes 1 and 2 to Pierre Verte by a wide track. From this point descend to the hamlet of Alberts (water point), a magnificent village in the town of Montgenèvre. A small path on the left bank of the Clarée will take you up to the Pont de la Draye (water point), from there you will be on the route of the Val Sky Race. After crossing the road, take a right bank track and then a path in the woods which will lead you to Plampinet (water point). From Plampinet, take the Squirrels trail to reach the Acles chalets (water point). It will then be the same route as route 7 to reach Montgenèvre. Less technical course than the 7 but still demanding due to its length.

9 - La Valdor | 20 km and 1400 m + time - estimated 3h30 to 6h00
The Valdor being the contraction of Val des Prés and Col de Dormillouse, for lovers of uneven, the route follows the route of course 8 to the Draye bridge. From there you will go right by the roadside for a hundred meters, then on a track and finally in a very mineral area by a very steep path in the direction of Dormillouse and Lauze (be careful the path of the pas de la Fanfare is prohibited), the trail will wind in a winding path through lawns through a larch forest before going out onto the pastures and the Dormillouse pass. There you will join routes 7 and 8 to reach Montgenèvre via the three Fournéous, i.e. more than 1300 m + over approximately 4 kilometers, for routes 8 and 9 a departure will also be possible from the Boulogne aux Alberts campsite or from the Pont de la Draye.

10 - Le Rocher Diseur | 7.5 km and 340 m + - estimated time 1h00 to 2h30
Go towards the church and go up to the top of the village by the road. Then turn left to reach the foot of the wood of Suffin, always keep left on a forest track. Take a small path to the right that winds up in a wood from there to join another path to the left which will lead you to a magnificent viewpoint over the Durance valley and the fortified town of Briançon. Take a beautiful balcony forest track behind you (be careful, you will cross paths 6, 7, 8 and 9) which will lead you to the chalet des Terrasses to descend to the resort via a steep track for 500 m and more smoothly thereafter. It is a course which, depending on the snow conditions, can also be taken in winter because it is a snowshoeing course frequented by the resort professionals.

11 - Le Tour du Chenaillet | 20 km and 850 m + - estimated time 3h00 to 6h30
Direction le petit village de Clavière, juste en dessous de Montgenèvre, prendre une piste large en bordure de golf sur environ 2 km dans une petite clairière au dessus du village, vous rentrez là en Italie. Prendre le sentier qui part sur votre droite, vous traversez des pistes de ski alpin pour rejoindre les chalets d’alpage de la Coche (fromagerie excellente). Suivre la piste à main droite qui vous conduira au village de Sagna Longua, après la traversée du village continuer la piste toujours à droite sur environ 3 km. Attention, en forêt intersection à droite (plusieurs intersectons, prendre la dernière qui est en faite le parcours n°7 remontant de Césana). A partir de là, suivre la direction 7 et 11 pour vous rendre au refuge Mautino (ouverture de mi-juin à mi-septembre, polenta excellente) prendre le sentier qui monte derrière le refuge assez raide au départ en direction du lac Saurel. Arrivé sur la piste, le lac Gignoux est en contre bas et retour en France par la cabane des douaniers après une belle traversée minérale sous le massif du Chenaillet avec en toile de fond le massif des Ecrins. A partie de là, la descente se fait en bordure des pistes de ski alpin de Montgenèvre pour une arrivée en douceur sur le d=front de neige après avoir longé sur 2 km les sources de la Durance, c’est certainement le parcours italien des itinéraires de l’ETM 3000.

12 - The Gorges of San Gervasio | 9 km et 350 m+ – temps estimé 1h30 à 4h00 – Fermée temporairement
Le départ est identique au parcours n°11. Direction le petit village de Clavière juste en dessous de Montgenèvre, prendre une piste large en bordure de Golf sur environ 2 km dans une petite clairière au dessus du village, vous rentrez là en Italie. Continuez à descendre en direction de Clavière par un sentier qui traverse les pistes de ski. Vous passez en bordure de la Doire, arrivée en deuxième télésiège prendre la piste qui part à main droite et suivre la piste qui vous conduira au retour du Pont Tibétain. Passage très spectaculaire sous le Pont Tibétain et descente par des escaliers en bétons dans les gorges. Belle cascade sur votre droite, vous descendez encore au plus profond de la gorge pour être en bordure du torrent, que vous traversez à deux reprises sur des passerelles bois. Après la deuxième passerelle, vous prendrez à main gauche un petit sentier très raide qui vous conduira au départ de l’entrée de pont Tibétain que vous laisserez sur votre gauche pour sortir ensuite sur un grand parking dans le village de Clavière. après avoir traversé en amont du télésiège du départ , vous remontez dans le village de Clavière que vous traversez par la rue centrale jusqu’au torrent de Rio Secco. Remontez le long du torrent rive Clavière et après avoir traversé par trois fois le torrent, vous remonterez par la piste du vallon des Baïsses pour revenir sur Montgenèvre.
Certainly the most spectacular and the most unexpected course of the ETM 3000. Be careful not to do it in the event of thunderstorms or heavy precipitation!

Good Advice and Equipment

You will evolve under your own responsibility in the mountains or even in the high mountains with the ascent for the more daring of Chaberton 3131 m. The Espace Trail 3000 is certainly one of the highest trail spaces in France.
Find out about the weather forecast before setting off on the ETM's red and black courses.
Your equipment must be adapted: lighter on the green and blue courses but with all the same a can of 50 cl maxi and a windbreaker.
It will be much more consistent on the red and black tracks where mountain equipment is required. In a small backpack suitable for running you will find energy gels, a water reserve of at least one liter (no water point or very little on high altitude courses) a waterproof jacket with hood, a survival blanket, a whistle, an IGN 3536R map which covers all the routes, some compeeds and thoughts, a telephone and a headlamp can be useful at the end of summer.