Mountain Trail Running: Ciucaș X3 Race The Ridge 38.8 km

Mountain Trail Running • The Ridge 38.8 km
Saturday, 7 Sept 2024, 10:00 AM


  • Total distance: 38.8 km
  • Total ascent / descent: 2390 m
  • Maximum altitude: 1942 m
  • Average altitude: 1364 m
  • Minimum altitude: 878 m
  • Longest ascent: 1020 m
  • Longest descent: 820 m

  • Time limit Finish: 10H
  • Time limit Ciucaș Chalet: 4H
  • Time limit Bratocea Pass: 7H
  • Posts: Checkpoint (8), Water (4), Revitalization (3)
  • Attention! Intermediary time limits can suffer changes depending on the weather conditions and route status. If any, changes will be communicated before the start!


  • Cheia, Prahova (RO)


  • Saturday, 7 Sept 2024, 10:00 AM


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The Ridge 32 Euro 38 Euro 42 Euro

  • GPS tracks are informative and do not replace the guidance on terrain. Both watches and other GPS devices may show errors caused by antenna sensitivity, sky coverage, radio interference etc.


Post * Location Type Alt. [m] Dist. from the Start [km] Dist. to the Finish [km]
Start Cheia Start 883 m 0 km 38 km
P1 Buzăianu Ridge 1156 m 3.7 km 34.3 km
P2 Zăganu sheepfold 5 km 33 km
P3 La Răscruce 1804 m 9 km 29 km
P4 Ciucaș Chalet 1613 m 12.6 km 25.4 km
P5 Ciucaș Peak 1954 m 14.3 km 23.7 km
P6 Bratocea Pass 1263 m 21.1 km 16.9 km
P7 Muntele Babeș 1490 m 24.7 km 13.3 km
P8 Neagră Valley 29.6 km 8.4 km
Finish Cheia Finish 883 m 38 km 0 km
  • Posts: - Checkpoint | - Water | - Revitalization | - Direction
    The exact location and numbers of checkpoints and aid stations can change, depending on the weather and/or access possibilities when marking the course. Any changes will be communicated at the technical meeting prior to the start of the race.


  • The trail follows the blue marking leading to Stânii Valley, through the Buzăianu ridge.
  • From the Buzăianu ridge, we climb steadily through the forest to Zăganu sheepfold (refreshment point).
  • The trail continues uphill on the right side of the valley, then reaches a saddle and continues on a ridge below the cliffs of Hunter's Corner, then out onto the ridge. Once on the ridge, we pass a rocky area equipped with ropes, where we also meet members of the mountain rescue team.
  • Then we climb one last slope to Gropșoarele Peak (1883 m). From the summit, we descend to La Răscruce saddle. We follow the ridge to Gropșoarele saddle and descend through the forest to Chirușca saddle, following the red cross marking.
  • From here it takes us 10 minutes to reach the Ciucaș Chalet - refreshment/ feeding point. Next, we follow the red marking to the Ciucaș Peak, the highest point of the trail, 1954 m. From the summit, we descend to Tigăilor saddle and continue on the Bratocea ridge to the Bratocea pass (refreshment/feeding point).
  • From the Bratocea Pass (1263m), the route continues through the forest for about 5 km following the red band, to the exit in the alpine hollow. Here we can find another checkpoint/ direction post that guides us through a steady climb up to Mount Babes (alt. 1490). We go South to the end of the ridge, then descend until the path marked with a red cross.
  • Then we go downhill through the forest for about 4 km following the same marking, until we reach the Black Valley (930m) where we can find the last feeding point. From this point, after gathering the last of our strength, we turn left onto a forest road with no tourist trail marking. After about 2 km, at an abandoned refuge, we cross the water to the right and climb about 1 km till we reach the altitude of 1135 m. Here we cross the yellow marking trail. We turn left and go downhill for about 4 km until we see the first houses in Cheia.
  • The forest road turns left and after about 2 km we pass by Zăganu Hotel, then continue for another 500 m until we see a bridge that crosses the Cheia river. After that, we climb steadily but briefly until we reach a path that leads us to the forest road that connects the end of the Cheia resort to DN-1A. From here, we go downhill until the asphalt road, then we continue to the right on the concrete road that goes around Cheia to the Start/ Finish point.
Mountain Running Route Map The Ridge 38.7 km Ciucaș X3
Mountain Trail Running Race The Ridge 38.8 km Ciucaș X3
Mountain Trail Running Race The Ridge 38.8 km Ciucaș X3

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