Red course – 19 km; +840 m elevation
Start: Stâna de Vale – Mountain Rescue Service
Finish: Stâna de Vale – Mountain Rescue Service
Landmarks: Poieni Col, Ciripa Lodge, Wonder Spring
Distance: 19 km
Cumulative elevation gain: + 840 m
Estimated time: 2h30min – 4h
Marks: runner colored in red
Difficulty: intermediate, advanced level
Recommendations: running shoes, adequate clothes for weather conditions, water
GPS track: http://tiny.cc/0jvxsz
The course sets out in front of the Mountain Rescue Service’s hut, in the direction of the Izvorul Minunilor (Wonder Spring). Here the course turns right and following the tourist route marked with a red-line, it climbs up to Șaua Poieni (Poieni Col). We follow the marks and bypass the peak on the right, after which, in the next col, we turn left and leaving the tourist marks we start our descent next to a sheepfold, in the direction of Vârful Ursu (Ursu Peak). At the end of the descent we cross the stream and reach the Ciripa shelter.
From here, at the stone bridge, we continue our way in parallel with the stream, on the left bank and we follow the tourist road marked with a yellow-line on a steep slope to the col. Reaching the col, following the direction of arrival, bypassing the sheepfolds on the left, we start our descent to the Izvorul Minunilor (Wonder Spring) from where we only have 1 km to the starting point.