Vertical cross country running route

A short, yet steep, cross country running route (called a 'Vertical Kilometre') going to the top of the Signal de l'Homme summit.

About : Vertical cross country running route

This steep running route (1455 metres of uphill climb over 7.4 kilometres distance) will help improve your capacity to cover distances over steep terrain, all whilst admiring the magnificent view !
It all begins with an ascension via the so called "chimney", which, up until 1895, was the only way to get to Auris. When you make it to the village La Balme it's then straight up to the Signal de l'Homme summit (at 2176 metres high). You will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the Ecrins mountain range and the Meije.

En bref

J+ : 1455 m

7.4 km

Level red – hard

Map and GPX marking

Vertical cross country running route

Getting There


From 01/05 to 31/10.

Subject to favorable snow and weather conditions.

Subject to favorable weather


Free of charge

Free access.