From the center of the village of Rodna, turn left to the road going to Valea Vinului. In just a few tens of meters, a signpost indicates the starting point of the blue dot trail. Turn right on Ineu alley, past households, starting a steeper climb after the last houses. Trail markers are quite rare and take you through the fir trees, coming across three wagon roads. Continue north and turn right on the only road to the pasture. Once in the pasture, climb east and when you get face to face with Varful Lazului peak (1001 m) move on the eastern slope. The new road (from the last two years) replaced the former path. The trail still remains picturesque, running through hamlets and hayfields that make you think of the Apuseni Mountains. The blue dot does not appear very often, but orientation should not be difficult. After about 1 hour 45 minutes, walk past a spring and within minutes the road leads to a saddle, very close to a sheepfold. Walk around the next peak, Varful Capu Benesului (1587 m), on the western slope, and continue along the contour line. Trail markers are rare and there are several intersections with other roads. You know that you are on the right way when you walk past a spring after a few hundred meters. You get to another saddle when you come out of the forest. Now, the dirt road disappears and Varful Capu Benesului peak remains to the right. Move on the eastern slope of the mountain. Walk back into the forest and follow the road for 15 minutes. Walk past a shelter that belongs to a sheepfold and slightly turn left and get on the ridge. There are several roads to the right (north-east), but you continue along the ridge and in 20 minutes come across the red triangle trail (Trail 23) that climbs from Izvorul Bailor (Valea Vinului). From this intersection, where there is also a signpost, it takes 5 minutes to reach Refugiul Curatel mountain hut. From Saua Curatel saddle, walk along the contour line and in 2-3 minutes reach another spring (to the north-west). From Refugiul Curatel mountain hut, in the saddle with the same name, climb for about 2 hours to Saua cu Lac saddle. Therefore, the mountain hut stays behind and you continue steeply on the grassy meadow and not on the road that goes to the right. The blue dot trail markers are rare on this part, but then they become more frequent along the marked path. Walk on the eastern slope for half an hour. Get to a saddle in a rocky area, with a beautiful lookout point, and continue on the western side of Muntele Curatel mountain. Continue climbing on the contour line for 1 h and 15 min / 1 h and a half, to Saua cu Lac saddle, where there is a signpost indicating that you have reached the main ridge.
|6 - 6.5 h|
|6 - 6.5 h|