The blue stripe trail starts from Borsa Tourist Complex, from the chairlift, near Hotel Cerbul. There is no signpost marking the beginning of the trail. Simply start climbing the ski slope on Culmea Runcu-Stiol ridge. From 852 m, climb to an altitude of ~ 1500 m at the end of the cable car. Immediately after the ski lift station, there is a place where you can buy hot drinks in winter / cold drinks in summer. The mountain rescue building is on the right side. So far, there has been no trail marker along the way. Close to the mountain rescue building, there are some signposts indicating trails towards Cascada Cailor waterfall and Lacul Stiol lake. Proceed towards Lacul Stiol lake leaving the building mentioned above behind. In a few tens of meters, leave the grassy area between the two slopes and turn right. The road descends through the forest to the waterfall. Suddenly veer left from the road onto a narrower road. If you look carefully, you can distinguish some old blue stripe trail markers on some trees. Smoothly ascend on the dirt road and a nice grassy road takes you above the forest. From time to time, you will be tempted to have a break and taste the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries alongside the road. The last part of the grassy road takes you to Poiana Stiol meadow. To the right you can see the trail that ascends from Cascada Cailor waterfall and a bit higher, come across the road that goes to the sheepfold in Caldarea Cailor corrie. Keep walking south and follow the road up to Gargalau corrie. From time to time you can see trail markers, but it’s good to know that the rocky trail leaves the road that goes towards the sheepfold in the area. The clear path leads you higher through dwarf pines (wide and well maintained path), coming across the waters of a creek several times. If you want, you can leave the marked trail for a few minutes to reach the bank of Lacul Izvorul Bistritei spring. Walk past the dwarf pines and climb west on the contour line, with Varful Gargalau peak to the left back and Saua Gargalau saddle to your left. Attention, there is an unmarked path that separates from the marked path, climbing directly to Saua Gargalau Saddle. The path that you have to follow goes west and, as soon as you reach the ridge, make a sudden turn to the left, and after about five minutes reach Saua Gargalau saddle. In the saddle, there is a wooden pole and some barely distinguishable arrows indicating the intersection with the red stripe trail (Trail 1) and the blue cross trail (Trail 20) that goes to Valea Anies valley (south-west).
|4 - 4.5 h|
|4 - 4.5 h|