The blue stripe trail starts on the second street on the right, after the city hospital, towards Borsa – Borsa Tourist Complex. The road follows P. Pietroasa to the bifurcation towards the hermitage in the area. Here, turn to the right and start climbing Piciorul Mosului hill. The forest road first takes you through beautiful meadows with panoramic views of both the town of Borsa and the highest peak in the Eastern Carpathians (varful Pietrosu Peak). Slowly but surely, come closer to the forest and the road becomes increasingly steep and rough. Occasionally, it turns into a path (shortcut-unmarked) which cuts switchbacks. After almost 2h30 increasingly reach the end of the dirt road. There are several buildings belonging to the weather station in the first portion of Iezerului corrie. The marked path leads you among them, further through dwarf pines and then enters the path that gently climbs towards Lacul Iezer lake. Behind the lake, the corrie is bordered by steep walls and the steep path takes you on switchbacks up to the ridge. Iezer Lake, with its shape closely resembling the map of Romania, is clearer and clearer with each switchback that you climb. The last one takes you on the ridge, just a stone’s throw from Varful Pietrosul peak. The ascent becomes more gentle and after 10-15 minutes you reach the 2303 m of the highest peak in Rodna Mountains (4 – 4 1/2 hours from the starting point). On the last part towards the top, there is an area with cables which is not meant to indicate a difficult route but to separate the ridge from the surrounding steep slopes. The former building of the weather station is on the top. It can be used as a shelter in case of bad weather. Go down the same way, back to the saddle and continue towards Varful Buhaescu Mare peak through Curmatura Pietrosul saddle. Before starting the climb to the top, you can see Taurile Buhaescului lakes to the east. The path marked with a blue stripe runs below Buhaescu Mare, on the west side. You are going to climb Buhaescu Mic and Rebra peaks. On Varful Rebra peak, you come across the red stripe trail (Trail 1), the main ridge trail, but you descend to Tarnita la Cruce.
|7 - 8 h|
|7 - 8 h|