From the first switchback of the Transfagarasan high alpine road, climb to the southwest to Plesicioara Saddle. From here, continue towards the north-norteast to Mierea Peak, in a large meadow with a sheepfold. Descend and go down the short switchbacks through the forest until you get to Doamnei Valley. This is the intersection with the red cross trail that descends from Balea Saddle on Doameni Valley and goes to Balea Cascada Hut. From here, you can continue climbing to Balea Lake or you can descend to Balea Cascada Hut.