From Cabana Curmatura hut (1470 m) (intersection with Trails 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21) go west on the road alongside Trails 17 and 18, Trail 10 leaves to the right and then to the left and after 600 meters Trail 17 leaves to the right. Walk down (together with Trail 18) on the road for articulated forest tractors (TAF). Valea Stanei valley remains to the left. Walk down to Viocracu stream, cross a wooden bridge (1270 m) and come across an unmarked trail on Valea Ciocracu valley. The TAF road descends into Ciocracu valley (675 meters), turns to the right and after 140 meters it reaches the forest road from Valea Cheii valley. From here, walk up the valley for 720 meters, among closely interposed rocky walls and then through the forest on the contour line until you reach the marked trail in Brusturet valley. From the wooden bridge, walk up (west) along the marked trail to Piscul Ciocracului peak (up to 1318 m) and then descend 230 meters (30% slope to Brusturet valley). Cross Brusturet stream and reach the nursery in Valea Cheii valley (intersection with the unmarked trail described above). Walk upstream along the nursery fence for 110 meters and when you see a table on the right, leave Trail 18 which continues ahead on Valea Martoiului valley. Turn sharp left and climb through the deciduous forest for 500 meters up to 1280 meters, in the saddle between Martoiu Mountain and Muchia Vladusca ridge (35 meters altitude difference). Then, walk down the slope (80 meters altitude difference, 20% slope) to Valea Vladusca valley (intersection with Trail 12). Go downstream 50 meters on the forest road and turn right uphill on a stream for 170 meters (15% slope). Turn right and climb through the forest 280 meters (17% slope) until you reach an old deforested area. Climb along the corridor through the bushes (few markings) for about 600 meters until you enter the forest. After climbing 250 meters more, turn left along the forest and go up 340 meters below Varful Priporului peak and then descend to Saua Priporului saddle (1432 m). From here, there is a panoramic view of Rucar-Bran corridor and Leaota mountain slopes. Turn right and descend on Padina Priporului for 500 meters (135 m altitude difference, 27% slope). Markings are rare and the trail is visible on the left side of the valley! The footpath enters the forest to the left towards Pajistile de la Poduri meadows, above the village of Pestera. From the forest line, turn right at the entrance to the first meadow and walk above Casa Folea guesthouse (intersection with Trails 12 and 23).