Touristik Label - 109MN01: Cabana Izv. Muntelui - Piatra cu Apă - Cabana Dochia

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Trail Details

Difficulty
medium
Distance
5,55km
Duration
2:30-4:00h
Ascent
1070m
Descent
120m
Peak
1760m

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Directions

Izvorul Muntelui Hut can be reached from the intersection with DN 15 national road (Piatra Neamt - Bicaz - Poiana Largului - Toplita) after 8 kilometres on DJ 155F county road (Izvorul Muntelui - Durau). The road is passable throughout the year. The trail starts from a small meadow near Izvorul Muntelui Hut and immediately enters the forest on the left bank of Izvorul Muntelui brook. It crosses DJ 155F county road that goes towards Durau and after approx. 15-20 minutes, it reaches Curmatura Lutu Rosu Saddle in the place called La Arsuri. There is a table with two metal benches here, a good place to make a little stop. So far, the route is similar to that of Trail 2 (blue triangle) that goes to Dochia Cliff –Jgheabul cu Hotaru – Dochia Hut. From here, the path turns 90° to the left and starts to climb along Rachitis Ridge, first through beech forest mixed with conifers, and then spruce. After a steep slope, half-way point on the trail, next to a stand of larch trees, there is a view of the majestic pyramid of Toaca Peak (1,904 m) to your right, flanked by Panaghia Cliff. The climb subsides and the left part of the path follows the boundary of the scientific reserve of Polita cu Crini, on the steep slopes where Izvorul Muntelui brook springs. It is called "Polita cu Crini (Lily Ledge)" due to the compact larch groves (Larix decidua - the only conifer that loses its leaves in autumn). This is a highly protected zone and tourists are not allowed into the scientific reserve of "Polita cu Crini" without approval from the national park administration. After approx. 4 km from the start, make a short break in front of a massive limestone cliff, called Piatra cu Apa (the Water Stone). To get to this cliff, leave the path to the right for about 20-30 meters. The name of the cliff comes from a cave that is about 10 meters deep and about 6 meters high, with a crack in the ceiling that makes way to rain water or water that comes from melting snow. From the small meadow on the saddle next to the cliff, you can see Ocolasul Mare Peak and plateau, Dochia Hut and the group of rocks called Detunatele. After about 15 minutes, get below Detunatele, where there are huge conglomerate blocks that collapsed from the two rock towers bordering the horizon towards the footpath. After a few steep switchbacks, get in front of two rock pinnacles detached from the conglomerate wall. The two rocks and the massive wall that stands in front of them are called "The Fortress and the Monks". The last switchbacks of the trail take you through clumps of dwarf mountain pines that descended to the spruce forest. Once you get out of the forest, the horizon opens up and the path turns left towards Dochia Hut (1,760 m), which you reach in a few minutes. Trail no. 1 is also a thematic route, part of a Life Natura program.

Stages

Cabana Izvorul Muntelui - Curmătura Lutu Roșu - Piatra cu Apă - Detunatele - Cabana Dochia

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