Touristik Label - 316MN03: Pasul Mestecăniș - vf. Giumalău - Curmătura Prislop - Vf. Tarniţei - spre Munţii Stânișoarei

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Trail Details

Difficulty
medium
Distance
58,05km
Duration
20:00-25:00h
Ascent
3052m
Descent
2930m

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From Mestecanis Pass follow the road cut into the mountainside. Walk past some relays, between enclosed pastures and through a short patch of forest, enjoying the beautiful view of the Suhard Mountains. Cross a secondary ridge (where there is a cross) and a 100 m road splits to the left (east) and leads to St. Pantelimon Monastery, built of wood. Then, after about 1 km another deviation to the left leads you to Mestecanis Hermitage. There is a sheepfold and several animal shelters ahead. At a crossroads, where a secondary ridge comes from the right (SW), turn left and slowly descend through the forest. You will be walking on an interfluve for a long while from now on, the new red stripe marking and the blue stripe marking being joined by the old red triangle marking and the timber marks (H). The long walk through the forest with scattered fallen trees is excellent for MTB as there are not big differences in elevation. Meet trails 1 (blue stripe) and 2 (red cross) that come from Vatra Dornei. Cross a portion of a young forest, then a thicker forest, and get out into a grassy meadow that takes you closer to Giumalau Peak. Get to the intersection with trail 4 (yellow stripe) and join it for about 500 m, then climb a steep road through blueberry bushes. Near the peak, leave this road to the left and with a final effort reach the top where a large cross is installed. After enjoying the view, descend through small bushes and dwarf pines, then get back into the forest. The winter route is marked with orange and splits from the NS ridge (trail 6, blue dot) from a point a bot more than 500 m to the north and reunites with the summer route about 75 m before re-entering the forest. Soon get to the intersection with trail 7 (red cross) that goes around Giumalau Peak. Continue on the interfluve with some exceptions when the trail goes around small peaks (left, NW). Here, the path is wide, easy to walk and crosses a shady forest. After crossing a secondary ridge to the left (N), the forest becomes smaller and the path turns into a road, probably one of the roads that was used for wood transportation. Have a break in Colbului Saddle, where you reach trail 9 (yellow cross) and the asphalt road (175B county road, Transrarau). From Colbului Saddle the marking follows 175B asphalt road (Transrarau) with two shortcuts, the first smaller and the second bigger. Join trail 14 (blue stripe). Have a break at a large car park with kiosks and a wooden platform with a view. From here the Lady‘s Rocks can be seen from the classical angle. After splitting off the narrow DJ 175A county road that goes down to Chiril, continue the road to Rarau Hotel. Walk past a camp site, at the intersection with the road that comes along Izvorul Alb (trail 17, red dot). There are many tourists in this area, especially during the weekend. Before you reach Rarau Hotel you can use a small shortcut that cuts the last bend in the road. Here, an unmarked but very clear footpath splits from the road, being intensively used by tourists to get to a viewpoint on the Hawk’s Rock (a deviation of about 250 m). The intersection is marked with an signpost. From Rarau Hotel, the red stripe marking heads east to the left (North) of the Lady’s Rocks, along with trails 12 (yellow triangle), 18 (yellow cross), 19 (red cross), 24 (red triangle) that will gradually split from this trail. Walk on a road that first climbs - there are several shortcuts to avoid the bends - then continues on the contour line, being cut into the mountainside. Walk past the former pastoral cottage (now rebuilt), past the weather station and around Rarau Peak (right, south). The first trail that splits is trail 12 (yellow triangle), which descends to the south along the power poles, then from Ciobanilor Saddle trails 18 (yellow cross) and 19 (red cross) split as well. Continue on the road below Popii Raraului scenic cliffs. Walk through a small patch of forest, and after trail 24 (red triangle) splits towards Slatioara, the red stripe markers are scarce and slightly visible. Slowly descend to some sheepfolds and continue on the interfluve along the fence of spruce trees planted on the border between Slatioara and Chiril. Enter the forest and the path descends gently on the slope, around a peak, and then it begins a steeper descent. Shortly get to a road that comes from the left (NE), and the red stripe markers are again clear and plentiful. After just about 300 m leave the road to the right on a path that goes up around a small peak (right, West). Then in a small saddle get to another road, which goes around the next peak (left, East) to get into Prislop Saddle (Chiril). From Prislop Saddle (Chiril), the road marked with red stripe follows the main ridge through the forest. You also get to patches of young forest (where the forest was cut off). In one of them you must be careful not to go on the secondary ridge leading to Magura Peak, but change direction to the right (SW). The road turns into a path and follows the ridge, the red stripe marking being joined by timber markers (letter H). Come across a road that seems to go around the next peak (left), but the marking follows the ridge, even if the path is not very clear. Walk past the wooded peak, then climb another one (Vacaria Peak) at the edge of the forest. Get out into the pasture where, in the absence of signposts, markers are harder to find, especially in case of fog. Continue on the ridge and walk past another peak, then the marking runs along the edge of the forest (which remains to the right). Just 60 m below, to the left (E), there is a spring. Have a break in a saddle where you can see the small Bolotau lake to the west. From here, the path continues to the south, but it does not immediately enter the forest as expected, it continues for about 400 m along the edge of the forest (this time the forest is on the left). There is a longer stretch with multiple forest roads, which the marking uses alternatively. Get to the intersection with the red triangle marking that comes from Satu Mare (trail 26). At one point, the road leaves you and the marking follows a not very clear path that veers to the right between spruce trees and around a peak. The path returns to the main ridge after approximately 400 m and continues along the ridge, which has become narrower. Walk past Piciorul Barsanului Peak and descend into a saddle and reach the area with cliffs. Walk around the first two on the left, the next two on the right, then reach some others where the path makes its way between them. Cross a more difficult section that requires attention, then climb to a viewpoint where a metal cross is installed. Shortly the cliffs end and the path climbs up the wooded Batca Oblancului Peak. The marking continues on the narrow ridge, almost entirely wooded, but after about 2 km you get to another group of rocks. Here the trail descends and goes around the rocks, at their base, on the right (W), for 500 m. If you want, before you can start the detour, you can get a little off the track to climb the first cliffs and enjoy the view of the surroundings. Continue in the same direction and descend to a sheepfold where you take the road to the right (W) for only 400 m, then turn left, leave the forest and get into the pasture. The marker on a wooden shelter tells you to turn left again (around Clefile Peak). At a shelter with a large red stripe marker on the wall there is a road that comes from Crucea. Follow this road somewhat on the contour line, walk past a spring and have a break in a saddle where you can see more summer houses to the NE. Here, leave the road and change direction to the right, past a fence, enter the forest and start climbing. The path follows the interfluve and after crossing a wooded peak it reaches another cliff and goes around it on the right (W), but a path marked with a double red dot invites you to climb to a viewpoint. The same marking is also present on the other side of the cliff. Go down to a saddle where there is a small nursery. From here walk around the next peak (Alunisul) on the right (W). Walk through a patch of forest, a pasture, then again forest. Return to the ridge at a high voltage pole and continue along the ridge, but for a short while, because soon the marking goes around two peaks, on the left (NE), to finally reach Puzdra Pass, marked with a trinity, where there is also a deserted forest lodge. From here you follow a good road, cut into the mountainside, which goes around a peak (on the right) and stops at St. Stephen Hermitage. The road continues through meadows and forest clusters, but it is no longer that good. When the road ends, the marking veers to the left through the forest and soon gets to another road. Walk around Grebin Peak. Get out of the forest, walk past several summer huts, then continue on the edge of the forest. Get back into the forest with small clearings. The marking is good and continues in Stanisoara Mountains, recently restored up to Talienilor Cross.

Stages

Pasul Mestecăniș - Piciorul Lat - Mănăstirea Sf. Pantelimon -Schitul Mestecăniș - Poiana Ciungi - vf. Giumalău - Șaua Fundul Colbului - DJ175B Transrarău - Hotelul Rarău - Șaua Ciobanilor -  Muntele Todirescu - Curmătura Prislop (Chiril) - Creasta Iepei - Vf. Văcăria - lângă Vf.Căpăţânii - Vf. Piciorul Bârsanului - Vf. Bâtca Oblâncului - Vf. Tarniţei - lângă Vf. Clefile - lângă Vf. Alunişul - Pasul Puzdra - Schitul Sf. Ștefan - lângă Vf. Grebin - La Morminte - spre Munţii Stânișoarei

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Observations

There are some old, scarce and slightly visible blue stripe and red triangle markers. On the descent to the east from Giumalau Peak there is a winter trail marked with orange. The trail can be dangerous in winter or wet weather, especially in rocky areas.

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Pasul Mestecăniș - vf. Giumalău - Curmătura Prislop - Vf. Tarniţei - spre Munţii Stânișoarei in Suceava, Giumalău-Rarău is a medium hiking trail.
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