Touristik Label - 401MN24: Şimon - Culmea Bălăban - sub Şaua Poliţe

Trail 24 (blue cross) is a trail of medium difficulty, which climbs on Balaban Ridge, with only one steeper climb when crossing Muchia Izvoarelor edge, with views of the steep slopes of Bucsoiu, Scara and Gaura. It makes the connection with trail 23, which climbs further on Gaura Valley to Omu.
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Trail Details

Difficulty
medium/hard
Distance
6,59km
Duration
3:00-3:45h
Ascent
820m
Descent
130m
Peak
1628m

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Directions

There is a small church about 500 meters from the entrance from Bran into Simon, where you turn left on the alley and walk up to Balaban Hill, at the homonymous house (about 1000 m). Continue to Bran Hermitage and then follow the road steeply up through the forest, to an elevation of 1,600 m, below Polite Saddle.

Stages

Şimon - Culmea Bălăban - Schitul Bran - sub Şaua Poliţe

Description

Considered by some as the Heaven’s Gate of Brasov, taking you to Omu, the village of Simon is located six kilometers away from Bran Castle, which steals from its notoriety, being overshadowed by the popularity of Bran and Moieciu de Sus. However, if you get here, you will notice the preservation and promotion of folk traditions in the area and you will be fascinated by the wonderful mountain scenery that opens in front of you.

Several hiking trails start from Simon Valley, and the current one to Polite Saddle is very popular among photographers. It makes it easy to forget about everyday problems, the noise of the city, and get carried away by the peace of the area. Everything is timeless when you look behind at Piatra Craiului ridge, or Rece Valley and Poarta village.

The trail climbs on Balaban Ridge, which also appears on maps as Balaban Street, past Bran hermitage and further to the 1,600 elevation, in a steep climb through the forest to the intersection with trail 23, below Polite Saddle.

Observations

Trail markers are scarce.

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Şimon - Culmea Bălăban - sub Şaua Poliţe in Bucegi-Leaota, Braşov is a medium/hard hiking trail.
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