Hiking to Peșteana Marsh (Bottomless Lake)
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One of the signposts on the routePhoto: Sînziana Mihalache, CC BY-SA, Outdooractive Editors
The trail leading from the Peșteana village to the homonymous marsh is an easy path that climbs through a deciduous forest and reaches a wide plateau. From here, you have one of the most beautiful panoramic views over the crest of the Retezat Mountains.
The nature trail set up by the team at the Țara Hațegului Geopark includes several information panels and hiking signs. The boards educate briefly on the area's relief, the species of butterflies swarming around, and the highlight of this trail - the round-leaved sundew which is found in the marsh.
On the trail, you can see sheep tracks, a sign that the shepherds were grazing their flocks on the plateau near the marsh.
On the hill, at the end of the trail, there are two gazebos where you can climb. There are benches for resting and panels describing the mountains in the distance.
The probability of seeing the spectacle of nature in winter is lower, so come visit outside of the cold season!
There is only one signpost in the village, but the starting point for the trail is across the road from the Reformed Church - you have to cross the water to see it!
- There are no water sources, and the trail is quite exposed - so take fluids.
- If flocks of sheep are indeed on the plateau, some trekking poles may be useful.
- After the rain, the fairst part of the climb might be more difficult.
Tips and hints
The suggested track is an approximate one, as there is no road marked on our map. But if you reach the correct entrance to the trail, the path is visible.
On DN68 from Hațeg - about 14km, then on DC90. The reformed church is easily seen on the right, just before the village centre.
You can park at the end of the road leading from the bridge (about 300 metres) or next to the bridge. If you go by bike, leave it, secured where the path starts to ascend.
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Suitable footwear - although it's not a hard trail, it goes through a sandy area, then through quite abundant vegetation. Additional: sunscreen, water, trekking poles.
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