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Taking the kids to the Retezat Mountain: Scorota gorges and sheepfold

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    Your hike to the Scorota sheepfold starts like this
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Climbing from the national road 66A towards the Scorota sheepfold is one of the most picturesque and accessible ways to get to know the wonders of the Retezat Mountains (for novices) or to revisit them, for experienced mountaineers. In addition, the route offers not only wonderful landscapes but also two karst formations: a cave and some gorges.

easy
Distance 6.8 km
2:30 h
406 m
415 m
1,527 m
1,121 m

The gradient of this route is comparable to climbing Mount Tâmpa from Brașov, a tourist experience familiar to many. So don't hesitate to take the children with you, especially if they are somewhat familiar with mountain hikes.

Along the way, you can stop at the Scorota cave, very close to the national road, then pass through the Scorota gorges. The intriguing narrowness of these gorges makes you stop at every step for pictures. 

An incredible coniferous forest takes you to the alpine plateau - to the glacier valley, actually. The roots of the fir trees ramifying in every direction and the moss-covered ground make you think of fantasy worlds.

At the sheepfold, you can find some food, possibly shelter. Of course, if you have a tent, you can spend the night near the huts.

From here, there's relatively easy access to the Buta mountain hut and further on, to the Piule peak. At least up to the sheepfold, you can hike the route in winter as well.

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Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: September 22, 2022
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1,527 m
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1,121 m
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Stâna Scorota

Start

DN 66A (1,130 m)
Coordinates:
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45.274584, 22.901171
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45°16'28.5"N 22°54'04.2"E
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34T 649123 5015212
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Scorota sheepfold

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Coordinates

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45.274584, 22.901171
DMS
45°16'28.5"N 22°54'04.2"E
UTM
34T 649123 5015212
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Mountain boots, trekking poles, water and snacks.


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Difficulty
easy
Distance
6.8 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
406 m
Descent
415 m
Highest point
1,527 m
Lowest point
1,121 m
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