"Stories of the Forest" in Buila-Vânturarița Mountains
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An intersection on the routePhoto: Conspicuous Contraption, CC BY
A picturesque nature trail organized by the Kogayon Association, which admirably handles the management, maintenance, and promotion of the trails in the Buila-Vânturarița National Park. The trail aims to educate on how to differentiate between tree species, signs to look for in the forest, or sounds that you can hear on the trails.
The informative panels start in the village of Pietreni and continue to the Pătrunsa hermitage. The route runs approximately along the border of the national park, and is very well-marked and visible so you can't get lost.
The walk goes mostly through deciduous forests, while the fir trees can be spotted somewhat higher up. In fact, two paths emerge from the nature trail, leading up to the main ridge of Buila Mountain, one on Mount Cacova, the other on Mount Piatra, and further on to the main refuge of the massif - Curmătura Builei.
The panels tell you about tree species, what happens to dry trees and how to read the footprints or the traces left by various wildlife species.
Take advantage of the bivouac shelter in Poiana Scărișoara or the refuge in Curmătura Builei to extend your stay in this mountain paradise, which continues to be sought after only by avid hikers. At Pătrunsa hermitage, almost three centuries old, you might even find a warm vegetarian or vegan meal.
You can either return on the same route, or you can hike a small section of ridge to descend Mount Cacova and then return on the same route.
Tips and hints
You find water sources in Poiana Scarișoara, in Curmătura Builei if you climb to the ridge, or at the hermitage.
Mountain boots, trekking poles, food, sunscreen, rain protection.
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