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The "12 Apostles" nature trail

Nature Trail · Bucovina
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The "12 Apostles" nature trail in the Călimani Mountains admirably adds to the local natural landscape and helps any hiker stopping by the information panels gain a deeper understanding of the places they see.

moderate
Distance 13.7 km
4:35 h
673 m
668 m
1,726 m
1,065 m

Perhaps precisely because of this route (Gura Haitii - 12 Apostles rock group), which is one of the most popular and accessible routes in the Călimani Mountains, they chose to set up the nature trail here.

The panels along the route tell you about the volcanic origin of the Călimani Mountains, the formation of the group of rocks with mysterious human faces that are now called the 12 apostles, or the biodiversity of the place. One of the most interesting stories on the trail may be the "milk route": it follows the process of milk production starting from the source, i.e. from the sheepfolds located up in the mountains.

The trail is accessible and spectacular both in summer and winter.

Author’s recommendation

  • To go back, you can (also) follow the red dot signs, towards the Red Stones peak (without reaching it) and then towards Gura Haitii.
  • Take your time to explore the group of rocks on the trail. Climb the nearby gorge, slightly separated from the rocks themselves, to admire them from above.
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Author
Sînziana Mihalache 
Update: January 23, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,726 m
Lowest point
1,065 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 40.41%Path 59.58%
Forested/wild trail
5.5 km
Path
8.1 km
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Tips and hints

Another accessible route that reaches the 12 Apostles reserve starts at the same-name hermitage; it is also marked with a blue dot. However, it is just a classic mountain route, with no information pannels.

Start

Gura Haitii (1,065 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.192922, 25.254208
DMS
47°11'34.5"N 25°15'15.1"E
UTM
35T 367755 5228081
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Getting there

Trail marked with blue dot.

Coordinates

DD
47.192922, 25.254208
DMS
47°11'34.5"N 25°15'15.1"E
UTM
35T 367755 5228081
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Hiking boots, water, snacks, a whistle (bears can sometimes be spotted on the route).


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Parts of this content were machine translated using Romanian as the source language


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.7 km
Duration
4:35 h
Ascent
673 m
Descent
668 m
Highest point
1,726 m
Lowest point
1,065 m
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