Friday, May 02, 2014

Bicaz Gorge

Sun-Ling had her eye on hiking in the mountains west of Piatra Neamț and after several changes of plan we decided to plant ourselves in Bicaz Gorge (Cheile Bicazului) near Lacul Rosu (Red Lake) with out-the-front-door hiking and perfect onward transport.

After an overnight in Piatra Neamț in a hotel overlooking the bus and train stations we caught a westward 9:10 AM bus and were settled in Hotel Lacu Rosu by 10:45 and standing atop Suhardul Peak a few hours later. Day Two we did a 16km loop of sorts with about 1300 meters elevation gain. The section through Laposului Gorge was spectacular.

Bicaz Gorge is in Bicaz Gorge - Hasmas Mountains National Park. The Gorge is compact with lots of easy (and hard) vertical. Perfect for a base to do multiple day hikes.

Day One.

Heading up the Blue Triangle trail...

Lacul Rusu, Romania

...to the top of Suhardul Peak.
Lacul Rusu, Romania

Lacul Rusu, Romania

Lacul Rusu, Romania

Lacul Rusu, Romania



The postcard shot: Lacul Rosa with Suhardul Peak behind.
Lacul Rusu, Romania

Getting started on Day Two with the Yellow Triangle trail.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Looking again at Suhardul Mic.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Bicaz River.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Walking on the road through Bicaz Gorge (Yellow Stripe trail).
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

Roadside souvenir stands.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

We had to turn around and change our plan as the bridge was out on the Yellow Stripe trail and the water was about 6 inches too high for a barefoot crossing.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Hey Sun-Ling! How about standing out next to that gap in the bridge so I can get a photo?
Lacul Rosu, Romania

And then, down the Big Serpentine (switchback) comes a horse drawn cart loaded with hay.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

As the bridge was out, plan B was to take the Red Triangle trail up and out of Laposului Gorge.
Lacul Rosu, Romania



Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

After several kilometers between facing towers of rocks, Laposului Gorge opens up to high pasture.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

Lacul Rosu, Romania

And the reward for almost 1500 meters of elevation gain; we spilt an ice cream cake. Woohoo!
Lacul Rosu, Romania

GPS track of Day Two hiking.
Lacul Rosu, Romania

4 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

WOW! Looks like there are so many trails to hike, you could spend your whole 90 day visa in this National Park.

Liz said...

Love the contrast of the hay wagon and modern tour bus. Surprised to see the tourst shops.

Sun-Ling said...

@Liz, I was very impressed with the braking power of the horse. The switchbacks are steep. I am not sure I can push a brakeless bike down without myself all tangled up with the bike. The horse handled the cart full of hay without any help from his human driver.

99% of the people enjoy the gorge by driving, so the tourist shops are set up where people pull over to take photos.

Sun-Ling said...

@Ed, the trails in Bicaz Gorge NP actually are not that long, which are perfect for me, since we only do day hikes, and are not hardcore enough for multi-day backpacking.