The first part of the trail is really non-difficult and leads to a fairytale-like valley, which looked like it was taken from a movie. We continued on the yellow-marked trail, crossed the valley full of the last summer blossoms and started climbing a steeper route. Although the path was becoming steeper and steeper, it was worth all the effort. On the way, we even met mountain goats! They were jumping down the steep slopes like professional alpinists.
The next point we reached was a crossroad of several trails. From this point, you could easily see Giewont, the Tatra mountain peak, towards which you can continue the hike. We didn’t climb all the way up ourselves because at the top we saw a huge huddle of people (there‘s a part of the trail where you need to climb holding onto metal chains, and the traffic there was held). We felt like we much more wanted to admire the mountains instead of waiting in a line for half an hour. If you start your hike really early in the morning, I believe you could reach the peak without waiting in such a long line.
We continued our hike by following the red-marked trail. However, if I could choose again I‘d probably take the trail towards the Kopa Kondracka peak. From there you can follow the trail towards Malolaczniak and then go down the blue trail until you reach the parking lot. This route would be longer and require a bit more strength, but one can definitely complete it in a day.
Following the red trail, I noticed that it was steeper compared to the way up. At some places going down, we had to hold onto the rocks. I really recommend wearing good mountain shoes for this hike so you would not slip, feel more stable and safer. The same as going up, the views on the way down were amazing. It made us stop, admire, and rest. I even thought that if I had to complete this hike again – I‘d gladly do it.
“A Trip to Zakopane: Dolina Białego, Sarnia Skała, Wodospad Siklawica and Dolina Strążyska (I)”
“Hiking in Zakopane: Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy lake (II)”