Hiking Creasta Cocoșului

May 29, 2015

We had signed up to go on a hike today, led by our host Duncan. He was guiding Steve and Alison and we were allowed to tag along. (For 15 euros each.) Penny had made packed lunches for all of us, which we put into our packs, and by 8:30 am we were ready to leave. We all got into the Land Rover and Penny drove us up to the trailhead, which was at a small reserve. Today it was finally sunny, which was great because today was our last chance for a hike.

Working in the field

Working in the field

For the first part of our route we climbed gently uphill along a trail and then a wider track. The pace was quite slow, but we had the whole day so that was fine. About 11 am we stopped for part 1 of our lunch, which would fortify us for the steep climb up to Creasta Cocoșului (the Rooster’s Comb). The climb was quite steep, but it didn’t seem to take very long. Once we were up at the Comb we stopped again to have part 2 of our lunch. Near us there was a couple with two very young children. While we were eating we watched as the father put a climbing harness on the 3-year-old and took him to one of the rock pinnacles, where they both started climbing with the aid of a rope.

Creasta Cocoșului

Creasta Cocoșului

Lunch, part 2

Lunch, part 2

The weather was still clear and we had a good view all around. On one side was the village of Breb with its shiny new church spire and in the distance on the other side was the city of Baia Mare with the chimney of its Communist-era smelter.

Father and son climbers

Father and son climbers

Three Apostles ridge

Three Apostles ridge

The next part of our walk followed a broad ridge which ran eastwards away from the Comb. There were a lot of pipits flying up and singing in the high country here. The trail went towards a group of smaller pillars called the Three Apostles, which looked rather like the Easter Island moai. Once past the third of the Apostles we went down through an open beech forest with a lot of birds singing. A ski area under construction had changed the trail since the waymarks had been painted, but Duncan knew the area so we got down to the road with no trouble.

Limestone pillars

Limestone pillars

The whole hike was good and we were lucky that we had been able to join in with Steve and Alison’s hike, as we wouldn’t have been able to do it on our own. Not only that, but the weather had cooperated for once and the temperatures were good for hiking.

Purple wood violet (Viola declinata)

Purple wood violet (Viola declinata)

Penny came to pick us up in the Land Rover and soon we were back at the Village Hotel, where we had some tea and sat on the bench outside our house. We had dinner at 6:30 pm, and since everybody else had gone out for dinner we had the whole place to ourselves.

Next: Sigișoara and Sibiu

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