Through the pastures of the Jaworzyna Range

Through the pastures of the Jaworzyna Range

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Distance: 16.5 km
Time to complete: 6:45 h
Degree of difficulty: Medium

Through the pastures of the Jaworzyna Range

Routing: Łomnica-Zdrój – Hala Łabowska – Wierch nad Kamieniem – Hala Pisana – Łomnica-Zdrój

This attractive route through the middle of the Jaworzyna Krynicka Range may be the essence of the best of Beskid Sądecki. We will wander through wild wooded valleys over mountain streams, amid beech and spruce forests. We have to face a murderously steep climb, but do not forget to admire beautiful pasture landscapes. We will come across traces of bygone life, with which the mountains teemed just over a century ago. These are mountain meadows becoming increasingly overgrown, as well as the remains of wooden huts. For centuries, shepherds grazed their numerous flocks on the slopes and ridges of the Jaworzyna Range throughout the summer. However, low-lying meadows were mown for hay.

Orientation throughout the route is easy – it runs all the time through marked trails. You can start your trip from a car park near a final bus stop up the Łomniczanka Valley. From here, the blue trail leads up the valley next to a forester’s lodge to the point where Łomniczanka and Wapnik streams meet. There is a beautiful waterfall of Łomniczanka that should not be missed. At this point, we must face a very steep (fortunately short) climb to a ridge, where we can enjoy picturesque clearings. We just need to pass through narrow bands of forest to quickly reach the main ridge of the Jaworzyna Range. Now, the red Main Beskid Mountain Trail spreads. Going right (10 min), we will reach a Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society’s (PTTK) tourist hostel at Hala Łabowska; however, turning left and going along the leveled ridge – Wierch nad Kamieniem (1084 m above sea level). This is the highest point of the route. On the further course, the trail crosses long mountain pastures heading the open peak of Hala Pisana (1044 m above sea level). Directly below, at the Bukowina Pass, we leave the red trail and go down the yellow trail from the ridge. The route leads through the scenic Hala Bukowina and further goes downhill through idyllic meadows and bands of forest of the side ridge of Groń. Having seen not distant houses of the Jarzębaki hamlet, turn left onto the concrete slab road, going downhill to the Mała Łomniczanka Valley. The local green trail, crossing winding roads, leads this way. Go down the trail until you reach the main road in Łomnica-Zdrój: having turned left at the intersection, we will reach the starting point in 20 min, passing another smaller waterfall and two mineral springs.
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