Reaching the highest peak of Beskid Sądecki

Reaching the highest peak of Beskid Sądecki

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Distance: 19.6 km
Time to complete: 8:30 h
Degree of difficulty: Hard

Reaching the highest peak of Beskid Sądecki

Routing: Rytro – Roztoka Wielka Valley – Wdżary Niżne – Wielka Przehyba – Radziejowa – Żłobki Pass – Jaworzyna – Roztoka Wielka Valley – Rytro

High above the Poprad Valley, over Rytro and Piwniczna-Zdrój, over vast mountain forests in the valleys of both Roztoka Wielka and Mała, there is Radziejowa Mountain (1262 m above sea level). To reach its top, you have to be in good shape, allowing you to take a long mountain trip. You will be rewarded not only with a panorama from a viewing tower at the top, but also with the impression you get wandering among wild mountains. The peaks of the Radziejowa Range and the valleys of both Roztoka streams are a habitat for rare species of animals: shy and big capercaillies, as well as wolfs, lynxes and, finally, rulers of the mountains – brown bears.

It is best to start your trip from a car park at the end of an asphalt road in the Roztoka Wielka Valley. Now, we go up the valley, following blue trail marks. At the bottom, among boulders and rapids, crystal clear stream water murmurs. Huge beeches cast their shadows on the road. We pass a monument dedicated to partisans and a spring. Up the valley, the trail leads right to the ridge of Wdżary. Going up the ridge, we get mainly through the forest, occasionally crossing small clearings. Having reached Wietrzne Dziury, we pass exposed weathered sandstone rocks to finally get out on the main ridge, with the red Main Beskid Mountain Trail. You can turn right and reach a Polish Tourist and Sightseeing Society’s (PTTK) tourist hostel on Przehyba in 20 min. The trail, however, leads to the left and traverses the slopes of Wielka Przehyba. The deforested area below the peak offers a panorama of the Tatra Mountains. Above, on the ridge of Złomisty Wierch, there are other deforested areas offering views of the opposite side of the ridge towards the Poprad Valley, the Jaworzyna Krynicka Range and, finally, Radziejowa itself. Having reached its peak, we can admire a panorama around us from a viewing tower. Going down steeply from Radziejowa, we reach the Żłobki Pass and continue to the right through a wide slope forest road and the slopes of the Roztoka Mała Valley. A cycle trail and a local walking trail (marked yellow) run this way. Following the yellow trail, we go uphill and left soon. A smaller forest road traverses a side ridge below the peak of Jaworzyna. Passing clearings and wild mountain forests, we finally reach a very steep downhill narrow path among beeches. In the end, going down the valley of a side stream, we come to the Roztoka Wielka Valley. Immediately after crossing the stream, we will reach the car park, where we started the trip.
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