Conquering Piatra Mare Peak

Piatra Mare Peak

Piatra Mare Massif is located south of the Brasov Depression. It’s well known in Romania for it’s many tourist trails, steep slopes and perfect spots for panoramic views. It’s highest peak, also called Piatra Mare, is 1843m. Reaching it is not really a walk in the park, it requires time and effort, but I guarantee that in the end it’s all worthed.

To start your quest to conquer Piatra Mare Peak, you first need to cross the Seven Ladders Canyon and then follow the trail marked with yellow and white stripes.

White and yellow trail marking
Follow this white and yellow trail marking

You’ll have to walk through the forest for about 5 hours, but there will be so much going on in your surroundings, that you can’t get bored. You’ll see small streams with cold, fresh water, joyful birds in the trees and delicate flowers on the ground.

Forest daisies
Did you forget how the trail marking looked like? No problem, just look at the daisies and you’ll know :)

Be prepared for when you reach the top, that’s when the real magic begins. You’ll find yourself standing on a beautiful arctic plateau, with a wide view of the city Brasov.

Surreal view of Brasov City
Surreal view of Brasov City. Also, can you see the dragon-fly?

On the same plateau, there is a wooden chalet (Piatra Mare Chalet), where you can find accommodation and a hot meal. The surrounding meadow is populated with some very friendly donkeys, that are strolling without care among people.

Friendly donkey
One of the many friendly donkeys living on the arctic plateau

After you rest for a while in this fairytale scenery, you can really conquer Piatra Mare Peak. Be careful though, getting to the very top can be a little challenging.

On top of Piatra Mare Peak
Finally on top of Piatra Mare Peak!

Now, for the way back I recommend another trail, that is secretly hiding one of the best views I’ve seen so far. First, you have to find the white and red trail marking, and start to follow it.

White and red trail marking
White and red trail marking

At one point you’ll see that the paths are splitting and a sign will notify this with a trail map. Now look around for another trail marking: a white and blue triangle.

White and blue trail marking
White and blue trail marking

Follow it until you reach a dead-end cliff. This is called The Bears Chasm. It’s a place of extreme beauty, I could stay for hours just staring at the steep walls of rock and admiring the heights.

The Bears Chasm
Standing on the edge of The Bears Chasm

To be fully honest, standing here, at the very edge of this abyss, I could only think about how all my actions so far led me to this moment. It was something I’ve never experienced before at this level. My heart was racing, my legs were shaking, but my mind was frozen observing the greatness of what nature can make.

Now return on the old path, and keep following the white and red trail marking, until you reach once again the Seven Ladders Cabin. If you have the time, and you are still feeling adventurous, you can go all the way down on the zip lines that I told you about in the previous post.

You have now reached the end of the day. It’s time for a cup of hot tea and a good night’s sleep :)

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Guest

Hello. So nice to know more about Romania. Here in Portugal we don´t usually hear about the country attractions. This place looks amazing.

Guest
5 months 22 days ago

It’s beautiful there! How does it look like in winter? Have you done the trail in winter?

Guest
5 months 23 days ago

Looks to be an absolutely gorgeous part of the world although if I’m honest, I would have always associated these kind of views with places like Austria more than Romania. Nevertheless, you’ve done a great job capturing the grandeur of the place but that last picture of you looking over Bear Chasm really isn’t good for my vertigo, even on my laptop. Great post and even better photos.

Guest
5 months 23 days ago

I had never heard of this peak but it sounds like a great day trip! Thanks for sharing and I love your pictures!

Guest
5 months 24 days ago

Enjoyed hearing about your fun day out in nature. And thanks for letting us know at the beginning of your post where this area is located. Would have never known otherwise. Nice photos and narrative.

Guest

whoa, Bear Chasm would be where I would want to go! Awesome shots! So I know you took a day trip on the 7 stairs to get here is this all possible to do in one day with this? are you allowed to camp there too?

Guest
5 months 29 days ago

amazing photos and such a beautiful place..love the little marks you need to follow xo

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5 months 29 days ago

These seems like such an interesting and mesmerising hike! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely keep this walk in my mind!

Guest
6 months 56 minutes ago

What amazing views! Such a fabulous trek. You were very brave taking photos on the edge of Bears Chasm, I’m terrified if heights and could never do that ☺
Katja xxx
http://www.katnapped.com

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Борка Шаула
6 months 2 hours ago

This is just amazing. I’ve been on some mountains like Tara, Zlatibor, Rtanj, Ozren and I must say that those experiences really change you. The best part in enjoying the fresh air since nowadays that’s something rare in the big cities.

Guest
6 months 4 hours ago

What amazing views on that walk. You were very brave as I don’t think I would have got that close to the edge of Bear Chasm!! How lovely to see all those donkeys just wandering around :)

Guest
6 months 4 hours ago

What a beautiful peak! I’m scared of heights so I could never complete such a feat!

Guest
6 months 8 hours ago

Great photos. It seems like a serene and beautiful place. I haven’t really hiked anywhere but I’m willing to give it a shot especially when I see photos like yours :)

Ron | Nearby Wanderer

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Jasmin N
6 months 14 hours ago

Wow that park looks so amazing! :-) sounds like it’s perfect for ones who wants to get close to nature :)

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