B/C ↔ 270m ↑ 70m ⏱ 1h vf / 1h40 total
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This via ferrata route was opened to the public on March 26 2021, in Padurea Craiului mountains, in Rosia, Bihor county. The construction began in September 2020 as a joint venture between public and private organizations in the area.
- Length 270m
- Vertical climb 70m
- Difficulty B/C
- GPS access / Parking 46°49’17.9″N 22°24’05.9″E or 46.821639,22.401639 (geo)
- GPS Start Via Ferrata 46°50’00.9″N 22°23’45.4″E or 46.833592,22.395941 (geo)
- Access hiking duration: 30 min
- Via ferrata duration: 40 min
- Return hiking duration: 30 min
- Total time: 1h40
- Children can go on this route only supervised and accompanied by an experienced adult
- Best time: April – October, except for when it’s rainy and the rocks become slippery
Access: The approach starts in Ponita village, Rosia, Bihor county. There is a via ferrata parking place next to Poienita hut (46°49’17.9″N 22°24’05.9″E or 46.821639,22.401639), which is more of a general store in the village.
From here you follow the main village road up, which first crosses a bridge on the left. At 46°49’37.9″N 22°23’46.7″E (46.827194,22.396306) there’s a tourist sign pointing to the right – it’s the beginning of the hiking trail. Hike for about 700m more and you reach the start of the via ferrata.
Length of via ferrata route: 270m. Vertical climb: 70m.
Difficulty: B/C (medium). Grades are from A (very easy) to E (extreme).
The route is 270m long and 70m high, with two start options. The harder start is the one on the left as you arrive from the trail. It begins with a cave and then crosses a 33m long bridge (the only C section) at 35m above the valley. After the bridge, the route connects with the other start option, which is B all the way, and both go up the final vertical segments.
Duration for the via ferrata route: approximately 40 minutes.
Mandatory gear: alpine helmet, alpine harness, via ferrata set. Optionally, gloves.
Return trail: Follow the forest trail marked with a red dot for about 15 minutes, back to Ponita village and the starting point.
- We climbed this route.
- Talks with Salvamont Bihor, the local mountain rescue unit.