11. Liubotina

Name route

Liubotina – Cioaca Cremenească




Almăj Mountains

Route type



Blue triangle (BT)

Description of the route 

The route begins on the edge of DN 57, on the sylvan road from the Liubotina viaduct, at about 8 km from Dubova to Sviniţa and it goes on the valley along the  Liubotina riverand after about 500 m  to a stone bridge where we have the road junction (1) where the left deviated line goes to Eibenthal and the right deviated line follows the route on  Valea Liubotina. After about 1 km on the right side of the sylvan road we meet the sylvan bollard 261 from UP IIIand a beautiful waterfall on the  Liubotina river; from here the route begins with a slight ascent of 10 %  and continues on the sylvan road  and on the both sides of the road we have a thick holm and hornbeam forest;after we travel  about 500 m we can see some exemplars ofyewon a cliff versant; after 750 m we see the small waterfalls that are formed on the Liubotina valley; these waterfallsrise in heightfrom 1 m until 10 m on a section of about 1 km and the valley deepen, the ascent maintaining in the same way, then after passing from the last waterfall the route climbs the Liubotina valley and after 1,2 km we meet a road junction (2), we follow the left deviated line  and after 1,2 km we meet another road junction (3) where there is the lay-over place.  The route follows the right deviated line on a distance of 500 m until another road junction (4),and after 600 m we see another road junction (5); we follow the right deviated line  and we climb a small crest on a distance of 150 m , we go out of standing crop and enter a large glade , we travel  300m in the south direction until the margin of a forest, from here  the route goes on a back road 300 m and it enters a large glade, it continues to follow the back road on a distance of  800 m; then this route binds with Cremeneasca – Rudina route and from this point the bouth routes follow the same road; go on on this glade, through its middle and after 900 m you see Filipescu’s dwelling, being near to Cioaca Rudina; the route follows the south-west direction  in the middle of the glade  500 m, then we go on the margin of the fir-tree forest  and after 300 m we arrive on  Cioaca Rudina where we have belvedere point1, with an opening of  360 degrees; you can see to north-eastthe Danube, Cazane Mari, and Râvnă peakand Copriva peakto NW; the route  then goes to west along the stony margin of the Hill  and it follows a climb-downon a section of 500 m and it enters a fir tree forest, and after 250 m it arrives on a back road which climbs down on the left side and passes through standing crop on a distance of  850 m until we see on the left side of the road an air-shaft; apoi after 230 m the routeleavesthe back roadandenters the forest on the right side  and follows the route markings and after about 250 mwe arrive at the end of the route that enters DN 57 on Valea Gârboviţa.

Length in km

12 km

Difference of level (total)

562 m

Running time

5 h (backward 5 h)

GPS coordinates

Beginning of the route – N44 32.622, E22 12.708

Road junction (1) – N44 32.695, E22 12.440

Borna silvica 261 din UP III – N44 32.772, E22 12.089

Road junction (2) – N44 33.360, E22 11.312

Road junction (3) –  N44 33.620, E22 10.743

Lay-over place – N44 33.620, E22 10.743

Filipescu’s dwelling – N44 34.011, E22 12.221

Road junction (4) – N44 33.925, E22 11.350

Road junction (5) – N44 34.159, E22 11.427

Belvedere point 1 – N44 33.693, E22 12.576

Mine air-shaft – N44 33.305, E22 12.856

End of the route – N44 33.191, E22 13.087


In spring/summer/autumn

No. of applied signs


No. of posts


No. of signage


No. of informing panels and their location

2 panels, both panels, at entry and exit on DN57

State of route


State of marking


Necessary works to execute

There aren’t

Covers on route

Capacity no. place/their state

A lay-over place set up with a small table, two benches and a recycle bin

Difficulty degree


Route importance


Access in the area

By car – from DN57

Year of route homologation 




Natural elements and attractions:

The wood vegetation is represented by a forest of mixture, where we meet elements like holm trees (Quercus petraea), the Hungarian oak (Quercus frainetto), but also Mediterranean elements  as oriental hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis) or the butcher’s broom  (Ruscus aculeatus).

Flora species are characteristic to the  temperate-continental climate, with sub-Mediterranean influences, as orchids (Orchys), Sweet William (Diantus), violas  (Viola) or snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).

The fauna is represented by some mammals like  the wolf (Canis lupus), the buck (Capreolus Capreolus) or the wild cat (Felis sylvestris), reptileslike the tortoise (Testudo hermanni boetgerri), the green lizard  (Lacerta viridis) or the lizard  (Lacerta agilis), raptors like the hen-harrier (Buteo buteo) or the red kestrel (Falco tinnunculus).

The versants are covered with beech tree forests, and from place to place there are isolated exemplars of  yew (Taxus baccata), protected element of the Romanian flora. This coniferous has become so rare due to the valuable wood searched for sculpture and fine carpentry, but also due to the fact that the leaves, as well as all the parts of the plant (except the aryl) ,contain an alkaloid taxina, poisonous specially for tracks. In  the past, people “cut down” this coniferous, because it represented some danger for the animals that fed with it. Today, the yew is protected in the entire Romania.  Still on the Liubotina valley, the waterfalls formed in the bed of this river offer a special view to this area.

The most impressive belvedere point is Rudina, from which you can see the Danube, but also hills like Codicea Mică, Codicea Mare. The traditional food met at the cabins on the way, as well as the modality to prepare the local “junks”, make the tourist fall in love with these locations.


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