8. Ciucarul mare

Route name

Ciucaru Mare

District

Mehedinţi

Massif

Almăj Mountains

Route type

Main

Marking

Yellow triangle (YT)

Description of route

The routebegins from DN 57 and passes through a glade at a distance of  about 60 m then you enter a forest at the sylvan bollard  155.

The route continues through the forest on a path on the right side of a small groove, at a distance of about  400 m, with an average ascent of  30 degrees until P.B.1 where you get out of the forest and enter a glade. From  the belvedere point 1 the route continues on the margin of the forest at a distance of about  150 m and then you enter again the forest travelling about  100 m until nearby you will find a lay-over place.  You continue about 100 m through the forest, on the right side through an area of limestone pavements and then you enter a large glade. After about 500 m you arrive at the belvedere point   2 on the crest of Ciucarul Mare. From this point the route follows the crest of Ciucarul Mare, on the right, with the glade on the left side and the forest on the right, at a distance that varies between  5 and 20 m from the crest, thus passing about 600 m until you enter again the forest. After about  150 m through the forest you arrive at the belvedere point  3 and then you continue through the forest about 100 m more after you enter again the glade passing about  200 m on the margin of the forest with the forest on the right side and the glade on the left.  Then you continue through the glade, and at a distance of about 300 m until l at the entry into the forest, at about 80 m there is P.B.4, point where there is the end of the route, and we come back on the reverse direction. The reverse route continues on the margin of the forest at about.200 m, with the forest on the right side and the glade on the left side and then you enter again the forest where you pass about  150 m and then you enter again the glade.

You pass through the glade about  350 m on an old back road until a straightway of trees. You continue on the back road about 350 m and arrive at the ruins of  the  Ţereşti’s mansion. From the  Ţereşti’s mansion you continue about  80 m and enter again the forest passing about  200 m until the road junction point 1 of the route and at the lay-over place. From here you follow the initial route, at a distance of about 800 m, until the beginning point of the route from  Dubova.

Length in km

4,9 km

Difference of level (total)

316 m

Running time

2-3 h (backward 2-3 h)

GPS coordinates

Beginning of the route – 44  36’ 39.54’’N, 22 15’ 14.65’’E

Belvedere point 1 – 44  36’ 32.66’’N, 22  15’ 31.58’’E

Lay-over place – 44.608729° N, 22.258233° E

Belvedere point 2 – 44  36’ 20.14’’N, 22  15’ 57.06’’E

Belvedere point 3 – 44  36’ 39.76’’N, 22  16’ 09.38’’E

Belvedere point 4 – 44  36’ 57.29’’N, 22  16’ 15.52’’E

End of the route – 44  36’ 57.29’’N, 22  16’ 15.52’’E

The Ţereşti’s mansion – 44  36’ 35.82’’N, 22  15’ 46.54’’E

Accessible:

In spring /summer/autumn

No. of applied signs

228

No. of posts

2

No. of signage

0

No.  of informing panels and their location

State of route

Good

State of marking

Good

Necessary works to execute

There are not

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

Reduced

Route importance

Reduced

Access in the area

By car – from DN57

Year of route homologation 

2011

Natural elements and attractions:

Forest natural landscape:

Since the very beginning of the route we meet a mixture forest, where we can see elements, like the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), the Turkey oak (Quercus cerris), the Hungarian oak (Quercus frainetto), but also Mediterranean elements, that provide the characteristic of the south-west  area of the country, where   we feel the influences of the sub Mediterranean climate , like : oriental hornbeam (Carpinus orientalis), the manna ash (Fraxinus ornus), the liliac (Syringa vulgaris), Banat field maple (Acer monsspessulanum), the butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) etc. At the same time, in the herbal stratum, since spring, the prevernal vegetation appears to us by  the Dutch yellow crocus (Crocus flavus), hellebores (Helleborus odorus), snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis).

The attraction element of this area is represented by the Cazane tulip (Tulipa hungarica), a species that is remarked not only by its uniqueness  , but also due to its habitat- the cliff walls of the  Ciucarul Mare, dug so beautifully by the river. This plant can be seen as a flower in April , from P.B. 2, where together with these vernal species, give colour and perfume to the cliffs that may seem unfriendly. Once you get on the plateau, until the terminus point of the route , we are accompanied by the wonderful smell  of syringe, the novel colours of the smoke tree flowers (Cotynus coggigria), in contrast with the spring green of the arbustive species.

Supporting the unique character of this area, the Cazaneblue bells (Campanula crassipes), tertiary relict , open their blue flowers in order to flatter our eyes.

Apart from the plant species, most of them being protected by regulation in the national and international law, on condition that peace be respected, we can see also some mammals, like the buck (Capreolus capreolus), the wild cat (Felis sylvestris), the wolf (Canis lupus), reptiles like the green lizard (Lacerta viridis), the nose-horned viper (Vipera ammodytes), common viper (Vipera berus), Hermann’s tortoise  (Testudo hermanni boetgerri), the mark of the Iron Gate Natural Park.

Due to floristic diversity that characterizes the area , the insects are very well represented.  With a little attention and curiosity, you can see great Capricorn beetle (Cerambix cerdo), the stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), the scorpion (Euscorpius carpathicus) etc. .

- abysses and dells;

- limestone pavements;

- the  Ţereşti’s mansion;

- Maria Tereza’s road.

 Map :

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