The Balileasa Depression and the area of “The Stables”

Trip to the Cetatile Ponorului, ©macskapocs/Flickr

Trip to the Cetatile Ponorului, ©macskapocs/Flickr

Romania is a beautiful country with a diverse relief that worth to be visited. Even if there are not as many developed resorts as in the Western countries, the landscape is breathtaking and the hiking routes are not crowded.

Balileasa is an elongated lowland located in the western part of Padis devoid of forest and riddled with sinkholes. The lowland has the appearance of a valley with a large meadow, without being crossed by a regularly stream. The upstream side of the “valley” is guarded by two pillars, the Oşelu and the Balileasa peaks, among which lies the Scarita saddle, the place where arrives the forest road from Pietroasa.

The Balileasa Depression

The Balileasa Depression can be considered the entry gate of Padiş from the Bihor County. The road here bifurcates, one branch surrounding the Balileasa depression, following the contour of levels towards the Cabana Padiş (Padis Cottage), the other branch runs through the meadow in its length to its lowest portion, from where it enters through a saddle in the Văii Cetăţilor (Castle Valley) basin. The western slope of Poiana Balileasa represents the peak that separates it from the Barsa Pit.

Uvala balileasa, ©paleo_bears/Flickr

Uvala balileasa, ©paleo_bears/Flickr

The Stables

The downstream of Balileasa enters the Văii Cetăţilor (Castle Valley) basin first through a pretty sharp slope, then a large meadow called “The Stables“. The Stables is the main campsite in Padiş dut to its proximity to the major tourist attractions, including the Cetăţile Ponorului (Fortresses of Ponor), Focul Viu (Live Fire Cave), Piatra Galbenei (Stone of Galbena) and the forest road that reaches the place, favoring road access.

Focul Viu, ©Razvan Antonescu/Flickr

Focul Viu, ©Razvan Antonescu/Flickr

The Valley of the Fortress (Valea Cetăţilor) has its origin in spring with an significant flow and creates meanders in the meadow that forms this stretch, after which islost in the valley bed, managing to cross the downstream canyon of the area of The Stables” only at the big waters. A rich spring found around the forester canton of “Ponor” brings an important contribution to the flow of the valley, and is also the main source of drinking water for tourists camped in the area.

Trip to the Cetatile Ponorului, ©macskapocs/Flickr

Trip to the Cetatile Ponorului, ©macskapocs/Flickr

Two side extensions of the meadow in the area of “The Stables” promotes access to cottage Padiş through a dry steep valley on the left side of the Valley of Fortresses and to Poiana Ponor, on a former tractor road that climbs beside the forester canton.

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