Tourist route: Crăciuneasa - Sohodolului Valley - Sohodol Village - Alun - Poieniţa Voinii - Ghelari - Hațeg Country - Pădureni Land

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Tourist route: Crăciuneasa - Sohodolului Valley - Sohodol Village - Alun - Poieniţa Voinii - Ghelari

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3. Crăciuneasa Train Station - Sohodol Valley - Sohodol Village - Alun - Poienita Voinii - Ghelari
Access possibilities: from Hunedoara to Teliucul Superior, 6 km modernized road and further 11 km non-modernized road to Govădjia, from which another 2.5 km to the railway station Crăciuneasa.
Distance: 28 km
Duration: 8 hours
Characteristics: trail in the Pădureni Land through the high plateau area in the eastern part of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains, the Sohodol Valley, dug in dolomite rocks. The route on the easy way to go but grueling due to its length. Difference level: 550 m.

From Crăciuneasa railway station, we follow the road upstream in the Sohodol valley (known in the lower course and under the name of the Nădrab Valley), leaving behind the great dolomite quarry. The landscape is typical of valleys dug in dolomite rocks in the plateau area of ​​the Poiana Ruscă Mountains: steep slopes with white and gray rocks that contrasts with the green vegetation and the blue of the sky. After 1.2 km, on our right, a tributary of the main valley, climbs the road to Cerişor village, known from the past for talc and steatite.
The name of the locality seems to have its root in precisely this natural subsoil, sometimes waxy. Soon we pass by a large tributary on our left (Poieniţa Valley or Pestişele Valley), on which comes the road from the marble quarry in Alun.

At a distance of 1.5 km, we notice another tributary to the south, the valley of Alun, the old road on this valley providing access to Alun in the past. Before reaching a confluence located 3 km upstream of the Alun Valley, in the slope on our right, we take the road to Leleșe, a locality of woods located on the Dolomite Plate and known for talc mining. At that confluence, the road to Sohodol leaves the valley and continues on the top of the two waters.
After 600 m, it reaches the plateau area, where it follows the peak and then goes on the curve to the village of Sohodol, located at the springs of the Sohodol Valley.
Once we get to the main street of the village, we turn left and follow this street southwest.

Soon the road starts to climb and after 750 m it leaves the village. We continue to climb smoothly up the hill Boroslava Mică (1022 m), the highest point on the route. From here the road descends 1,5 km up the southwest to the saddle from the valleys of the Văcărita Valley (under this name is known the upper course of the Sohodolului valley that we traveled the first part of the route).

From this saddle, we leave the road, which continues to Vadu Dobrii, and we head towards the left, on the highway to Alun. At a distance of 3.5 km, we head to a wide, unspoiled hillside, bypassing the valley of the Valley of the Valley. To the north of the valley, we soon see the village of Sohodol, crammed between two hillside hills. Once we cross the Curcubel Hill, we go down to Alun village. From the entrance to the village we follow the road to the right, cross the Alun marble quarry to the exit of the locality and down the road of the pit in Poieniţa valley.

Above us, to the south, is Bunila village. Next, we go along the road downstream of the water downstream about 800 m, to climb
Then in the right slope (south) on a road that leads us to the peak between the villages of Bunila and Poienița Voinei, near the entrance to Poienița Voinei.

We pass through this locality of woods with a small church in a very picturesque position, lying on a narrow ridge at the exit of the village and continue the road to Ghelari through Ruda (for the description, see the first part of Route 1). From Ghelari we can go down by minibus to Hunedoara or to Cinciş Motel.
 
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