2. The village of Ghelari - Vadu Dobrii
Access: from Hunedoara town, 18 km modernized road to Ghelari (minibus)
A. 1 h 27 min (47.3 km) via DJ687D, DC103A and DJ687E, 1 h 24 min without traffic
B. 49 min (24.2 km) via DJ687E 49 min without traffic
C. 1 h 29 min (57.6 km) via DJ687D 1 h 27 min without traffic
Characteristics: Crossing the eastern and central part of the Poiana Ruscă massif with the high plateau crossing. Easy way to go along the communal and forest road but grueling due to its length. There are no orientation difficulties. Difference level: 500 m.
The Ghelari commune, situated at the altitude of 700-740 m, in the eastern extremity of the high plateau of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains, is a locality of "woods" with ancient traditions in mining. Prior to 1989 it became an important mining center for the exploitation of iron ore. From an architectural point of view, the dominant element is a monumental church that far exceeds all communal buildings.
From the center of the commune, we head down the main street south towards the cultural home. After 200 m, we pass through a saddle area, from which to the right turn the road to the valley of Retişoara, where is the old train station which in the past binds mining with the blast furnace from Hunedoara. From this, our first glance opens to our left
The rusty walls of the old quarry, of which iron ore was exploited a few decades ago. After 500 m, before reaching the new district, next to a sign (to Bunila), we climb a street to the right, and after another 300 m, to the left. Soon we leave the village and the road begins to climb smoothly to the Mesteacăn Hill.
A wider view opens around us on the plateau of the Poiana Ruscă Mountains to the northeast and on the south-eastern part of the massif in the opposite direction.
At good visibility, in the last plan south, the Retezat Mountains are outlined. On the plateau we see to the northwest the towns of Plop, Cerişor and Lelese. To the east, the platform separating the Valley of Tăul, the blocks in the new neighborhood of Ghelar rise.
From Ghelari to Vadu Dobrii the road is maintained on a distance of 21 km ("foot"), which climbs almost imperceptibly up to the central area of the massif. After 2 km, from Ghelari, we pass through the village of Ruda, the second locality of woods on the route. We continue to the west the highway which, after passing a flat hill, descends to the saddle area where the Poieniţa Voinei village is located. We can see