Tourist route: Hăşdău - Cheile Cernei - Lunca Cernii - Hațeg Country - Pădureni Land

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Tourist route: Hăşdău - Cheile Cernei - Lunca Cernii

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5. Hăşdău commune - Hăşdău – Cheile Cernei – Lunca Cernii
Access possibilities: from Hunedoara town 19 km, or from Cinciş Motel 11 km, on asphalt road to Topliţa. Be here, 8.5 km road unpaved at Haşdău through Dăbîca (bus).
Distance: 11 km
Duration: 4½ hours
Features: crossing Cerna's keys. Difficult route 6 km through the gorges, the rest 5 km on the forest and communal road, without noticeable difference.
At Haşdău we get by bus either from Hunedoara or from Cinciş motel. From the center of the commune, we follow the road to the Lunca Cernii to the west. Soon we leave behind the last houses of the locality and after another 0.5 km we reach the confluence of the Cerna valley with the Bear Valley. Here the road is splited. To the left continues the Bear Valley to Lunca Cernii, and on the right along the Cerna valley the forest road valley Bunila (Bili) - Vadu Dobrii.

We continue on the road from the Cerna Valley, which narrows suddenly between the slopes with steep slopes. After 1.5 km the valley makes a big elbow to the west and after another 0.5 km it confluences with the valley of Bunila, whose springs are located in the central part of the massif, under Vadu Dobrii. Here we leave the forest road, which continues on the valley of Bunila, and we head south (to the left) following the Cerna valley. The valleys of the valley are becoming steeper and steeper. The water droplet near the water is lost, leaving a path that in the more difficult areas is also lost.
Cerna's gorges are deeply dug in the harsh metamorphic rocks, namely in massive gray gnashes, in which the white-eyed white feldspar nodules with a diameter of up to a few centimeters (gnaise oculare) are distinguished.
The height of the steep slopes, covered in part by the forest, reaches 200 m. The length of the strait is 6.2 km. The valley follows a sinuous course between rocky walls, which, especially in the southern half, sometimes descends to the water, leaving no place for the trail. That is why the crossing of Cerna's keys encounters several difficulties, especially during the high water flow. Strolling in such situations requires the passage through water, which is generally not deep in depth. If we consider that we must abandon the route at any point in time, we can either try to bypass the difficult area through the rocky slope, or we can climb with some effort into the slope on our left in the direction of walking Reaches the peak between the Cerna Valley and the Bear Valley. If after this climb we did not meet the road road Hăşdău-Lunca Cernii, we head to the highs to the right (west) until we reach the mentioned road.
Upon leaving the quays, the valley widens sharply. In the deserted slope on our left we can see the road Hăşdău - Lunca Cernei which, in order to avoid the strain of Cerna, crosses the peak from the springs of the Bear Valley. Following up the valley's meadow, we soon reach the mentioned road. Next we join a wide elbow of the valley, and then we meet the first houses of Lunca Cernii de Jos.
Lunca Cernii de Jos commune is the most deserted locality in Poiana Rusca Mountains. People's homes lie along the valley over a distance of 7 km. Until the confluence of the Cerna valley with the Negoiu valley, the settlement is called Lunca de Cernii de Jos, while upstream of this confluence stretches the Lunca de Cernii de Sus and Gura Bordului.
From Lunca Cernii, we can return by bus to the "Cinciş" motel or to Hunedoara.
Attention: The Google Map map does not recognize access 0.5 km from the exit of Hașdău, right, towards Cerna Valley.
If on the above map we have marked the Hăşdău commune - Lunca Cernii route, the forest route that includes Cernei Gorge is the one from the map below:
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