From here, it takes about two hours to get to the next Chalet, which is Bârcaciu, following the trail marked with a red cross.
You start on a forestry road, bordered by raspberry bushes through the forest, then pas through a small valley, and, leaving the road, you enter a small path, climbing steeply on the Piciorul Bârcaciului, which is the foot of Muntele (Mount) Bârcaciu, one of the many secondary ridges.
In the last portion, just before reaching the chalet, there's a clearing formed by a forest fire, which is now invaded with a pink sea of Epilobium.
|The pink invasion|
The men at Bârcaciu Chalet are quite strange and sometimes really grumpy ( I mean the two guys, 'cause the lady is very nice to people), but it's full of dogs and chickens and donkeys, making for quite an entertaining place to rest a bit before continuing your ascent.
|Welcome visitors! Has you any food?|
|Hello! I heard you were having lunch.|
To get to Avrig lake you can take the trail marked with a blue dot, descending in the valley below, then climbing into the Avrig caldera, or continue on red cross towards Scara Peak and follow the ridge trail west.
In our trip, we continued towards Scara Peak (2306m) climbing Muntele (Mount) Bârcaciu. There is also a way east, under the peak, safer for winter ascents.
|Getting to the ridge|
The view from the mount's back is beautiful and it's full of blueberries and all sorts of flowers. We were climbing before sunset, with the sun behind us and the air was quite hazy, shrouding Transylvania with a blueish mist. The mount was dotted green from juniper, brownish-orange from Agrostis and bright pink from Bruckenthalia, poking it's flowery head around the rocks.
|A view of Barcaciu Chalet from Mount Barcaciu|
|A view from Mount Barcaciu|
|Garbova and the trail mark|
To the left (east) we could see Negoiu peak (2535m) in the distance and one of the mightiest secondary ridges: Piscul Tunsului (the sheering ridge), connected to the main ridge by Custura Ciobanului (the shepperd's narrows). In front of it is Piscul Şerbotei (Serbota's ridge), holding Negoiu Chalet on it's back.
|A view to the east from Mount Barcaciu|
|Mount Barcaciu in the evening light|
|My lady of the flowers|
|The sunset from Mount Barcaciu|