“The mountain has left me feeling renewed, more content and positive than I’ve been for weeks, as if something has been given back after a long absence, as if my eyes have opened once again”.
― Richard Nelson, The Island Within
I couldn't resist using the above quote in this post - it perfectly describes my feelings after hiking in Babia Góra National Park.
At that time I felt a strong urge to go to the mountains. It was almost 2 months since my last stay in the mountains and I'd not been hiking since early January (I like hiking the best!). So, free weekend finally came and off we went to breathe some fresh air and warm up before our challenging holidays in July (via ferrata honeymoon's coming, oh yeah!).
So, we chose Babia Góra National Park as destination for our first spring mountain hike. What's important to me, this National Park offers amazing view of Tatra mountains. And we didn't have to get to the highest point to admire the majestic snowy peaks - Tatra mounts were visible when we just got over 1500 metres. Highly rewarding perk
Babia Góra (1725 metres) is actually the highest peak in Beskidy mountain range. There are several trails leading to the mount. We chose the quickest one starting at Krowiarki's Pass (1012 metres).
After having short break at the peak we decided to go to Mała babia Góra (1517 metres). Then, we followed red trail to Markowe Szczawiny hut and headed to our starting point Krowiarki along blue trail. The blue one is a pleasant forest path which can be done with baby pram.
The whole hike is about 15 kilometres long - not that little but the height difference isn't big. In general, the route we did is nice and easy and I'd highly recommend it to families with children - it's perfect idea if you're in need of active and healthy one-day getaway. The only difficult spot is stone run on the west side (blue-green-red trail) but I saw children who hiked it much faster than me.
How about you, does hiking make you happier?