Ştei – Vârtop Saddle Trail
Duration: 7-8 h
Length: 21 km
Level difference: +1300 m / -400 m
Notes: difficult road, accessible only in summer.
The route starts from DN (national road) 76 Oradea- Ștei, follows the road to the Hospital of Neurology approx. 50 m, on the paved road turns right, crosses a pasture in the direction E, and enters the forest. At the exit it crosses a pasture, and the Hârseşti-Upper Valley road and enters back into the woods. After approx. 1 hour 20 minutes of smooths uphill, on the Fața Goala Peak, (640 m), from which it descends eastwards, it passes a dolin and after 25 minutes of ascent, it reaches the first spring.
Further it passes near the Brusturi Peak, Dosurile Peak, and meets with the Bears Cave Circuit. After a common journey of approx. 300 m, the red dot leaves us and our route goes up to the Grohoților Peak (808 m), from where it descends to the Măgura Valley. It follows the valley about 150 meters, then it climbs the ridge.
From the end of the forestry road, the trail continues on the Cheia Rea Peak, until a confluence, from where it goes up in serpentines, and after 20 minutes it reaches a spring. Here, it turns 180 degrees to the right and after 15 minutes it arrives on the Moților old road, Calea Fusului.
The path goes to the Țârău Peak, it crosses the road that coming from Seacă Valley, it passes the Țapu Peak (1474 m), it passes the Ruginoasa Pit and goes down to DN (national road) 75, at 10 min. from Vârtop saddle.