Bearfence Mountain is a short but challenging rock scramble, at times a bare ridge line with a cliff falling away on one or both sides, with echoes of Piatra Mica in Romania. Hike the Piatra Craiului Mountains without a passport or an airplane or an international layover! Who knows how we’re supposed to get anywhere in Europe now that Britain has Brexited and Heathrow-to-Europe is an international border crossing?
Max elevation: 3555 ft
Min elevation: 3298 ft
Total climbing: 448 ft
Total descent: -453 ft
Average speed: 1.93 mi/h
Total time: 01:17:00
We arrived at 9am on a Monday and saw no one until we got back to the bottom around 10:15am, at which point three families were converging on the trail.
It begins with pinchy climbs over pointy rocks, and equally pinchy descents.
Then the vista opens up.
I tried and failed to capture the scale.
So Dar will illustrate.
The ridge dropped off to each side, forming a rock bridge.
It’s a fairly lengthy bridge.
After which you get to go down again!
There are domains to be surveyed as if we were the first to ever see them.
You could reverse-scramble back to the beginning, but we had an additional hike on our agenda for the day, so we took the non-scrambly path back through the woods.
|Elevation Gain||448 feet|
|Moving Time||54 hours, 23 minutes|
|Total Time||1 hours, 17 minutes|
|Average Pace||61 minutes per mile / 1.4 mph|
|Pack||CamelBak Aventura hydration pack|
|Navigation||Phone 6 with AllTrails Pro|
|Shoes||Hoka One One Challenger ATR 5 trail running shoes|
|Clothes||Socks: Injinji Trail Midweight Mini Crew Toesocks|
Bottom: quick dry running shorts
Shirt: short sleeve wicking tee
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