There is a dense and well organized network of tourist paths that let travelers discover the beauty of the mountains of Gorj County. The northern part of the region can be easily explored on foot by those who love mountaineering and camping. Although some of the paths can only be approached by experienced hikers with adequate equipment and good physical condition, most of them have an easy or moderate difficulty. The Gorj County hiking paths are relatively well maintained and marked, although some need restoration. The tourist paths are listed below, some of them with parts in neighboring counties.


  1. Lainici – Babei peak – Reciul mountain – Ciocârliul Grivelor – Parângul Mare peak – Curmătura Gruiul – Roșiile sheepfold | Red Band (Parângul Mare peak – Gruiul pass) | 11-13 hours
  2. Novaci – Gilort valley – Rânca lodge | The track follows the forest roads of Gilort Valley | 7-8 hours
  3. Novaci – Cerbul mountain – Rânca lodge | Red Triangle | 4-5 hours
  4. Rusu lodge – Parângul Mare peak – Câlcescu lake – Obârșia Lotrului lodge  | Red Band | 11½ – 13 hours
  5. Rânca lodge – Urdele mountain – Iezerul valley – Obârșia Lotrului lodge | Red Triangle, Red Band, Red Triangle | 6½ – 7½ hours
  6. Roșiile sheepfold – Verde lake – Cârja peak – Slivei mountain – Roșiile sheepfold | unmarked path, Red Band, unmarked path | 4½ – 5½ hours
  7. Roșiile sheepfold – Slivei mountain – Piciorul Gemănarea – Polatiștea valley – Iscroni |  unmarked path, Red Cross, road | 8½ – 9 hours
  8. Obârșia Lotrului lodge – Ștefanul pass – Cărbunele mountain – Mohorul peak – Lacurilor horn – Câlcescu lake | Red Band, road, unmarked path, Red Triangle | 6½ – 7½ hours
  9. Câlcescu lake – Păsări lake – Coasta lui Rus peak – Groapa Seacă – Obârșia Lotrului lodge | Red Triangle, unmarked path, road | 7-8 hours
  10. Câlcescu lake – Piatra Tăiată – Mohorul peak – Păpușa mountain – Rânca lodge | Red Band, Red Triangle, road | 6-7 hours
  11. Rânca lodge – Păpușa peak – Curmătura Oltețului  | Red Triangle, road, unmarked path | 4½ – 5½ hours
  12. Curmătura Oltețului – Oltețului gorges – Polovragi | unmarked path, forest road | 4½ – 5½ hours
  13. Baia de Fier – Muierii  cave – Plaiul Ogorul – Cerbul mountain – Rânca lodge | Red Triangle for the last section | 5-6 hours
  14. Roșiile sheepfold – Gruiu pass – Parângul Mare peak – Groapa pass – Molidviș mountain – Muncel mountain – Stăncești village | Red Cross | 7-8 hours
  15. Baia de Fier – Muierii Cave lodge – Ogorul peak – Florile Albe pass – Rânca lodge | Blue Triangle between Baia de Fier and Florile Albe Pass and Red Triangle for the last section | 6-7 hours

 

Hiking Gorj County


  1. Lainici camping – Lainici trainstation – Locurele hermitage | Red Circle | 2 hours
  2. Buliga house – La Varnița – Priporu Mare mountain – Vâjoaia valley – Pleșa valley – Sadului Valley trainstation | Blue Triangle| 4-5 hours
  3. Câmpușel hunting house – Ursu mountain – Coada Oslei peak – Oslea peak – Câmpușel Hunting house | Red Triangle partially | 6 hours
  4. Câmpușel hunting house – Coada Oslei mountain – Groapa Nedeuții pass – La Bârloagă – Bistrița valley – Peștișani | Red Triangle | 11½ hours
  5. Bucium-Sohodol complex – Dâlma Căzută pass – Valea de Pești motel | Red Triangle | 7½ hours
  6. Curpen – Vaidei – Șușița valley – Dealu valley – Cracu lui Frate – Scrideiu valley – Prislop pass – Straja lodge | Blue Triangle | 8 hours
  7. Iscroni – Gambrinus motel – Cindetu valley – Vâlcan pass – Loghin pass | Blue Triangle | 6-7 hours
  8. Tismana monastery – Ponorici creek – Bistricioara valley – Bistrița valley – Vâja valley – Gârbovu valley – Scocul Jiului – Câmpul lui Neag lodge | Red Cross between Tismana and Scocul Jiului, Red Triangle for the last part, only in summer | 13 hours
  9. Tismana nonastery – Cioclovina mountain – Bou mountain – La Suliți pass – Jiu-Cerna pass – Câmpușel hunting house | Blue Triangle |  9½ hours
  10. Răchiți – Runcu – Sohodol gorges – Bucium Sohodol complex | Red Triangle | 3 – 3½ hours
  11. Sâmbotin – Schela – Colnic pasture – Mihai Viteazu pasture – Buliga house – Zânoaga mountain – Vâlcan pass – Vâlcan lodge | Blue Dot between Sâmbotin and Buliga House, Red Triangle for the second part | 8 hours

  1. Cerna village – Plaiul Oslei – Oslea Românească peak – Godeanu peak | Yellow Band  | 6-8 hours
  2. Galbena peak – Paltina peak – Curmătura Soarbele – Buta lodge | Red Band from Piatra lui Iorgovan | 7 hours
  3. Valea lui Iovan lake dam – Valea lui Iovan D.F. – Cracul Mocirliu – Mâțului Pass | Blue Cross | 5-6 hours
  4. Paltina pass – Sturu peak – Paltina peak – Gârdomanu pass – Galbena peak – Micușa peak – Scărișoara peak – Mâțului pass – under Spălat Peak – under Godeanu peak – Tucila peak – Olanelor peak – Curmătura Olanelor | Red Band | 8-10 hours
  5. Scărișoara peak – Plaiul Bulzului – Bulzu sheephold – Valea lui Iovan D.F. – Valea lui Iovan lake dam | Red Cross | 7-8 hours
  6. Cernei river spring – Iacovleanu D.F. – Plaiul Gârdomanu – Gârdomanu ridge – Gârdomanu peak – Gârdomanu pass | unmarked | 4½ – 5½ hours

  1. Cerna-Sat village – Plaiul Cernei – main ridge, south of Cioaca Înaltă peak – Capra-Motru Sec-Motru Sec valley confluence – Motru Sec valley – Motru Sec village | Blue Triangle | 6 – 7 hours
  2. Cerna Sat village – Cioaca Înaltă peak – Motru Sec valley – Motru Sec village | Red Triangle | 3½ – 4 hours