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Zbojnícka Brána - Pieniny, Slovakia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rikitan
N 49° 22.872 E 020° 27.624
34U E 460834 N 5469973
Quick Description: Zbojnícka Brána (Outlaw’s Gate) is 5 metres high limestone rock window, hidden on southern slopes of Haligovce Rocks that belong to Pieniny National Park. Along with a cave in front of the Gate, it belongs to Park’s most interesting natural beauties.
Location: Prešovský kraj, Slovakia
Date Posted: 10/26/2014 11:54:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMMQJV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

Zbojnícka Brána (Outlaw’s Gate), Pieniny

Zbojnícka Brána (Outlaw’s Gate) is approx. 5 metres high limestone rock window, hidden on southern slopes of Haligovské skaly (Haligovce Rocks) that belong to Pieniny National Park. Along with a cave right in front of this stone gate, it belongs to most interesting natural beauties of Pieniny mountain range.

Mountains

Haligovské skaly is slovak name for group of limestone rock formations, towering high above village Haligovce in far north of Slovakia. Rocks belong to mountain range and National Park Pieniny. Border with Poland is just few kilometres northwards.

In typical reef relief are mainly on the ridge and on the southern and south-western slopes the groups of bizarre rocky towers and rocks (Biela, Cervená, Sovia, Koncistá, Hrubá), gutters, water-karst valleys (Široká, Hlboká) and limestone debris.

In the rocks is a number of passages, cavities and caves. The most famous cave is Aksamitka in Cervená Skala (Red Rock), Brestová Diera (White Elm hole) in the rock, about 30 meters long cave Zbojnícka (Outlaw’s) under Hrubá Skala (the Rough Rock), famous by 5 metres high rock window called Outlaw’s Gate.

Smaller cavities and caves are remnants of larger underground spaces, which are swamped. Caves were known to the local population in early Middle Ages.

Access

It is best to park your car up in the mountain pass, called Lesnícke sedlo. Then just follow marked hiking path (red signs) westwards. Trail will lead you through large meadow to forest without any notable climb, terrain is quite flat and comfy. After few hundreds metres you will find yourself in between various rock formations.

Follow green marked trail from crossroad and descend down the path to find Outlaw’s Gate and Cave. They are stunning! It’s not too difficult half-day long hike, great views to valleys and further to High Tatras are guaranteed. Solid hiking boots and poles are very recommended, because some parts of the trail leads through exposed steep terrain on rocky reefs.

Also check and download GPS tracklog, the Outlaw’s Gate and Cave are off the marked trails and path is barely visible. More pictures from our hike can be found on my Flickr account.

Map

You can view (or print) hiking map of the area from wandermap.net or mapy.hiking.sk, or download the tracklog.

Gallery

Other references

Click below to see additional related information, articles, photos, GPS tracks and more.

sources: pieniny.sk, own visit and photos

Photo of the Arch by itself?: yes

Type of Arch: Water Eroded

Type of Material:
limestone


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