Northern part from Obarşia Lotrului
Once at the origin continue the path near the river Lotru in the reserve sense to its flow, until the bridge Ştefanu. From there the touristic path begins through the woods beside the river. The route is marked with a red cross. Attention! Marking is old and hardly noticeable on some portions.
Obârşia Lotrului-Galcescu: 3-4 hours.
Southern part from Novaci city
This is the best route. From Novaci, continue on DN 67C to Rânca touristic area (18 Km). This road connects Novaci-Obârşia Lotrului-Sebeş Alba. On this road at about 10km from the touristic area Rânca, after you have passed Păpuşa Peak, the touristic route starts and it’s marked by red tape. The route is restored and smoothly. This route continues to Ruşu resort. After you cross Mohoru Peak the path branches off. A straight variant reaches Great Parângu and respectively Ruşu chalet, while the other version to the right goes down to the bucket lakes and reaches Galcescu Lake.
Rânca-Galcescu: 6-7 hours.
Western part from Petroşani city
From Petroşani climb west on the road to chalet Rusu for about 6 Km. From here you can choose the chairlift to Rusu resort or on foot about 1.5 h. Further the route is marked with red tape, climbs by the Great Parâng and at Piatra Tăiată peak, the route branches off. A variant is straight forward and reaches DN 67C, respectively Rânca touristic area. The other option to the left descends in bucket lakes and reaches Galcescu lake.
Rusu – Galcesu: 8-9 hours. Have a nice trip!
Mountain Trails in Parâng mountains
Novaci – Gilortului Valley – Rânca Chalet. Marking: trail follows the forest roads of Gilortului Valley. Walking time: 7-8 hours.
Novaci – Cerbu Mount – Rânca Chalet. Marking: red triangle. Walking time: 4-5 hours.
Baia de Fier –Peştera Muierii Chalet. Marking: upgraded road route. Walking time: 0.5 – 0.75 hours.
Cîmpa – Voievodu Chalet. Marking: red triangle; forest road. Walking time: 2 – 2.25 hours.
Rânca Chalet – Urdele Mount – Iezerul Valley – Obarşia Lotrului Chalet. Marking: red triangle, red tape and red triangle. Walking time: 6.5 – 7.5 hours.
Voievodu Chalet – Poiana Muierii – Obarşia Lotrului Chalet. Marking: red triangle. Walking time: 6-7 hours.
Obarşia Lotrului Chalet – Groapa Seaca – Capra Peak – Poiana Muierii – Voievodului Chalet. Marking: road, unmarked path, red triangle. Walking time: 9-10 hours.
Călcescu Lake – Piatra Tăiată – Mohorul Peak – Păpuşa Mount – Rânca Chalet. Marking: red tape, red triangle, road. Walking time: 6-7 hours.
Rânca Chalet – Păpuşa Peak – Curmătura Olteţului. Marking: red triangle, road, unmarked path. Walking time: 4.5 – 5.5 hours.
Curmătura Olteţului – Cheile Olteţului – Polovragi. Marking: unmarked path, forest road. Walking time: 4.5 – 5.5 hours.