The Rooster’s Crest – Budeşti Trail

Start: Creasta Cocoșului’s foothills;

Finish: Budeşti;

Reference points: Creasta Cocoșului – Drumul Mlăcii – DJ 109 F – Valea Oanța – Gura Râielor – Budeşti;

Distance: 22 km; Elevation difference: 450 m; Trail grade: maximum – 30%; average – 7%;

Difficulty level: D


An epic route, which has the “audacity” to link the Rooster’s Crest to the Văratec Piedmont and the village of Budeşti, following various roads, with no shortage of obstacles. Of the total of 22 km, barely over 4 km run on asphalt. The rest is both delightful and off-road. The trail is interspersed with countless panorama spots, pastoral trails running through spruce forests, vistas which on clear days break through as far away as the neighbouring countries. The trail arouses the travellers’ curiosity, promising to reveal a way to access the Cosău Valleywhich is totally different from the usual one: more adventurous, less travelled, and more idyllic.

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Spectacular scenery

Adventurous downhill rides

Blazed trails

The UNESCO church in Budești Josani (1643)