With three ski slopes, Vârtop is one of the most important winter resorts in the Apuseni Mountains.

Vârtop

Ruginoasa Abyss

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GPS Coordinates:
46,52538 N, 22,65213 E

The Ruginoasa Abyss is a huge gullet with rust-coloured clefts. It was formed by erosion heavy, extremely active deposits of quartzites, sandstones and red clays. It is the wound of the mountain, erosion is still working, enlarging the measures of the huge hall.

Nowadays it is 600m wide and more than 100m deep. Its walls have lurched, leading towards the middle part of the hall, where the Seacă Valley can be found with very narrow parts, which are passable only for alpinists. On the other side of the 4km long abyss we can find the Flora meadow, the white cliffs in the faraway are the limestones of Galbena.

Access:

From the Vârtop saddle we can get there on the yellow stripe. The blaze starts 10 min away from the saddle, from a huge notice board. Here we leave the road, go across the brook and climbing 40 minutes to the edge of a clearing, where we can see the shape of a saddle. As soon as we get to it, we can see the sight of Ruginoasa Abyss at our feet. We go back the same where we came, on the yellow stripe mark.

Ștei - Vârtop saddle Băița-Țapu peak-Vârtop Ruginoasa Abyss, Vârtop , Photo: Sorin Stanciu
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Ruginoasa Abyss, Vârtop , Photo: Tőrös Víg Csaba Ruginoasa Abyss, Vârtop , Photo: Tőrös Víg Csaba Ruginoasa Abyss, Vârtop , Photo: Mezei Elemér In the direction Ruginoasa Abyss, Photo: Cristian Vîrciu Ruginoasa Abyss, Vârtop , Photo: Tőrös Víg Csaba In the direction Vertop saddle, Photo: Cristian Vîrciu

From here start, the marked routes

Vârtop saddle-Ruginoasa Abyss Băița-Vârtop saddle-Arieșeni

7 km away, from Arieșeni goes

Arieșeni-Vârciorog waterfall Arieșeni-Pietroasa Băița-Vârtop saddle-Arieșeni

18 km away, from Gârda de Sus goes 2 pathway to the Pestera Scărișoara

Gârda de Sus-Mununa-Scărișoara Padiș - Gârda de Sus

On this way is the

Poarta lui Ionele cave Ordâncușii Narrow

Informations from the other marked pathways:

Interactive map of Apuseni Mountains Interactive table of Apuseni Mountain's marked pathways

Distance to the sights, situated in this area (max.150km)

10 km

Arieșeni * Accomodation * Wooden church

18 km

Gârda de Sus * Accomodation * Wooden church (1792)

18 km

Băița

* Accomodation *

33 km

Vașcău, cave Campaneasca, the periodical emergence

35 km

Scărișoara

* Accomodation *

43 km

Albac * Accomodation * Orthodox church Ethnography museum

46 km

Beiuș * Accomodation *

50 km

Horea * Accomodation * Mot house Ethnographic museum Horea memorial house Wooden church, Mătișești

52 km

Vadu Moților * Accomodation * Orthodox church Etnographyc museum Mills Wooden church Lăzești

52 km

Bear-cave

57 km

Mihoești

65 km

Avram Iancu - Memorial house and etnographyc museum

65 km

Copăceni, Wooden church

66 km

Hălmagiu Ortodox church The old Ortodox church, from the XII-XIII century.

68 km

Vidra * Accomodation * Wooden church Goiești The snail hill - Nemes village Pisoaia Waterfall - Nemes village The church from Ciungi Gaina mountain

71 km

Detunata

74 km

Roșia Montana

78 km

Lupsa * Accomodation * Lupșa monastery Stone church built in 1421 Ethnographyc museum

84 km

Țebea, Horea, secular oak, and the grave of Avram Iancu

89 km

Huda of Papapra Cave

91 km

Brad, The Gold Museum

91 km

Hidișelu de Jos, Wooden church

97 km

Băile Felix * Accomodation *

100 km

Băile 1 Mai * Accomodation *

110 km

Scărița-Belioara Reservation

109 km

Oradea * Accomodation *

140 km

Rimetea * Accomodation * Unitarian church Gellei Anna private museum Ida néni private museum Water-mill (1752) The oldest house of the village Folk art museum

From Rimetea a trail travels to the Szekler's Stone 1 1/2 h

Szekler's stone

144 km

Colțești The castle Coltesti Unitarian church Reformed church Catholic church Balázs Janó statue park Folk Art Museum

152 km

Turda with salt mines and old churches. The Turzii Gorge

This sights appears to the interactive maps road

road DN75 Lunca-Turda road DN76 Oradea-Deva

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