Diablak (1725 m above sea level) is the highest peak of the Babia Góra massif in the Żywiec Beskids. Diablak is also the highest peak of the Western Beskids in Poland. We went to Babia Góra twice in early May. For the first time, in the clouds and rain, we walked along the red trail from the Krowiarki Pass - the route to the top and back is: 10 km and 3.5 hours. The second time, with much better weather: trekking from Zawoja by black trail to the shelter on Markowe Szczawiny and through the Brona pass (red trial) to the top. The entire route is about 20 km and 7 hours of walking.
A view of Babia Góra
A beautiful May morning at Babia Góra. This is our fourth day in waiting for such weather - it was worth being patient!
Spring in Zawoja
We went to Babia Góra from Zawoja. There was beautiful spring weather at the foot of the mountain.
Black hiking trail to Babia Gora
There are several tourist routes from Zawoja to Babia Góra. We went along the black tourist trail through Stary Groń to the mountain hostel Markowe Szczawiny.
A trail through a clearing in the forest
A beautiful view of the Babia Góra massif from the glade. There were almost no tourists on the route.
Mountain hostel - Markowe Szczawiny
Mountain hostel PTTK Markowe Szczawiny near Babia Góra. New, large mountain refuge - you can eat, drink, relax and spend the night here.
Difficult weather conditions at Babia Góra
We went up the red trail from the hostel. Due to difficult weather conditions Perc Academikow (yellow hiking trail) was closed. Above the Mark Szczawiny there were more than a meter of snow in some places at the beginning of May. It was not easy to go uphill and even harder to get down :-)
A view from Little Babia Gora
We went along the red trail from the Przełęcz Brona to the west towards Mała Babia Góra (1517 m). There is a beautiful view of the Diablak peak.
The peak of Babia Góra
The higher - the stronger the wind and the colder it gets. when we left the village in the valley there were about 15 Celcius degrees, but on the top of about zero C... It is worth having a lot of warm clothes with you. Fortunately, in addition to the fleece and jacket with a hood, I had 2 hats and gloves.
Diablak peak of Babia Góra
Diablak 1725 m this is the peak of Babia Góra. There was a very strong wind at the top. Fortunately, you can hide behind a stone wall.
Views from the top of Diablak mountain
View from the top of Diablak to the west. We waited until late afternoon for the summit. The weather was variable during the day - sometimes the sun was shining and sometimes the sky was full of clouds. However, it cleared up in the evening and our waiting was rewarded with amazing views.
Babia Góra National Park
Babiogórski National Park was founded in 1954 to protect nature around the Babia Góra massif. The area of the park is almost 34 km 2. There is a plant - Apiaceae (Laserpitium archangelica) in the logo of the park. This plant grows in Poland only in the Babiogórski National Park.
North slope of Babia Góra
Evening light in the mountains ... For photography enthusiasts is a trap - you can not finish shooting and admiring the views... the dark is coming ... and home is still far away ...
Snow on a hiking trail in May
There are almost a meter of snow in the place on the trail. The temperature falls below zero C and the snow turns into ice in the evening... There is really slippery! But we do not hurry in such moments. We admire with each moment more saturated colors and longer shadows ...
The red trail from the Brona pass
Night is coming - a quick walk along the red trail from the Brona Pass to the mountain hostel for a quick supper and return to Zawoja. It was a beautiful day and an amazing evening.
In the further part of this photorelation are pictures from our first (cloudy - misty - rainy) trek to the Diablak from Krowiarki Pass. Only two days earlier, but what a huge difference in weather conditions ...
After two days of waiting for better weather, we decided that if it's almost not raining then we have to go to the mountains. We chose a short route from the Krowiarki Pass to Diablak and back. After paying for "entering the forest" at the ticket office of Babia Góra National Park, we went along the red trail.
The higher - the more clouds... there was no wind that day ...quiet and foggy forest hides secrets ...
Winter on Babia Góra
After leaving the forest white surrounded us - at the bottom of the snow and the fog above ... Winter does not leave this mountain until May ...
Devil Castle on Babia Góra
Are these the ruins of the legendary castle at the top of Diablak? According to old stories, the Devil built here an castle for a highwayman... And what's interesting is that on the Devil's Mountain (on the old German maps called Teufelspitze) there is also a stone altar ...
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