We managed to get a mini bus from Zakopane to Kuznice today which was super good and shaved off 3km of walking! Woohoo!
This was a bit of a funny hike. Originally, we thought we’d go to a lake called Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy from Kuznice, but put in some more ascent to get to Kasprowy Wierch instead.
We took the blue path and then the yellow path (left hand side).
The first section of the ascent is in the forest. More rocky paths and more sore feet – yay! Before too long we were out of the trees for a our first views over Zakopane. (About 1300m – I was like woaaah we’re so high! It’s weird to regularly have been up at that level now).
Climbed up some more and back down to 1500m where there was a nice stone mountain house with restaurant and more importantly toilets. Did make Dan go in first because I couldn’t work out which door it was.
At this point we could either carry on as planned to the lake, or head up the mountain. I was skeptical, but the mountain won out.
Not to worry though! Saw a small lake with the remaining snow in the background instead.
Stopped for snacks with 55 minutes left according to the sign. In reality it was a fair bit longer.
From here onwards, the path got rockier and steeper and I wasn’t having much fun.
Looking behind at the path we’d walked was pretty crazy.
An English speaker offered to take our photo which was nice! I took one for a family earlier in the day, asking the question via hand signalling.
The top was pretty crowded because you can also access it by cable car. It still gave us some stunning views. It’s also right on the Slovakian border, though I don’t think I crossed into Slovakia this time. It was also nearly 1900m – a new high for me!
Having never been in a cable car down a mountain before, well, it was too nice to resist. Saved my ankles alot of pain on the steep bit of the descent, and means I can do more hikes in the remaining days.
Back in Kuznice, we finally tried Polish dumplings, which were really good but probably a bit much on a sunny day post-hike. Even still, we walked back to Zakopane, which is a nice gentle downhill.
I’m glad we did this walk, but now I’m really tired and have already had a little nap. I’m having the best time, it’s really awesome to have a large-ish hiking town so close to the mountains – and not having to hire a car was a huge win.