Significant mountain in border ridge of Bieszczady, partly in two national parks and nature reserve. Also an important marked trails junction.
< 1 hour
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Just another significant peak in main border ridge of Bieszczady. Stands at 1199 m above sea level, although new measurements made in last few years show different heights. Poland/Slovakia border crosses Raba Skała. Poloniny National Park on Slovak side. On Polish side Raba marks western end of Bieszczady National Park, and eastern end of Ciśniańsko-Wetliński Park Krajobraowy (landscape park). Important marked trails juntion, with Polish blue trail "Karpacki" following the border, adn Raba is the first point, after a very long stretch coming from east, where hikers are allowed to take off the ridge, and descend into the valleys to the north, which makes it one of most difficult trails in Poland. That is due to nature protection in Polish national park, and closing off the Moczarne valley, which used to be a short cut for all those hiking on the main ridge. Two yellow trails are also available on Raba, Polish starts directly on top of the hill, and runs north, towards the village of Wetlina, while Slovak yellow trail starts a bit to the east of the top, and this trail ends up in Nova Sedlica village. Few hundred yards further east from Slovak yellow trail but still on top of the ridge, there's a small viewing tarrace, located just above very steep "abyss", with views all over Slovakian part of Bieszczady (Bukovske Vrchy in Slovakia). While Riaba Skała can be conquered on a round trip from Slovakian side, starting in Nova Sedlica, from Polish side best to climb it is to start in Wetlina Osada, using green marks, 3:00-3:30 h to the top, then back same route for most of the time, in the second half of return follow yellow marks to the centre of Wetlina, that adds about 2:30 h to the hike.
Written 1 March 2020
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