Hike to Ďurkovec and Riaba skála

View of Pľaša from Sedlo pod Ďurkovcom
View of Pľaša from Sedlo pod Ďurkovcom
View of Runin from Sedlo pod Ďurkovcom
View of Runin from Sedlo pod Ďurkovcom
View of Riabu rock
View of Riabu rock

Back in September we decided to try hiking in Poloniny. It took us to the village of Runina, where we also stayed. After a short conversation with the locals, we chose the destination Ďurkovec and Riaba skala. Note: This is a local name, in the literature this hill is called Jarabá skala.

First we had to get to the very end of the village, where we arrived at a panoramic map, thanks to which we learned the local names of the local hills. One of the more interesting is definitely Saganovec. We chose not the green sign, like most tourists, but we cut it to the left across the meadows along a dirt road. Thanks to this, the ascent through the gentle hills offered us wonderful views of the highest village of Horný Zemplín and its surroundings. Along the way, we met a young couple who enjoyed a picnic and also a mother with children who used this magical environment for photos at least for a family album. 

We reached a crossroads with a signpost, which showed us the way to the pilgrimage site of Tri studničky and to Sedlo pod Ďurkovcem, which was our first destination, so we continued along the green tourist sign. Fortunately, we walked along the plain for a while, which we enjoyed with a short break. According to our acquaintances, the description of the section that was now waiting for us should have been shorter, but steeper. However, he had to wait a long time, as his subtle characteristics were miles away from reality. The couple we met several times on the route felt the same way. Once we overtook them, then they overtook us. This is how we motivated ourselves to Sedlo pod Ďurkovcom, where we lost them.

However, everything we have experienced so far has suddenly turned into relief and joy from what we see. The feeling when you feel free (even if you have a partner) and happy. First target unchecked. Although we were still tempted to go in the direction of Pľaša, we turned right to Ďurkovec. We left the village late and we still had a visit to Rusky Potok. So we continue along the red tourist sign.

After climbing another of the destination hills, where we met mostly Polish tourists, we continued along the ridge to Riaba rock. We didn't find the prospect we heard about there, so we followed the instructions. After about 500 meters of walking, we finally reached the coveted place, from where we observed Poloniny in the palm of our hand. We did "One photo, please!" for a lone wolf hiker and went a little rest in the sun. Coffee, bread from Topole and good treats gave us energy to descend to the village along the same route.

Autumn in Poloniny bursts with colors, which we had the opportunity to experience in the Havešová National Nature Reserve, where you can only get accompanied by an employee of the State Nature Protection of the Slovak Republic. Try to find a moment for yourself and recharge your batteries for the long winter evenings that await us. We have also filtered for you accommodation options during the winter, which you will find at this link. You can also sleep in the freely accessible shelters, which you can read more about here.

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