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Lubomierz – the Przysłop Pass – the Borek Pass – Turbacz – the Borek Pass - Kudłoń – Lubomierz

The route is recommended for nature lovers. The section along the Kamienica stream allows you to see how a stream and later a small river, which has its source in the Hala Turbacz and which is a tributary of the Dunajec, comes to exist.
Starting the walk in the middle of the Lubomierz route, you must first go through the village towards Szczawa to the Przysłop Pass. The blue trail starts right behind the pass, at the foot of the Lanckorona Mount. Then, you must turn right and slowly climb up by walking along the Kamienica stream through the Gorce National Park. Along the way, the trail leads through the Papieżówka clearing and further through the Kamienica Valley to the Borek pass. Here, taking the yellow trail, to the left you come to the hostel on Turbacz. After having a rest, follow the same route back, up to the Borek pass, and continue the journey further along the yellow trail until you reach Kudłoń. From there, the yellow trail can take you either to the Przysłop Pass or, if you turn left, to the black trail leading the way to the centre of Lubomierz.

Some information on the places along the trail:

Papieżówka - a small clearing on the right bank of the Kamienica stream. It includes one hut. In August 1976, the then Archbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyła, stayed for two weeks in the hut in the Przysłop Clearing. He organised focus days there and wandered in the Gorce Mountains. He chose this place because of its remoteness and tranquillity, but also because he had already known it from his previous trips to Gorce. He lived in very poor conditions, the only things in the hut were a wooden table, a stool made of  a tree trunk and a bunk bed made of branches. He personally hand-stacked all the stones in front of the stone hut. Nobody recognised him during that stay in the Gorce Mountains.

Turbacz - the highest peak in the Gorce Mountains (1310 m), located in the centre of the mountain ridge and composed of flysch.
The tip of Turbacz is located outside the Gorce National Park, whose boundary is slightly to the west and the north side of the peak.

Turbacz stands out in nothing in its large peak dome. It is surrounded by a thick pine forest, and thus, there are no beautiful views from the mountain. There is a stone obelisk of a triangulation tower and an iron cross with dates from 1945 to 1985 written on it. In the past, the tip was deforested and wide views stretched from it. In 1832, using a telescope, you could see Kraków from there. For most tourists the Turbacz name is associated with the PTTK hostel building on Turbacz, which stands in the wide Wolnica clearing (part of the Hala Długa).

Kudłoń (1274 m) – the fourth highest peak in Gorce is located northeast of Turbacz, in the ridge connecting the Turbacz with the Beskid Wyspowy (through the Przysłop Pass). It is the most difficult peak of the Gorce National Park. Its name derives from the surname of “Kudeł” or “Kudła”.

Like on other peaks of the Gorce, on Kudłoń there are also clearings on which pasturing animals has taken place for several hundred years. Herding reached its highest intensity before World War II. Then, it gradually reduced until the complete abandonment of pasturing; since then the clearing has been gradually overgrowing with berry plants and the forest flora.
On the Kudłoń there are the most numerous and best known in the whole Gorce Mountains rock outcrops. In the top part there are three clusters of impressive sandstone rocks with height up to 20 m. The most famous of these rocks is the Kudłoński Baca, on the northern slopes.

Time required to cover the whole route: 7h 5m
Length of the entire route: 22,6km