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We did during the winter and it was gorgeous, don’t forget the spikes for the boots.

The main trail from entrance to just before the pond is flat and easy. The walk up to the cave entrance is not bad, a little rocky that’s all. The cave temperature is 6 degrees and now it costs 4 zł per person. It’s a one way cave and in parts very narrow and slippery so be prepared. Don’t enter in shoes without grip and without a jacket/jumper. Not much to see inside however, when you exit the view is beautiful and because it’s a one way trail you must pass through the cave to see it. The trail recommend leaving it last but that makes no sense, if you want to see it or the beautiful valley view after, take the first turn towards the cave. You will rejoin the main path after. The pond is beautiful, a brief rocky hike, nothing too difficult. There is a side trail loop half way through, something with Krakow in the name, estimated to take 1h but be prepared for climbing with chains on slippery rocks. The walk over the rocks on this loop trail is beautiful, something different and more challenging from the main path.

This trail is a 15' wide paved road, so more of a walk than a hike. There is light vehicular traffic as well as the horse carriages that take a lot of people up and down the road. Morskie Oko is one of the most beautiful places I have seen, but it would have been much more rewarding if one didn't have to walk the road the whole way.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

nice view

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

I came to Poland to Zakopane in the High Tatras of the Carpathians specifically to hike the trail to Morskie Oko, despite the amount of snow I knew there would be, and depending on the conditions at the time try and reach the lake that overlooks Morskie Oko, Czarny Staw Pod. Generally throughout, the trail follows a road which is used to take tourists up via horse pushed carriages although there are various points where you can follow a side trail which is very much worth it. Beautiful views of the High Tatra mountains throughout but the real gem is at Morskie Oko, a surreal view of the lake and mountains which looks like something out of Game of Thrones. Once here I decided to push to reach Czarny Staw and crossed the frozen lake down the middle and soon found how ardeous reaching the top would be: Snow up to my knees, sometimes to my waist, and a considerable steepness that forced me to scramble most of the way up. Despite almost giving up about 8 times on the way up, I managed to reach the top and was greeted with a whiteout where I couldn't even see the lake directly in front of me, not to mention the mountain peaks behind it. The view of Morskie Oko was incredibly nice but I couldn't relax too long as night was fast approaching and I had to make my way back to the start again. I ended up walking the great majority of the way back alone in utter silence and darkness, a reward in itself. I must note that I did this trail in December, with considerable snow. This meant the trail didn't have much people and had whole kilometers to myself, day and at night. That said, this trail is heavily occupied in summer, just google some pictures and you will see. Despite this, with the immense beauty of the area I am already looking forward to coming back one summer and tackling one of the multi day treks that wind through the mountains and peak some of them. I can at least highly recommend coming here in winter if you are a fan of snow hiking.

Beautiful mountains. Great hike.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Very interesting, modern city.

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