Droga pod Reglami (Alpine Path) is an
interesting trail, running though the eastern-western line, it
connects outlets of few valleys, from Kuźnica to Siwa Polana in
Chochołowska Valley. It's an exceptional option for both
pedestrian and bikers alike. Those who would like to take a walk with
baby carriage, must first make sure if its wheels are off-road type.
The path is admittedly wide and comfortable, but can be uneven and
bumpy. It's best to replace the urban stroller with yoke for example.
The main advantage of this trail is its
availability during every time of year and views on southern edges of
Spisko-Gubałowski Highlands, with easily noticeable Gubałówka.
The journey can be started from
Przewodników Tatrzańskich Avenue, entering the black trail after
Księżówka, if we approach from John Paul II Roundabout. For some
time we will wander through Sports Center in Zakopane territory
(stadiums and jumping hills) to find ourselves in forest under Wielka
Krokiew. To do this we must follow along many souvenir stalls on
Bronisława Czecha street and go west. On the left side we pass ski
jumping hills complex. We cross the street and go along "corridor"
between fences. After a while we turn left and arrive at the edge of
the forest by the path along the chairlift. Here, the trail is flat,
even descending a little. After few minutes of march, we reach the
Białego Valley outlet. Buffet, souvenir stalls and toilets are
available here. Our path turns right. We must pay extra attention in
case of rain, as this area gets slippery.
On the left side we are accompanied by
a forest, and on the right we get to see Gubałówka. Shortly we pass
the memorial board informing us that our trail is actually a former
Iron Way, connecting Kościeliska Valley with Kuźnice hub. Soon we
go by Spadowiec Valley exit. After around 15 minutes from Białego
Valley outlet, we venture into Ku Dziurze Valley region. There is a
hut on the right side, where sheep milk is being processed. We can
try local goods here and, if we're lucky enough, witness grazing
sheep. Behind the hut, opposite to valley entrance, the house of
famous outlaw Mateja is located. Currently it's
a private property, not available for visit. It's worth
mentioning, that to see Ku Dziurze Valley, we don't need to buy TPN
entry ticket. This place is free of costs. Our trail leads far into
the west. After 15 minutes we reach Strążyska Valley outlet. Those
who don't want to continue can easily get back to Zakopane from here.
The black trail
goes further, quite uphill at first. In this section we are
accompanied by robust, Tatra beeches. Arriving on another valley's
exit – Za Bramką – takes around 25 minutes from here. Entering
this colorful place is also free of charge. We've got over a dozen
minutes of march from here, we pass the barrier and we head down by
steep path. This way we reach Mała Łąka Valley outlet. We can
continue even further by not turning to the valley on the left, but
instead following the right side. We pass the wooden house and,
beside ticket booth, we come out on parking lot. From there, clinging
to left side, we go towards the street that connects Zakopane with
Kościelisko. Right before reaching it, we turn left and again enter
our trail of interest. In 30 minutes we show up in Staników Żleb
exit, where we can go to Przysłop Miętusi. Droga pod Reglami goes
straight though, so after 15 minutes we find ourselves near famous
Kościelisko Valley exit.
Droga pod Reglami
is not a difficult track. It's also not very complicated. The path is
comfortable, mostly going by forest and glade edges, so it's perfect
for hot day walks.