Taganai National Park

Taganai National Park, Zlatoust: Tickets, Tours, Address, Taganai National Park Reviews: 5/5

Taganai National Park
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alexey2612
By alexey2612
One day solo hike
Jun 2017
I spent just one day hiking in Taganai national park. Let me tell how it all worked out. I picked Saturday, June 24 as a hiking day. I decided not to book anything for overnight stay in the park. I booked a hotel for two nights in Zlatoust itself. Why did I pick this day? I happened to be in Zlatoust during these days and the daylight is one of the longest in the year which in turn allows to hike for long hours under the sun. I am not a cool hiker with lots of expensive Western apparel. I am just a modest stamina ex-athlete with budget-friendly clothes. The day before the hike I had bought a pair of rubber shoes in a shop in downtown Zlatoust for 700 rubles. I had a mosquito and tick spray with me. The decision was to start early - very early. I heard of lines for the registration to enter the park after 7 am, which I hate - to spend time waiting in line during my vacation time. I did not use the guide, but downloaded the detailed map via one of the popular apps on my smartphone that work offline. So I had an alarm-clock set for 5 am. Quick breakfast, two small water bottles filled with potable water and I am ordering a taxi via one of the popular apps. Unlike other travelers I did not go to the park entrance by route taxi (marshrukta). It was too early. So I paid less than 100 rubles for the taxi to take me to the park entrance. I had a tracker on my wrist, so I can meticulously record all my movements and timing. At 5:55 I quickly registered with the park rangers, paid 100 rubles, put on rubber shoes, sprayed myself with ani-mosquito-tick spray and set off on an exciting journey at 6:05. I took the upper trail as climbing the mountains was my priority. The trail was filled with water and mud. At 6:25 I crossed the metal bridge over the . Some tents were set up on both sides of the river. I do not know whether it is allowed there. The trail started climbing up. At one point a saw a children's stroller at the side of the trail. No tents nearby. Really weird! My first rest was at the White Spring (Beliy Klyuch) at 7:11. People there were still sleeping. I filled one of already water bottles with spring water, changed the clothes into lighter ones, put on training shoes and started the climb on the Double-headed Mountain (Dvuglavaya gora) at 7:19.Approximately at 7:44 I reached the southern summit - Feathers (Perya), took lots of pictures, found the rusted metal structure that used to be a part of the power line or something and started the descend. It was not easy - the tree trunks were slippery - too many people were trying to use them for climbing. At 8:01 I was back at the White Spring. The local dog woke up by that time and started barking at me. One of the tents woke up and started moving slowing around the camp. I had a snack that I had with me - nuts and bananas. At 8:16 I set off in the direction of the Noisy Spring (Gremuchiy Klyuch). I took the trail going through blouder creeks (kurumnik). It was shorter than the boulder-free trail and it was more fun. The markers on the trees helped me following the way. At 9:21 I reached the Noisy Spring campground. It was quite noisy due to the creek and lots of people camping there. They were having breakfast. I liked it more than the White Spring campground. As usual I ate a bit, filled my water bottles with spring water, as I was drinking a lot while hiking. There is a big barrel at the spring. It is filled with icy cold spring water. You can take a dip there, but I did not. At 9:50 I started my hike to the Echo Wall (Otkliknoy greben). The trail was not that steep and I reached it at 10:27. The sun was up, the weather was great. Then I spent a good deal of the next hour trying first to find the perfect echo shouting spot (I did not find it), second tried to climb the wall. I did not climb up to the top, but I was quite high. At 11:48 I was back on the trail and started my hike to the Round Mountain (Kruglitsa). The weather started changing. It was drizzling a little, but I kept on going. The forest was different from the one I had seen before. At 12:40 I reached the Fairy tale meadow (Polyana skazok). I was amazed by the quartz pieces I found there. It looks like sand but it isn't. At 13:02 I started the ascent on the Round Mountain. It was very windy. Sometimes I thought the wind would blow me into the Kialim marshes. On the way up I met a group of guys from Miass who were descending the hill. At 13:39 I was standing at the top of the Kruglitsa observing the remote areas of Taganai. I wish I had more time to visit Itsil and other remote areas that get little tourist traffic. I did not spend much time on the wind-blown summit and started my descent east to the Taganai campground. I reached Taganai camp somewhere at 14:15-20. It was packed with schoolkids. I wished not to stop there even for lunch. Too noisy. So I hit the lower trail and started my precarious journey back to the park entrance. I had to face a long 10+ km hike on a relatively flat area. Soon I had to change into rubber shoes as I was going through the mirror basin. It is a continental divide for waters. Some run east - into the Arctic ocean, some west - into the Caspian sea. In the mirror basin the water is calm reflecting which way to go. Watch for the pits, some of them are quite deep. Walk just on the stones! After the mirror basin the hike was easier. But I faced lots of tourist traffic, groups after groups going for a Saturday night camping. I was getting exhausted. At 15:16 I saw the first stretch of the boulder river. My legs were so tired, so I could not walk on boulders long. So I continued my hike. At 16:00 I reached the panoramic view of the boulder river. It is terrific. There is a spring at the rest stop, where I filled my water bottle for the last time. The last stretch was really hard - you have to climb before you reach the junction of the lower and upper trails. My legs were barely moving as I reached the park entrance at 16:55. I checked out at the rangers's station, left the rubber shoes, the hat and the mosquito spray for rangers which made them happy. I not longer need them, so why not make someone else happy? I bought a cup of coffee from the vending machine at the rangers' station and ordered a taxi back to my hotel via my favorite app. It started to rain. But at 17:05 I was already in the taxi going back to the hotel. The total distance covered in the park - 37 km.

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alexey2612
Moscow, Russia15,936 contributions
One day solo hike
Jun 2017 • Solo
I spent just one day hiking in Taganai national park. Let me tell how it all worked out. I picked Saturday, June 24 as a hiking day. I decided not to book anything for overnight stay in the park. I booked a hotel for two nights in Zlatoust itself. Why did I pick this day? I happened to be in Zlatoust during these days and the daylight is one of the longest in the year which in turn allows to hike for long hours under the sun.
I am not a cool hiker with lots of expensive Western apparel. I am just a modest stamina ex-athlete with budget-friendly clothes. The day before the hike I had bought a pair of rubber shoes in a shop in downtown Zlatoust for 700 rubles. I had a mosquito and tick spray with me. The decision was to start early - very early. I heard of lines for the registration to enter the park after 7 am, which I hate - to spend time waiting in line during my vacation time. I did not use the guide, but downloaded the detailed map via one of the popular apps on my smartphone that work offline.
So I had an alarm-clock set for 5 am. Quick breakfast, two small water bottles filled with potable water and I am ordering a taxi via one of the popular apps. Unlike other travelers I did not go to the park entrance by route taxi (marshrukta). It was too early. So I paid less than 100 rubles for the taxi to take me to the park entrance. I had a tracker on my wrist, so I can meticulously record all my movements and timing. At 5:55 I quickly registered with the park rangers, paid 100 rubles, put on rubber shoes, sprayed myself with ani-mosquito-tick spray and set off on an exciting journey at 6:05.
I took the upper trail as climbing the mountains was my priority. The trail was filled with water and mud. At 6:25 I crossed the metal bridge over the . Some tents were set up on both sides of the river. I do not know whether it is allowed there. The trail started climbing up. At one point a saw a children's stroller at the side of the trail. No tents nearby. Really weird!
My first rest was at the White Spring (Beliy Klyuch) at 7:11. People there were still sleeping. I filled one of already water bottles with spring water, changed the clothes into lighter ones, put on training shoes and started the climb on the Double-headed Mountain (Dvuglavaya gora) at 7:19.Approximately at 7:44 I reached the southern summit - Feathers (Perya), took lots of pictures, found the rusted metal structure that used to be a part of the power line or something and started the descend. It was not easy - the tree trunks were slippery - too many people were trying to use them for climbing. At 8:01 I was back at the White Spring. The local dog woke up by that time and started barking at me. One of the tents woke up and started moving slowing around the camp. I had a snack that I had with me - nuts and bananas. At 8:16 I set off in the direction of the Noisy Spring (Gremuchiy Klyuch). I took the trail going through blouder creeks (kurumnik). It was shorter than the boulder-free trail and it was more fun. The markers on the trees helped me following the way. At 9:21 I reached the Noisy Spring campground. It was quite noisy due to the creek and lots of people camping there. They were having breakfast. I liked it more than the White Spring campground. As usual I ate a bit, filled my water bottles with spring water, as I was drinking a lot while hiking. There is a big barrel at the spring. It is filled with icy cold spring water. You can take a dip there, but I did not. At 9:50 I started my hike to the Echo Wall (Otkliknoy greben). The trail was not that steep and I reached it at 10:27. The sun was up, the weather was great. Then I spent a good deal of the next hour trying first to find the perfect echo shouting spot (I did not find it), second tried to climb the wall. I did not climb up to the top, but I was quite high. At 11:48 I was back on the trail and started my hike to the Round Mountain (Kruglitsa). The weather started changing. It was drizzling a little, but I kept on going. The forest was different from the one I had seen before. At 12:40 I reached the Fairy tale meadow (Polyana skazok). I was amazed by the quartz pieces I found there. It looks like sand but it isn't. At 13:02 I started the ascent on the Round Mountain. It was very windy. Sometimes I thought the wind would blow me into the Kialim marshes. On the way up I met a group of guys from Miass who were descending the hill. At 13:39 I was standing at the top of the Kruglitsa observing the remote areas of Taganai. I wish I had more time to visit Itsil and other remote areas that get little tourist traffic.
I did not spend much time on the wind-blown summit and started my descent east to the Taganai campground. I reached Taganai camp somewhere at 14:15-20. It was packed with schoolkids. I wished not to stop there even for lunch. Too noisy. So I hit the lower trail and started my precarious journey back to the park entrance. I had to face a long 10+ km hike on a relatively flat area. Soon I had to change into rubber shoes as I was going through the mirror basin. It is a continental divide for waters. Some run east - into the Arctic ocean, some west - into the Caspian sea. In the mirror basin the water is calm reflecting which way to go. Watch for the pits, some of them are quite deep. Walk just on the stones! After the mirror basin the hike was easier. But I faced lots of tourist traffic, groups after groups going for a Saturday night camping. I was getting exhausted. At 15:16 I saw the first stretch of the boulder river. My legs were so tired, so I could not walk on boulders long. So I continued my hike. At 16:00 I reached the panoramic view of the boulder river. It is terrific. There is a spring at the rest stop, where I filled my water bottle for the last time. The last stretch was really hard - you have to climb before you reach the junction of the lower and upper trails. My legs were barely moving as I reached the park entrance at 16:55. I checked out at the rangers's station, left the rubber shoes, the hat and the mosquito spray for rangers which made them happy. I not longer need them, so why not make someone else happy? I bought a cup of coffee from the vending machine at the rangers' station and ordered a taxi back to my hotel via my favorite app. It started to rain. But at 17:05 I was already in the taxi going back to the hotel.
The total distance covered in the park - 37 km.
Written October 2, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

wittszilvi
Budapest, Hungary64 contributions
Frozen beauty
Jan 2015 • Friends
I joined in a tour organised by a Miass based tour agency "Горизонты Урала". We were nine in the group and went for a hike to one of the view points. (Двухглавная сопка) The weather was very cold in the morning (-25C), but during the day it warmed up to -12C. Apropriate clothing, good footwear strongly advaced. Upon entering the National Park, registration is needed. It is also possible to rent a room/place to sleep in the territory of the park. The paths were well maintained, it was possible to proceed even if the snow was deep beside the paths.
One of the drawbacks is, that the toilet at the resting place was not looked after. It was a traditional wooden toilet in the "open", but they forgot to dig a new hole after this filled up. No alternatives were offered. Though, it was possible to leave backpacks and excess weight by the resting place before the "summit" walk. All in all, a very good experience and strongly adviced to nature lovers.
Written January 6, 2015
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