The Black Pond
The Black Pond
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JustDiveIn
Miami, FL1,012 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This lake can be found above Morskie Oko at an elevation of 1583m (5,193ft). It is accessible via the red trail that starts at the parking lot in Palenica Bialczanska, the cost to park 25zl or you can also take a bus from your hotel to Palenica Bialczanska. Park entrance is 5zl per person. You will need to hike to Morskie Oko, which is 8-9 km, on a paved road with a slight incline and usually takes around 2 hrs. There is also an option to take a horse-drawn carriage to the top for 50zl, during the summer the first carriage is at 730am and the last ride down is at 8 pm. You will need to hike around Morskie Oko, which is about 30 min followed by a 30 min vertical hike up to the pond. It's smaller than Morskie Oko but just as crystal clear, there tend to be fewer tourists here since the climb is a little bit tougher. You can walk around the pond and partially up Rysy to get a nice view from above.

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Written November 13, 2018
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Michal M
Warsaw, Warszawa, Poland180 contributions
Nov 2015 • Friends
When you staying in Zakopane plan one day to go to for a walk trip to the famous Valley of 5 Ponds. It is exceptional experience. You have to take one of small buses that leave from the square next to main Railway Station (from 8:20 every 20 mins, 2,5 EUR one way to 'MORSKIE OKO'). You would go the route to Morskie Oko pond - then when you will see Mickiewicz waterfall on the right you need to turn right and start ascending in beautiful Dolina Roztoki Valley. On the road you can see 'Siklawa' waterfall (largest and highest in Poland) to reach the Valley of 5 Ponds. The biggest one is the Black Pond. If you make your way around it you may climb the Szpiglasowy Wierch mountain and enjoy an amazing view!!! Take the route down to Morskie Oko pond where you can stop for a coffee an cake. :) then you will return to bus stop where you arrived.
Note: you have to book at least 8 hours for such trip, so start early in the morning. Take water with you, food, chocolate bars and gloves (useful for chains higher in Szpiglasowy). Check weather forecast before climbing Szpiglasowy. It is a bit demanding route so maybe not suitable for small children.
Written November 16, 2015
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Dawid K
Brussels, Belgium624 contributions
Apr 2016
Wonderful lake, with access from Łysa polana and an amzing walk in the spring/summer. The breathtaking views at Morskie Oko Lake, within the Tatra National Park =D
Written April 6, 2016
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Karolina L
New York City, NY333 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Expect a 2.5 hour walk up a slight hill. Although the road is paved, walking up the hill for this long is a bit of a challenge but really worth it. Once you reach "Morskie Oko" I would highly recommend to rest for 5 minutes and continue the walk to "Czarny Staw pod Rysami". For that, it's best to wear hiking shoes although regular sneakers might be ok too (no flip flops).

You begin with a walk around the "Morskie Oko" on a rocky road until you reach a pathway up the mountain. The pathway has steps made out of rocks and it is pretty exhausting to reach the top but again, the view is amazing! That should take you an additional 45 min to an hour. You definitely feel a bit accomplished once you reach the top. It's 1580 m above sea level.

So why did I give it 3 starts? The horses! If you can't handle the hike, don't exploit the horses on behalf of your physical inadequacy. Find something else to do with your time in Zakopane. Many of the horses have died in "Morskie oko" while others are send to slaughterhouse when they can no longer perform. I've seen these horses; exhausted and miserably without any water. If you'd like to see a horse with foam coming out of it's mouth or with a tongue hanging from exhaustion, visit the area. The people paying for this cruelty are truly pathetic. It's the mountains, you're suppose to walk and if you can't handle the walk just don't come here! Visit Gubalowka where you can easily take the cable-cars up the mountain. There are planty of other options out there so don't be a jerk.
Written August 6, 2015
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975Katalin
Varpalota, Hungary47 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
This trip is a fantastic experience, the black pond (Czarny Staw, Fekete tó) is a hidden jewel of the Zakopane region. Besides this is a place which is horribly tough to reach but you do not need mountain climbing experience or an outstanding physical condition. Be careful though, locals say that you should not venture it without boots that protect your ankles, and they are absolutely right although many people do not take this advice. It's a glacier lake above Morskie Oko. If you want to do it and you are not super sportive it is advisable to reach Morskie Oko on the horse carriages offered at Lysa Polana parking lot for 50 zl/person upwards. After you get off the carriage, you walk 1,5 kms on concrete, then reach the lower lake, Morskie Oko which is in itself a beauty. You have a restaurant here so it is comfortable and you can buy water bottles from a vending machine. You might be badly in need of this as our experience was that you need 1 liter per person from here to go up and down the black pond on a hot summer day. The way is quite steep in some places and quite tyring. From Zakopane to the black pond by car, then carriage then on foot to and fro, the whole journey takes around 8-10 hours or more. However it is absolutely worth it !!!!
Written June 25, 2016
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xiaoxian
Singapore, Singapore84 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
I went up to this spot after Morskie Oko, and I have to say it was really worth it! The pond was black in color, with beautiful reflections and definitely with less people. You get a view of the black pond, and view of Morskie Oko from above.

In total I spent 7 hours inside the park. The walk into Morskie Oko took 2 hours, and then it took me another 45 mins to go up to this spot. Coming back down, I went through the same way.

The hike is pretty steep, and the rocks can be slippery if your shoes don’t have a good grip. I did mine with a pair of Nike, and I actually fell once despite being very careful. I guess it will be slippery if there is rain so do take note.

I very much preferred this to Morskie Oko as it was quieter with much less tourists. Strongly recommend this!
Written August 23, 2018
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Manvsfoodie
Cheshire, UK111 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
If your up for a more challenging view than morskie oko head here !!

Route is a calf burner an steep with lose gravel so best take boots

View from the the top is perfection !! Over looking morskie oko, lake water is freezing Galcia style so best avoid going for a dip lol but it’s perfectly clear an take some bread for the mountain birds as they are very friendly an come right up close

You will be happy you went !!
Written October 3, 2017
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erzs_betp
Szeged, Hungary23 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
When we went to the Morskie Oko it was really crowded so we decided to visit the Black pond near to it. The walk up to the Black pond was hard (steep walk). Hear was less people and when we walk around the lake even less people was there. The view is incredible.
Written August 10, 2018
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Karol J
Liverpool, UK183 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
Amazing place high up in the mountains. View like no other. If you planning to get there wear a proper shoes and some trekking equipment (sticks etc). Path is tricky and narrow. Only attempt if you are in good shape to not create danger for yourslef and others. Follow the RED route from Morskie Oko to get there. Approx 1h of walking.
Written October 15, 2017
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Joselyn G
Chicago, IL269 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
The hike up to the pond is not hard at all. The length of time and the uphill walk might be tiresome for some. But not at all a "physically demanding hike". The day we went the place was crowded with families and individuals!

They have the option to take horse carriages up and down the path. This was the worst part of the entire trip. When you are walking up or down you constantly see the horses struggling to go up or down the path. It's animal cruelty at its finest. The horses had their tongues out, foam around their mouths and any individual could tell they were struggling. It was an unpleasant heart breaking sight. Before entering the park they have a sign that no more then 12 individuals should be on a carriage or it strains the horses. Of course almost every carriage we saw had more than 12!! It was ridiculous !! I wanted to quickly leave just because of how the horses were being treated.

Throughout the path they have bathroom stops. The closer you are to the top you begin seeing small concession stands where you buy beer,drinks, ice cream and small snacks. Once you finally reach the pond it's beautiful but all the tourists that day made it a little less enjoyable.

In total the hike up is about 2.5 hours ( we took our time) and down about 1.5 hours. It's well worth a visit but I recommend going early and beating the crowds. Transportation to this park is about 10 zloty and an entrance fee of 5 zloty but there is a student discount.

Worth a visit if you go early ! There are also plenty of other hikes to do! Also don't take the horse carriages it's just cruel! Bring lots of water !!

Written August 12, 2015
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