Cosău Trail


Trail: Budești – Sârbi – Călinești – Ocna Șugatag

Although it generally follows the main road, the Cosău Trail keeps us close to the authenticity of Maramureș. You may have to use your bicycle’s breaks rather often if you wish to visit all the master craftsmen’s workshops (hatters, traditional peasant shoemakers, weavers) and to admire up close all the motifs carved on the wooden gates. Because there is an abundance of craftsmen, as well as carved wooden gates, on the Cosău Trail.

From the church in Budești-Josani down to Sârbi, our trail follows the flow of Cosău river, thus welcoming us to the land of the ingenious water-powered technical installations: whirls, mortars, mills, treshers. A labyrinth of lanes and carriage roads awaits us in Călinești, forming the Călinești Circuit. The last stretch of the trail leads to Ocna Șugatag, passing by the place where the fair takes place every Thurdsay. The arriving point of the trail is Băile Vechi.

  • Rural landscapes in Călinești;
  • Fair in Ocna Șugatag;
  • Craftsmen’s workshops
  •  Visiting traditional installations built alongside water;
  •  „Sfântul Nicolae” (Saint Nicholas) wooden church, a UNESCO monument in Budești – Josani (1643)
  • The wooden church in Sârbi Susani (1638);
  •  „Nașterea Maicii Domnului” (The Nativity of the Virgin Mary) wooden church in Călinești – Căeni (1629)
  •  Gavril Lake – a man-made salt lake.


Length: 15 km
Difficulty: Easy – Average
Trail type: Cycling
Departure: Budești (centre)
Arrival: Ocna Șugatag (Băile Vechi)
Maximum slope: 12%
Average slope: 3%
Elevation difference: 180 m




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