Halicz, at 1333m belongs in the Tarnica-Halicz group and is the third highest peak in the Western Bieszczady. Once it was known, like several other summits along the south border of Poland, as Patryja or Mitrów Roh. Its today's name is a reference to the capital of a historic province. For centuries, until the end of World War II, in summertime the green slopes of Halicz were home to huge herds of oxen (1900 animals in 1913!). The summit of Halicz is one of the best, if not the very best, vantage points in the Western Bieszczady.
Halicz (left) and Wołowy (translates as Oxen's) seen from the south
A hike in the middle of the summer may not be a good idea as the trail often gets packed with tourists!
The summit can only be reached following the red trail, from two possible directions:
1. From the saddle just below Tarnica, where there is a 4-way intersection of trails. This should take approximately 1hour and 30 minutes. The trail, at first joined with the blue trail) descends rather steeply from the saddle. After about 20 minutes the blue trail branches to the left, to go over Krzemien and Bukowe Berdo to Przczeliny (about 4 hours away). The red trail keeps right, skirting around Kopa Bukowska before the final ascent of Halicz.
2. From Wolosate (5 km on the dead-end street from Ustrzyki Gorne) the trail follows the old forestry road for 7km until Przelecz (Pass) Bukowska. The road continues, but from this point it marks the border between Poland and Ukraine, and a big sign in Polish prohibits entry. Instead, the trail turns left and starts going up Rozsypaniec (not much more than a secondary summit of Halicz), and then Halicz proper. From the pass it should not take more than an hour.
It is of course possible to make various permutations when planning the trip, but they must all involve the red trail to summit Halicz. For example, the saddle below Tarnica can be reached with the blue trail from Wolosate, to which a return trip is possible via Halicz and Bukowska pass (red trail).
Elevation gain (meters)
the best option of climbing Halicz as quickly as possible
via Tarnica Pass
Ustrzyki Górne (W)
via Szeroki Wierch (1294m)
via Bukowe Berdo (1312m) and Krzemień (1335m)
Halicz in spring (right) seen from the south, namely from Rozsypaniec
Red Tape & Camping
Cross on the summit
Shelter at Bukowska Pass
As most of the Bieszczady National Park area (70%) has the status of strictly protected zone, public access to the park requires a well prepared system of marked tourist trails. Standard National Park rules apply, like staying on the marked routes, not disturbing wildlife etc. The nearest campsite is at Wolosate.
During the tourist season a small fee (about 1 EUR) is charged to enter Bieszczady National Park.