Nucet, follow road 75 east through Băița, turn right on DC286, at Băița-Plai industrial area turn left. From the end of the road 10 minutes walk.
Not accessible during snow melt/after heavy rains.
|Dimension:||Portal: H=8 m, W=12 m.|
|Guided tours:||self guided|
|Address:||Peștera Porțile Bihorului, Tel: +40-758-967-035.|
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Peștera Porțile Bihorului (Gates of Bihor Cave) is a huge wild cave in the forest near the village of Băiţa. It is quite impressive for its size, its huge entrance portal (12 m high, 10 m wide) and its huge karstfenster (30 m high). During daylight no lamp is needed to visit this cave (but of course no caver enters a cave without a lamp). The cave is a river cave, but fortunately it is dry most of the year. Only in Spring during snow melt and after heavy rains there is a cave river which forms a nice waterfall, but makes the visit of the cave impossible.
There are two possible ways to reach this cave. The first is by following highway 75, right after the village Băiţa turn right towards Băiţa Plai. After 1.7 km is a turnoff to the left which goes through a valley with a lot of industrial buildings, a remains of the quarrying. Follow this road as far as possible. Then continue walking, the single lane gravel road leads to the quarry and then up the left side to a trail which goes to the cave. If you want to avoid the bad roads and the dangers of quarry traffic, you can follow the highway 75. At one point there is a curve to the left with a bus stop and a building to the right. Here is a small parking lot and the start of the trail downhill to the cave.