Lacul Roşu


24 kms from Gheorghieni (Gyergyószentmiklós) lies one of the most beautiful barricade lakes of Transylvania at 983 meters above sea level.
The lake formed on the summer of 1837, due to the slide of the debris that accumulated on the north-western slope of the Ghilcoş-mountain, which slid down due to the great rains and blocked the valley, where several streams united.
The wash of the Roşu (Vereskő)-stream often coloured the waters of the lake red, hence the other name of the lake, the Veres-lake (Red Lake).


The folk etimology links the adjectives ”red” and ”killer” with the legend according to which the crumbling mountain buried the flock of sheep grazing in the valley, along with their shepherd, and the blood that seeped up painted the water red for a long time.
The originality of the lake is due to the pine stubs that stick out of the surface of the lake. The stubs dotting the lake are the remnants of the pine forest that originally covered the valley. Unfortunately this flooded forest perishes by the hour nowadays. The parts of the pine stubs that are below the water were conserved by the water containing calcium-carbonite and iron-oxide, while the parts that are above water have been damaged by frost and thaw, and decay. On the pictures taken at the beginning of the century one can clearly see the 3-5 meter tree stubs protruding from the water, which today scarcely measure 30-50 cms.
The beauty of the lake is further heightened by the chalk cliffs that loom over it, which are the following: Ghilcoş-mountain (1381 m), Suhardul Mic (Small-Cohárd) (1352 m), Suhardul Mare (Great-Cohárd) (1507 m), Licaş-Top (1676 m).

(135 kms from Valea Seacă, 2 hours by car)


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