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near Galičnik, Општина Маврово и Ростуша (Македонија)
An attempt at hiking the MK6 trail from Galachnik to Mavrovo, via the Medenitsa peak. The trail is poorly marked at some points, and I deviated from the official trail for some stretches.
Most of the trail is on soil or dirt road, but there are a few rocky parts. The initial ascent of Medenitsa is quite steep and strenuous. You can skip the peak and still have a rewarding hike by turning right shortly after the first intersection waypoint and following the dirt road.
The crossing of the main road should be done at a completely different point, but I missed the track to it. As a consequence I had to walk for a short distance along the main road.
The final stretch (after the ski centre waypoint) is a steep descent along the ski slopes. I can't tell whether this was the intended path, or of there exists a more gradual alternative.
The entire hike is out in the open, with no shade or cover. The parts high up on the mountain can be cold and windy. There is no food or water anywhere along the way. Prepare accordingly, and have fun!
Here the path splits. You can go right to the lower peak Govedarnik (through the pasture?), or continue straight to Medenitsa.
Nice view of the Radika valley.
The summit provides you with a 360 degree panorama, and you can see lake Mavrovo from here. The view is not the most spectacular, though, and there are some better views along the way.
View of the slope of Medenitsa.
From here it's 7km to Galichnik and 11km to Mavrovo by car.
From this point you can see the ski slopes South-South-West of Mavrovo in front of you.
This point is accessible by car from the main road. There is a small restaurant here at the base of the ski slope, but it appears closed outside of the skiing season.
Good view of the ski slopes and lake Mavrovo in the background.
From here you can see most of the lake, including the sunken church.