Theoretically, according to PTTK guidelines, it is a short trail that will lead us to some of the most characteristic points of the area. However, this is not always true. For example, Siwa Polana – Zawracie is an easy route and a classic route – i.e., connected in many places with other trails. A similarly straight route (although without connections) is Kondratowa Polana – Przełęcz pod Kopą Kondracka, which takes 1.5 hours to complete. However, if we go on Czarny Staw pod Rysami – Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem we will find ourselves on one of the most difficult routes in Poland. Partly leading over a precipice measuring several hundred meters and from which there is no other return than by the same road.
It assumed that these are short, connecting, and access routes. However, before entering it, you should read the course. Although the connecting rule used to be the default, the basic assumption of the trails is that the same colors cannot cross or come near each other. For example, the black trail Czarny Staw Gąsienicowy – Kościelec theoretically, can be reached in an hour and a half. And yet it is considered the most challenging route in Poland, with a steep approach, vertical climbing and without artificial protection. Besides, the only descent from Kościelec is to return by the same road … By contrast, the famous Droga pod Reglami (Huciska – Kuźnice) measures 17km, comparatively a light walk, but still taking about 7 hours. And this is also a black trail, fortunately, with numerous descents.