The Main Beskid Mountain Trail

The Beskid Mountains from the viewing tower Słotwiny Arena Krynica-Zdrój
Who has not once slept in a mountain hut, drunk water straight from a cold mountain stream, climbed a mountain thinking or saying, "this is the last time, I will not be persuaded to ever do this again", and the following weekend set out again? Mountains have an extraordinary attraction power, and every year there are more and more lovers of mountain trails.

That is why long-distance trails through several ranges are becoming increasingly popular. Tourists want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city, and from the constant rush of everyday life. On the trail, they will find silence and the opportunity to explore their own limits. One of the opportunities for this is the Main Beskid Trail. 

Named after Kazimierz Sosnowski, the trail is marked out in red and constitutes the longest trail in the Polish mountains. Approximately 500 kilometres long, it starts in Ustroń in the Silesian Beskids and ends in the village of Wołosate in the Bieszczady Mountains. It leads through three voivodeships and several mountain groups, showing a diverse landscape, as well as numerous natural and historical curiosities.

This trail was established out in the interwar period and bore the name of Józef Piłsudski from 1935 to 1939. The western part of the trail was set out by Kazimierz Sosnowski, while Mieczysław Orłowicz mapped out the eastern part (at that time, the trail led to Chornohora, which was within Polish borders).

The Main Beskid Trail is not as technically demanding as the trails in the Tatra Mountains; however, its total length amounts to approximately 500 kilometres, and the sum of ascents along the whole route oscillating within the limits of twenty-one kilometres make crossing the trail "at once" one of the most demanding ones. Sometimes, crossing it is accompanied by the will to beat a record (winter crossing, running) or a charity goal.

PTTK introduced the Main Beskid Trail badge to popularise the trail. It can be earned for a single crossing of the trail in no more than 21 days or by covering it in sections regardless of the duration and number of trips. The scoring of the trips and the confirmation of their completion are carried out following the provisions of the PTTK Rules of the Mountain Tourist Badge.