Distance: 53.8 km / 33.6 mi (at least 21.5 km / 13.5 mi on either very bad pavement or dirt roads - shown in green on the map; at least 29.8 km / 18.6 mi off-road shown in red on the map). A confirmed descent (escape route) via the village of Tyushka is shown in different shades of orange. A paved alternative to riding Polonyna Borzhava is shown in purple.
Elevation: gain 2418 m / 7933 ft; drop 2358 m / 7736 ft
Gradient: n/a at this time
It is unclear how bad the "forest road" (according to a Ukrainian map) between Khashchovanya and Verkhniy Studeniy is. If it is used by loggers, chances are there are very deep ruts and a lot of logs and tree branches scattered around. At this point, this section is assumed to be an "off-road" section. Because of this, this route is suitable only for a mountain bike even if one decides to bypass Polonyna Borzhava and take the paved detour.
One of the highlights of this leg is waterfall Shypit marked with a green pushpin on the map. It is 14 m / 46 ft high. According to many sources, it is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains.
The biggest highlight of this ride is definitely the traverse of the mountain ridge Polonyna Borzhava. It is a relatively flat-top mostly deforested mountain ridge. If the visibility is good, it provides great views of the valleys on both sides and the surrounding mountain ridges.
However, it involves some serious challenges:
Note that there are many passes in the Carpathian Mountains (both in Ukraine and the neighboring countries) called "Pryslop", "Prislop" or "Pryslip" depending on the transliteration (in the local dialect it actually means "pass"). This is just one of them.
There is no water on the ridge!!!
Some variants of the geographic names used on this page (read more about these lists here):
Unless explicitly stated otherwise, this is a draft and, as such, may or may not be accurate.
Use at your own risk.