Last Saturday was another sunny, warm, almost spring day and we had another hike near Sofia. As we still haven't bought a new car and travel by bus, we decided to take advantage of the fact, that we don't need to return to the car and to try a different route. We chose to traverse the Lozen mountain along a newly marked trail, starting from the Pancharevo lake and ending on peak Polovrak. From the peak we went down to the village of Dolen Lozen and took the bus back to Sofia - a total of 21 km!
: Lake Pancharevo
: The woods above the lake still looked like winter woods, but almost all of the snow had melted under the warm sun last week and the first spring flowers - crocuses and hellebores, and the dogwood trees were in bloom.
:I'm especially fond of the pennyworts (Hepatica nobilis)
:The trail passes by or alternatively through several peaks of Lozen mountain. We chose to climb peak Bachul, as we had never been there.
: On peak Bachul (1150 m)
:We had our picnic here, at the foot of one of our most favourite Lozen peaks - Lanina mogila. We sat on the warm grass, surrounded by purple crocuses and basking in the sun enjoyed our sandwiches and sweet herbal tea.
:Finally on peak Polovrak (1182 m), the highest of Lozen mountain.
:The dogwood trees are in bloom, spring can't be far away.