Melnik (old town center) to the Prepodobna Stoyna church near Zlatolist
ElevationAscent: 529' 161 m
Descent: -528' -161 m
High: 1,517' 463 m
Low: 1,195' 364 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
“Traditional architecture, amazing sandstone formations, and a well-known church. Great vistas.”— Kamen Ruskov
Features Birding · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The trail starts at the town's center where a huge plane tree (several hundred years old) provides shade in summer. Head up the main street, cross the small bridge and continue upstream so that the stream's bed remains on your left. Keep working your way up the street until you reach the outskirts of the town, passing by the ruins of the St. Barbara church on your left.
When you reach a junction with dirt roads heading in three directions, take the right one and head roughly south. In 2 min you'll reach a small renovated church overlooking the town. There is also drinking water available at the spot. To the left of the church, the actual trail begins. This is its steepest section and you climb up for 10 - 15 minutes until you reach a col. After the col you begin your gradual descent into the valley that eventually reaches Zlatolist and Katuntsi to the south.