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Winter Hike Štrbské Pleso - Vodopád Skok, High Tatras, Slovakia

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Under the tarn Pleso nad Skokom there is a high rock leap, which creates a waterfall at the creek Mlynica. The overall height of the cascade waterfall is 25m. It is the third highest waterfall in High Tatras on the Slovakia side. As a part of any mountain creek, Vodopád Skok is at its large during the snow melting period between spring and summer at the season turning point. Its rate in July is up to 800l/s. You can reach it following a yellow track from Štrbské Pleso Pleso (1,353m / 4,439ft) toward the mountains where you reach Vodopád Skok (1,801m / 5,909ft) after 5,7km / 3,54mi of walking.

Route Details

Yellow Track

Just follow yellow marks, they are plenty and easy to notice.

Until you enter the forest path is flat and somewhat boring if it is cloudy, but if the sky is clear, you should enjoy your calm walk with a beautiful High Tatra panorama.  The path to Vodopád Skok gets harder once you enter the forest.

Dangers of winter hiking in Tatra mountains

An avalanche warning sign just after crossing the tree line and entering a subalpine area of the Tatra mountains.

The path remains relatively easy, the only difference here that during a winter hike you should not leave the path. You simply don’t know what might be buried beneath the snow.

What seems like small trees surrounding you might be only a tip of an iceberg.

This mountain creek at some places was almost covered by snow, so unless you see the ground near it, you should keep away from it as well.

Vodopád Skok

A hike is relatively easy, but the waterfall might be buried in a snow, so it is probably a good idea to hike there during a summer weather or after a long time without snow.

The most dangerous part of the journey is always getting down as people usually get more relaxed. Instead of walking down we slid which saved us a great amount of time and was really fun. If you decide to do something like that, you should take extra caution, because it is easy to slide off the road and you never know what is there.

Hiking near Štrbské Pleso Pleso

Vodopádd Waterfall is only a small part of what this part of the Tatra mountains has to offer. You can find more of the hikes in Štrbské Pleso Pleso or in my hiking in Tatra Mountains guide.

Mountains from left to right: Predne Solisko (2,093m / 6,867ft), Strbsky Stit (2,381m / 7,812ft) and Patria (2,202m / 7,224ft). Sadly none of them is accessible without a permission throughout a year. Luckily, one can follow yellow track to Bystra lavka (2,300m / 7,546ft) whole year or climb Krivan (2,494m / 8,182ft) in summer for views of the region.

If you are unable to hike around the region, it is still recommended to come to Štrbské Pleso Pleso to see the lake and not far from it you can enjoy the view of  “the most beautiful mountain in Slovakia and a National symbol” – Krivan.

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