Ural Mountain Heart: Zuratkul, Zlatoust, Satka, Miass. – Road.Travel

Ural Mountain Heart: Zuratkul, Zlatoust, Satka, Miass.

Road Trip Route. Climb to the top of the rock on Alexandrovskaya Hill., Look deep into the failures in Magnitogorsk., Look at Iy from the Argus cliff., Visit the room of the Inquisition in Sonka Lagoon., Take a picture against the background of Lake Zuratkul., In Miass, be sure to climb the mountain overlooking Mashgorodok..

The route runs around Miass, Zlatoust and Satka. His highlight will be visiting Lake Zuratkul, climbing the Zuratkul Range and walking along the "Sonka Lagoon". The route requires some physical preparation, as there will be mountains with long rises, as well as the kurumnik - a disorderly heap of large rocks. Consider the weather forecast before you travel. In cloudy weather, most of the mountains on the route may be covered by clouds and you will not be able to enjoy the views. It is worth driving here in clear weather. If you go in winter, take a flashlight to climb the mountain in Miass. You'll come to its foot after sunset.

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Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: The outskirts of Zlatoust and Satka

We will ascend the Alexandrovskaya Hill, which overlooks Zlatoust, Taganay and Ilmesky ridge. Then we will go to the Black Rock on Taganay, from which there is a beautiful view of the main Taganay peaks. Then we will go to the village of Magnitka, where we will see the failures formed in the mountain after the closure of the mines. From here to the village of Kusa, where we will enjoy a view of the Ai River from Argus rock. And at the end of the day we'll walk around Satka amusement park "Sonkina Lagoon".


Gazpromneft filling station #274

Ahead of the Gazpromneft filling station. A good reason to make a stop: refuel with quality fuel, drink coffee and just warm up.

Aleksandrovskaya Sopka

The trail to the mountain starts at the junction of Miass - Zlatoust road to Syrostan. The first hundred meters it goes along the power line, and then turns into the forest. It's a little over a kilometer to the top. At the top of the mountain rises a rock overlooking Zlatoust, Miass and Taganay.

Cafe "Sail"

We'll have lunch at Cafe Sail. It's delicious, clean and beautiful. Lots of visitors, and always fresh food. A large selection of dumplings with different fillings, which are produced immediately. Delicious pastries.

Black Rock

The Black Rock is located in Taganay National Park. But it is located not in its main part, but closer to the village of Magnitogorsk, and for access to it there is a separate entrance in the park. The route to Black Rock goes along a bulk trail. The rock itself is equipped with an observation deck overlooking the main peaks of Taganay.

Magnetic Fractures

The faults are located on the south-eastern outskirts of the village of Magnitogorsk, 20 km from Zlatoust. Until the 70's there were mines where titanium-magnetite ore was mined. Failures were formed in Magnitogorsk on both sides of the road to the Old Magnitogorsk microdistrict. It's about 20 total failures. It stretches 2.5 kilometers from southwest to northeast. 300 m south-east of the slopes is the Frog Mountain with rocky exits on the top.

Argus Rock

Rock Argus stands on the right bank of the Ai River, at its turn. And the cliff offers a picturesque view of the river. Not far from Argus, a brook falls into Ay. It flows on a steep slope and has a small waterfall in front of the river. On the mountain, between Argus and Kusa, there is a railroad. During its construction, small notches were broken through in the rocks, which can also be inspected if you want.

Сонькина Лагуна

Entertainment complex "Sonia Lagoon" is a kind of disneyland. Sleepy Lagoon has attractions, a contact zoo, a room of curved mirrors. In summer the beach is open, in winter there is snowmobile skating, an ice rink and a ride on cakes. The entertainment center has a sauna, two hotels, equipped with arbours and areas for barbecues. There are several cafes and a restaurant, so we have dinner in "Sonka Lagoon". Sonka Lagoon is open daily from 9:00 to 21:00.

Day 2: Zuratkul National Park

Today we will visit "Zuratkul" National Park, where we will admire Lake Zuratkul and climb the Zuratkul Ridge. We will also go to Miass, where we will climb the nameless mountain and enjoy the view of the evening Miass.

Samovar Café

We'll have breakfast at Cafe Samovar. This is what it takes to continue the journey early. The cafe works from 9 am on weekdays (not working on weekends).

Pressure basin of former Zuratkul HPP

Today we will go to Zuratkul National Park. On the way we will visit the pressure pool of the former Zuratkul hydroelectric power station. The water reservoir is located two kilometers after Magnetic on the right side of the road. Across the road from it is a maral farm, near which you can leave your car and walk to the pressure pool. The pool is an elongated reservoir with a high concrete dam through which the water flows.

Национальный парк «Зюраткуль»

Move from the cordon to Lake Zuratkul. The best view of Lake Zuratkul is from the dam along which the road along which you came is paved. From the lake, go back 200 meters. Here starts the trail to Mount Zuratkul. It's 4.5 km to the top. The first kilometer of the trail is equipped with a wooden planking, the usual forest path goes on, and the last meters go along the kurumnik - a disorderly heap of large rocks. The top of the Zuratkul is flat with rocks scattered all over it. The height of the mountain is 1175 meters. It overlooks Lake Zuratkul and neighboring ridges.

Кафе 1175

Near the lake Zyuratkul there are several camping sites, food shops, cafe, kennel of sled dogs, aviaries with animals, sauna, tubing trail. Café "1175" is the most popular for tourists' lunch. Please note that the cafe is open from 9:00 to 23:00 but has some breaks (from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 18:00 the cafe is closed).

Gazpromneft filling station #287

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The next point of our journey is the city of Miass. Here in the area of Mashgorodok there is a small park of giant stationery figures "Bureaucrat" (October Avenue, 7). There are five figures in the park: a paper clip, a circus, scissors, a button, a ruler-rostrummer. In 2011, the paper clip installed here was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest in the world. According to the plan of the founders, this park is a tribute to the work of the ballistic missile developers of the Makeyev Rocket Center living in Mashgorod, for whom drawing and stationery items are of great importance.


Now we're going skiing or snowboarding at the GLZ Ryder. It is located in Mashgorodok, a block from the "Bureaucrat" park on the slope of Mount Sadovaya. The ski center has five slopes at different levels from the training slope to the slope for experienced skiers. There is also a snowpark. The slopes are illuminated in the evenings. There is a cafe working. The ski center is open until 21 hours. More information about prices can be found at [site](https://rider74.ru).

Pizza Flash pizzeria.

We'll have dinner at the Pizza Flash pizza place in Miass. Here you will find a cozy atmosphere, a large selection of pizzas and a pleasant price - quality ratio.