Black Pond

Black Caterpillar Pond (1624 m above sea level) in Dolina Gąsienicowa is a glacial lake, picturesquely situated in the High Tatras. In terms of depth, it is the fourth of the Tatra lakes.

Above the Black Pond, the peaks dominate Orla Perci and Kościelca.

The name of Czarny Staw comes from the almost black color of water, associated with the shading of water with mountain peaks and cyanobacteria, covering the stone shores of lakes, as well as Hala Gąsienicowafrom which this joint comes from.

The name distinguishes it from the Black Pond in the Valley of Five Polish Ponds and the Black Pond under Rysy.

Black Pond it is covered with ice often from October to June.

Trails over the Czarny Gąsienicowy Pond

- blue - from Murowaniec (30 minutes)

- blue - along the eastern shore of the Pond, near Zmarzły Pond, to Zawrat (1,5 h)

-yellow - on the eastern shore of the lake, it departs from the blue one and leads to the Extreme Granat (1,45 h)

-black - at the northern shore of the Pond, it leads to Mały Kościelec, to the Karb Pass and Kościelec (40 minutes)

Czarny Staw was the subject of paintings, among others Alfred Schouppé, Wojciech Gerson and Leon Wyczółkowski.

In the 1884-1920 years, a small, bicameral hostel was operating on the shore of Czarny Staw.

Black Pond under Rysy (Czarny Staw on the Sea Eye) is a Tatra glacial lake located in the Rybiego Potoku Valley, at an altitude of 1583 m above sea level.

Black Pond under Rysy (Czarny Staw on the Sea Eye)

The shadows cast by the peaks give the waters an almost black color, hence the name of the pond.

It is the southernmost lake in Poland, 76,4 m at its deepest.

Walls rise above Czarny Staw the pulpit.

As early as 1883, attempts were made to stock the Czarny Staw with trouts from Morskie Oko, but it was not successful due to the harsh living conditions and the lack of food.

Czarny Staw already freezes in October and the ice cover remains here until June, sometimes even until July.

The water temperature in Czarny Staw is 7-11,5 ° C in summer, and the shaded shores are also cool on hot summer days.

The edges of Czarny Staw are overgrown with endemic vegetation, among others: sinneriform saxifrage, Alpine thistle, three-mesh sieve, Lachenal sedge and Tatra mountain grass.

Czarny Staw was investigated by Stanisław Staszic already in 1804.

In winter, Fr. Walenty Gadowski.

Tourist routes

- red - to PTTK hostels at Morskie Okoand further along the eastern shore of Morskie Oko to the threshold of Czarny Staw (50 min) and further to the summit of Rysy (3 h)

-green - from the Czarny Staw to Kazalnica and the Mięguszowiecka Przełęcz pod Chłopkiem (2,5 h)

The iron cross that was erected over the Czarny Staw in 1836 is characteristic.

iron Cross

The Black Pond under Rysy is considered one of the most beautiful in the Tatras. This is due to the surroundings and beautiful views extending from this place. Approach to Czarny Staw leads alongside the cascade of the Czarnostawska Siklawa.

Czarny Staw is often an extension of the trip to Morskie Oko, and also a point on the way to Rysy.

Black Pond of Poland is a postglacial Tatra lake located in the Valley of the Five Polish Ponds. The Mirror of the Czarny Staw is at an altitude of 1722 m above sea level, and its depth is 50,4 m.

Black Pond of Poland

Excess water is discharged to the Wielki Staw by a stream that creates numerous backwaters and hammers, ie wet meadows. There are many species of swamp and peaty plants growing here.

Tourist routes

- yellow - runs from the crossing of the paths in the Dolina Pięciu Stawów Valley, next to the lake, to Szpiglasowa Przełęcz (1:45 h).

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