Our journey will begin near the town of Kyshtym. Here we will look into a marble cave, visit an abandoned mica mine and climb the rock of the Dragon Wings. And after the walk we will pass through Karabash city and will find ourselves in Miass on the bank of "Ural Baikal" - Turgoyak lake.
There are stops on the route, but when you are going on a trip, don't forget to bring food, water or a thermos with tea in your car just in case. Also before your trip, don't forget to choose the route and book tickets to Taganay National Park in advance, you can do it using the links below. For a better view of the caves, take flashlights with you, and dress warmer to walk with pleasure.
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The car can be left near a cave or in a small area near a shield with a description of the object. Now we are located on the territory of the territorial and natural complex Sugomak, which includes three objects: Lake Sugomak, Mount Sugomak and the Sugomak cave. The Sugomak cave is the only cave in the Urals that was formed in marble. Its length is about 123 meters, and it consists of 3 large grottos. It is worth to visit only the first of them, as it is rather difficult to get to the rest.
In XIX century gold mines worked in these places. And in the 1870s, mica was found here. The discovered deposit was named Slyudyanogorsk Muscovite deposit. Now Mica Mine attracts many fans of active recreation. At present, underground excavations that are accessible for visitors are preserved here. Thanks to the conservation of the mine in 1961, they are quite well preserved. In memory of visiting these places you can take pieces of mica. It's all over the place.
To get to the parking place from which it is more convenient to get to the Stone Gate, you should take a gravel road leading to the village Bolshiye Yegusty, which you passed on the way to Slyudorudnik. After three kilometres turn right on the gravel road (you can leave the car on the roadside here). **If the road is heavily covered with snow it is better not to risk and do not go further. You can walk or skip this place altogether, depending on how you estimate your strength.
After this turn, you can leave the car on the side of the road. The way on the dirt road is not difficult, but there are quite a few forks. It is important not to lose your way, so you can see the exact route for climbing [on this site](https://www.alltrails.com/explore/map/--10427106?referrer=gpsies).
Only go camping if it's not too cold outside and you're confident in your abilities. This cliff has many names: Wings of the Dragon, Dragon, Devil's Gate, Stone Gate, you can choose the name you like best! The main feature of the cliff is an oval-shaped through hole, which was formed as a result of the weathering of rocks. Unfortunately, over time, the hole will expand, and as a result, the remnant will collapse, leaving only pictures of inquisitive tourists as a memento.
We go back to the car and go to dinner.
Our journey for the day is not over yet. Now we will go to the town of Miass, and on the way we will stop in Karabash.
Garabash (which means "black head" in Tatar) appeared in 1822 after discovery of gold placers on the place of ancient Tatar settlement. At the beginning of XX century copper mining started in Garabash, and after several decades of copper mining and smelting the ecology here deteriorated. However, we will not stop near the mining plant. Passing through the city, we can see Poklonnaya Mountain on the left. On the slope of the mountain there is a white stone inscription "Save and Preserve" and above it there is an iron cross.
If you want to have another snack, you can stay in this restaurant, try German dishes or just have a cup of tea.
Today we will visit one of the most famous national parks - Taganay. Then we will go to see the giant faults of the rock near the village of Magnitogorsk, and in the evening we will plunge into the fabulous world of the heroes of fairy tales of the Ural writer P.P.Bazhov. Be sure to bring food and hot tea to the national park.
Before going to the national park, be sure to buy food with you, because the walk is long, and the nearest cafe is waiting for you in Zlatoust.
Taganay" park represents kilometers of taiga: mountain ridges, stone rivers, alpine meadows. In the national park there are routes for tourists with different levels of training: from a one-day hike to multi-day expeditions. It is possible to choose one of the options offered on [the official website](https://taganay.org/). Each of them is interesting and unique in its own way and allows learning more about the nature of the South Urals.
In the 1930s, a titanium-magnetite deposit was discovered here. After a while, mining decayed and it was decided to extract the rock from the depths of the mine by a multi-ton explosion, which led to the complete destruction of the adits. Magnitsky faults are considered one of the most unusual places in the Chelyabinsk region, which provided them with unprecedented popularity among tourists who love thrills.
Mining park. Many characters from the fairy tales of P. P. Bazhov have settled in the park, as well as museums with collections of minerals and weapons, and exhibitions that introduce traditional crafts for Zlatoust. Working Mode Daily: 10:00 - 19:00. Entrance to the territory is free.
At this cafe, after such a long day, you can have a good dinner, relax and share your impressions with your friends and family.
We will start this day by visiting one of the most beautiful national parks of the Chelyabinsk region - Zuratkul. Then we will look at the oldest hydroelectric power plant in Russia, which was launched in the early XX century and still supplies energy to neighboring areas. Another unique place on the route will be Lake Chebarkul, where in 2013 a huge fragment of the Chelyabinsk meteorite fell.
The Zuratkul National Park is considered one of the most beautiful places in the Chelyabinsk Region. The main attraction of the national park, Lake Zuratkul, is oveyed by various myths and legends. Most of them are associated with a girl of unprecedented beauty - Amina and her heart. These legends are fed by the very shape of the lake - if you look at it from above, it will look like a heart. Today you will walk along one of the most famous routes in the national park - the Ecological Trail. It is ideal for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the national park. The length of the trail will be about 5 km and will take 2-2.5 hours in one direction. Don't forget to bring food and hot tea. The cost of the entrance fee: Entrance ticket - 100 rubles; Residents of Satka district, pensioners of other districts of Chelyabinsk region and Russian regions - 50 rubles; Children under 12 years old, pensioners of Satka district - free of charge. More information can be found [on official website](https://zuratkul.ru).
Satka is considered one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the South Urals. Recently, this industrial city has been significantly transformed and has become an attractive attraction. It even has its own Ural Disneyland. When you walk along the old part of this wonderful city, be sure to pay attention to the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, Satka Ironworks, walk along Komsomolskaya Street (previously it was considered the main street of this city, and old houses have been preserved there), and along the embankment of Satka city pond you can walk to the beautiful rotunda.
I suggest you dine in a restaurant with an unusual interior stylized as the rooms of the palace.
In front of you is the oldest hydro station in Russia, which was built at the beginning of the last century (1908), and is a monument of industrial architecture. The ancient hydroelectric power plant is still in operation and provides electricity to residents of nearby villages. This place used to be notorious. People died on river rapids from time to time. There were legends among locals according to which devils lived here. And the pit that used to be here was called the "Damn" pit. Then the dam was slightly rebuilt, the river rapids went under water and stopped inconveniencing the locals.
On February 15, 2013 Chelyabinsk became known for the meteorite fall. The celestial body exploded in the air, and its fragments were scattered across the region. The largest of them fell into Lake Chebarkul, on whose shore you are now. The shard was lifted from the bottom, and the meteorite was recognized as the largest since the fall of the Tunguska meteorite in 1908. The shard itself is now in the Chelyabinsk Museum of Local Lore.
Here you can eat before you go home.
There's a gas station ahead! It will be possible to make a comfortable stop, resupply fuel and drink coffee.
That's the end of our trip to the Chelyabinsk region! I hope you have imbued yourself with beautiful nature and amazing views of the national parks of the Urals. On the territory of the Republic of Bashkortostan, not far from Chelyabinsk, there is another, no less famous, South Ural State Nature Reserve. It is not included in this route, as it is quite difficult to get into it spontaneously, but if you want, be sure to try to plan a trip in it too! I am sure that a visit there will not disappoint you in the slightest.