Ural Mountain Heart: Zuratkul, Zlatoust, Satka, Miass. – 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".
Ural Mountain Heart: Zuratkul, Zlatoust, Satka, Miass.
Travel distance by car: 268 km.Travel distance on foot: 0 km.Visiting: Satka, Magnitka, Mayakovskogo, Kusa, Novozlatoust, Urzhumka, Chelyabinsk

Trip duration: 2 days

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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.

Guest House On Torgovaya

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.

Guest House On Torgovaya

The day was busy, it was time to have a rest, and tomorrow we will continue our journey through the mountains of the South Urals.