Distance: 18 km (11.2 miles)
Total Ascent: 1310 meters (4300 feet)
If you are unfamiliar with the Polish language, as we are, a lot of Polish names seem complicated and impossible to pronounce.
The trail to Koscielec is located near the cable car station for Kasprowy Wierch (Kolej linowa Kasprowy Wierch on Google Maps).
There are several paths that lead into the mountains near the cable car station.
Sometimes the forest opens up and you get to see meadows, wild flowers and a few mountain huts.
Czarni Staw is an emerald green, alpine lake located high in the mountains. To reach here from the valley of Dolina Gasiennikova.