At the foot of a vertical limestone wall a few meters high is a small quiet lake of 6-8 m in diameter, is the Galbena emergence. At first glance, we would say it is a lake if the right water would not fall into a waterfall in a high waterfall, it is the only indication that there is a real river flowing underground with considerable flow.
The bluish-green, slightly milky and very cold water, betrays us along the underground trail through unknown ways. In fact, it is the water that entered the Fortresses of Ponor and drains underground the entire closed basin of Padis-Fortresses of Ponor.
Galbena emergence is a true oasis of relaxation in the middle of the forest, a place where you can contemplate.
The outbreak of Galbena and its surroundings have been declared a monument of nature, and the entire gorges sector has been set up as a mixed natural reserve, being in custody of the Apuseni Natural Park (Bleahu, 1976).
Accessible from the trail: Circuit trail: Galbena valley
We’re left with the duty to respect these parts at our every step, keep them clean and pristine for generations to come, and for us as well, because in Nature, “the tourist comes to gladden his eyes, the thinker encounters a grand book where every rock is a letter, where every lake is a phrase, where every village is an accent and from whence a smoke of ancient memories emerges”. (Victor Hugo)