Malý Kyseľ was once part of the now accessible Ferrata HZS Kyseľ. Today it is a separate gorge considered one of the most characteristic gorges in the Slovak Paradise. Despite the fact that this gorge is one of the shorter gorges in the Slovak Paradise, there are also beautiful waterfalls and crossings on wooden footbridges and ladders.
The gorge is characterised by two waterfalls. The first one is the Malý waterfall, which you will come across right at the beginning of the gorge and you can climb it with the help of a metal ladder and a wooden footbridge. The second, also beautiful, waterfall is Machový waterfall, which belongs to the list of the most beautiful waterfalls in the Slovak Paradise.
The best and closest starting point for the Malý Kyseľ is Podlesok. The journey from Podlesok to the start of the Malý Kyseľ gorge takes approximately 1:45 h, and the route is in the direction Podlesok > Nad Podleskom > Pod Kláštoriskom > Kláštorisko > Nad Kyseľom > Kyseľ, rázcestie.
The Malý Kyseľ is accessible throughout the year. Conditions in the gorge can change depending on the season or the weather. We therefore recommend a suitable selection of hiking clothing and equipment (sturdy shoes, spare socks, etc.). In the winter months, the ladders can be covered with ice, so we recommend bringing crampons.
For parking you can use the paid parking lots in Podlesok or Čingov. For more detailed information, see parking lots and parking fees.
Crossing the gorge
There is a blue hiking trail through the Malý Kyseľ gorge and it is passable only in one direction - upstream of the stream. It is 2.2 km long with a crossing time of about 1 hour and a climb of about 220m.
After successfully crossing this gorge, you will find yourself at the Suchá Belá, záver crossroads, where you can rest and regain your strength. From here you can head back to Podlesok in the direction of Suchá Belá, záver > Pod Vtáčím hrbom > Nad Podleskom > Podlesok. The journey from the top of the gorge to Podlesok takes approximately 1.5 hours.
You can also go to Píla - Piecky in the direction of Suchá Belá, záver > Glac, Malá poľana > Malá poľana, rázcestie > Palc, rázcestie > Piecky - Píla. This journey takes approximately 2 hours.
If you want to make your journey back to Podlesok more pleasant, you can rent a bicycle from Cyklo Tour Spiš. You can rent a bike at the end of Suchá Belá or also at Kláštorisko. The price for the descent to Podlesok is 7,50 €.