ABOUT HYDRA AS A TRAIL
Beginner - 300 (finish in Kaunas)
Medium - 700 (finish in Zarasai)
Full - 1600 (finish in Tartumaa)
Beginner - 2500
Medium - 6000
Full - 13000
Beginner - up to 2
Medium - up to 5
Full - up to 10
Hydra Epic trail – a creation that took us 14 years to piece together. It took a lot of adventures, searches, flat tires, worn out shoes and smiles along the process. Our team wants to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and participants that helped us with it.
The trail starts in Lithuania, Druskininkai city, near the border of Poland and Belarus. The route closely hugs the rivers of Nemunas, Neris and banks of Žeimena. Weaves through many nature parks, the famous Labanoras and Gražutė regional parks just to mention a few of them and then keeps on extending along the Lithuanian-Latvian border before crossing into neighboring country.
After leaving the border track quickly reaches Riga and crosses biggest Latvian river Daugava. From there it follows scenic river of Gauja through its regional park and continues all the way up to Estonia’s city of Valga. The views from the river banks are fascinating and some say it's worth even stopping to admire those green foresty canyons.
In Estonia track follows roads of Estonian forest service (“RMK”), which in the beginning extends along Latvian-Estonian border. After that the route starts to wind through famous Haanja nature park, then follows north and shares most of its last kilometers with Tartu marathon track.
Finish is at Tartumaa Sports Complex some 30km away from Tartu, second biggest Estonia’s city.
In this manner Hydra Epic trail traverses Baltic countries from south to north.
The route is varied and has to offer technical cross country singletracks, long fast gravel sections and everchanging forest roads which go through most beautiful parts of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Along the way you will have an opportunity to visit a handful of the Baltic States' cities: Kaunas, Vilnius, Zarasai, Riga, Sigulda, Cesis, Valmiera, Võru, etc. We hope you'll be fascinated as we are of how close some of the singletracks appear to be near the city centers and how beautiful and untouched nature is in Baltic states!
Along the route you will have to check in at 4 checkpoints to not to loose the track of time while enjoying the natural sceneries. Our volunteers will stamp your checkpoint card and will do their best to spirit you up, no matter in what condition you might occur.
Our team wishes all the participants the best in exploring natural serenity of Baltic States and at the same time putting a challenge in front of themselves.