To the north from Zlatoust is located "mountain country" - ridges Taganay, Itsyl, Yurma. This is truly one of the finest places in the Southern Urals - the realm of rocky peaks, tundra and taiga, stone rivers and mountain streams. Zlatoust is situated at the foot of Taganay.
Translated from the Bashkir Taganay means "the moon stand". And, indeed, in a clear night you can well see the moon, "sitting"on one of peaks of Taganay as on a stand.
Taganay consists of three ridges. Their total length exceeds 20 kilometers. The western ridge is called Bolshoy Taganay, Medium - Sredniy Taganay, east the closest to the city - Maly Taganay. The distance from Zlatoust to Maly Taganay - 5 - 8 km to the Sredniy Taganay - 8 - 12, to Bolshoy Taganay - 8 kilometers.
In turn, the ridge Bolshoy Taganay consists of individual jads. The nearest to Zlatoust is Dvukhglavaya Sopka, or Blizhniy Taganay - is situated in 8 - 10 kilometers from the city. Next is located Otkliknoy Greben (in 12 - 15 kilometers from Zlatoust), and then Kruglitsa (in 17 - 19 km) and Dalniy Taganay (in 25 - 30 km). The highest point of Taganay is peak Kruglitsa - 1178 meters above the sea level. This title is not anccidental - the form of the mountain is really round.
On Dalniy Taganay is located highland meteorological station - the only one in our area.
Yurma ridge (1003 m) is a northern extension of the ridge Taganay. In Bashkir Yurma means "do not go". The Yurma peak is a vast plateau, overgrown with dense spruce forest, among which rise bizarre rocks. Itsyl ridge (1068 m) is located to the east and parallel to the ridge Taganay, Yurma. Itsyl - "Everlasting Wind ". From its peak offers a grand panorama of all peaks of the mountain country, including the valley of the river Bolshoy Kialim, which begins in the the western slope of the Ural Mountains, then crosses it, to pour it water in the river Miass, on the eastern slope of the Ural Mountains. Layout of ridges and peaks of NP Taganay.
High areas of Taganay are made of quartzite. Among them there is a unique in its beauty sort, filled with mica glitters, sparkling in the sun. This sort quartzite is called taganit or aventurine. Taganay can be used for producing various gifts and decorations.
At the foot of the Taganay cliffs originate huge stone fields in form of broad stone rivers coming down the slopes. Deposits are very beautiful. It seems that the mighty Taganay shook once under the weight of its cliffs and threw off in different directions its stone clothing, splitting into huge shapeless blocks. And now these huge rocks face the traveler in their untouched beauty, fascinating by their greatness and beauty in bright sunny days.
In bad weather Taganay - is a severe and menacing guard on the path of winds and clouds. Its top, billowing into the sky, is shrouded by veil of mist. And wind in the cliffs is buzzing and howling.
From the top of Taganay you can watch the endless spaces of the Southern Urals. Painting is exciting. This "mountain country" - is a popular tourist destination, residents of not only Zlatoust, but other cities in our region. It is also visited by those who live in different parts of the country. Here you can meet people from Siberia and Moscow, from central regions and other countries. And everyone attracts here by the boundless beauty, the desire to learn more about the Ural region. In 1991 here on the territory of 56.8 thousand hectares, was established the national park "Taganay". Traditional tourist routes are serviced by a shelter "Taganay", cordons "Kialim"and "Taganaysky".
Here's how described the sunrise on Taganay P. P. Anosov: "Yet there were stars in the night sky, but I was already awake and waited for dawn. Soon I saw a dim light on the East and stars began gradually to die down and later disappeared, the light increased, and the horizon gradually became visible: it was possible to distinguish the tops of the mountains. Immediately the eastern horizon began to be covered by the purple glow, and I saw a dark ocean, on it were floating fiery tops of the mountains. I briefly admired this image: the crimson glow increased, dark ocean disappeared, I began to see rows of mountains, the dawn lightened them, and I saw another, more charming picture.
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