Hiking times: Limbach – Medvedie údolie 1 h. – Limbašská karst spring ½ h. – Kozí chrbát ¾ h. – Somár ½ h. – Tri kamenné kopce ½ h. – Šenkárka ¼ h. – Limbach 1 ½ h.
Total: 5 h.
Total climb: 460 m
This moderately difficult half-day hike offers a relatively high total elevation but navigation is simple. The most demanding climbs are past the Limbašská karst spring to Kozí chrbát.
The hike begins at the edge of the vineyard dotted town of Limbach (190 m) along a green-blazed hiking trail (5101). Turn to the left onto Potočná ulica heading towards the south west. The street, which has a petrol station at the beginning, continues along to cottages and the lower section of the valley of the Račí Brook. The paved road rises into a forested valley along a clutch of private cottages. The green blazes along the trail are accompanied by yellow and green bicycle touring blazes. The yellow-blazed cycling trail turns to the left at the first crossing with the green-blazed cycling trail turning to the right at the next crossing. At the paved crossing near the Medvedie údolie directional marker (293 m) do not turn to the rights into the valley of the same name; rather remain on the green-blazed trail that runs along the side of the Zlatá studnička natural reservation (to the left of the trail). The paved road climbs slightly up to Limbašská karst spring (335 m). This voluminous karst spring is protected as a natural landmark. The water that reaches the surface is from the Prepadlé karst valley (the upper part of the valley of the Stupavský Brook) located just past the main ridge line of the Small Carpathians. Precipitation flows down off the Kozí chrbát massif, which the trail begins to climb from the karst spring. At the Kozí chrbát crossing (560 m, Variant I) turn to the left onto the Štefánik Trail (E8, 0701). The forest road marked with red hiking blazes heading to the north from the crossing is at first relatively flat and comfortable. A bit later the trail steepens as it ascends the southern slope of Somár (650 m). Around the summit point of the entire trail, low growth forest and forest cuts provide relatively broad views into this part of the Pezinok Carpathians. From Somár the trail descends along a relatively flat forest road. It is not recommended to turn off the trail to the left as this area is home to a military training site with a firing range. Continue along the trail and summit Kamenný vrch after which the trail skirts around the western edge of the Nad Šenkárkou natural reservation. At the Tri kamenné kopcecrossing (570 m, Variant II) the red-blazed trail is joined by a blue and yellow-blazed hiking trail (2405). Turn onto this trail and follow the forest road as it moves downhill to Šenkárka meadow (515 m, Variant III) with the forester's house. At the upper edge of the meadow is another crossing from which the yellow-blazed trail exits to the left. Follow the blue-blazed trail and continue along the road moving down through the meadow into the forest, which continues to descend moderately and steeply to a private cottage above Lúčanka Brook. From the cottage area continue along the paved road to the upper edge of the town of Limbach (190 m). The blue blazes stop at the lower edge of the village where the hike began. Bus connections are available in the upper part of town (SAD bus stop) and waiting can be enlivened with a pleasant tasting of the excellent Limbašský silván wine from one of the local restaurants.
Variant I: In order to continue along the ridge line of the Small Carpathians in the direction opposite to the basic route and to finish the hike in Svätý Jur, at Kozí chrbát turn to the left and continue along the red-blazed Štefánik Trail to the south towards the Salaš crossing. Turn there to the left at the blue blaze and follow the forest road to the east that comfortably leads to a paved road heading to Svätý Jur. The blue blaze leads the trail to the remains of a Great Moravia hill fort and then onto Neštich, which is a borough of Svätý Jur. The hike ends in Svätý Jur at the railway station (total: 5 h.).
Variant II: In order to continue on to Pezinská Baba and to not return to Limbach, continue to the north along the red-blazed trail from the Tri kamenné kopce crossing. After crossing the low hills, the trail reaches an area near Konské hlavy peak which is not far from the recreation centre in Pezinská Baba in Baba pass (total: 4 ¼ h.).
Variant III: The longest variant is for those who want to end the hike in Pezinok and descends from Šenkárka meadow using the yellow-blazed hiking trail through the Kolárske cottage area. The blazed trail eventually crosses a paved road connecting Limbach and Slnečne udolíe. This unmarked road provides a route around Sadloňovy mlyn and skirts the vineyards to the railway station in Pezinok (total: 5 ½ h.).
1 Zlatá studnička – this natural reservation was declared in 1993 and covers more than 73 hectares. The area is a steeply-sloped valley divided up into small ravines through which the poorly developed bottom land of a brook passes with a few cavern-fed and low-yield springs. The forested areas include fragments of extreme fir and beech stands with oak.
2 Limbašská karst spring - this natural landmark is located on an area of more than 6.5 hectares above Limbach. The active karst spring with an occasional yield of up to 120 l/second is the outlet of the underground flow of water below Turecký vrch that ebbs in Prepadlé valley and flows under the Somár massif and rises to the surface beneath Kozí chrbát. It documents the specific development of the karst hydrography of the Borinsky karst region and is significant from a speleological perspective. The karst spring's activity and yields are dependent upon recent precipitation. The spring is dormant when water levels are low and only flows on occasion through the vent in the base of the brook flowing through the valley.
3 Limbach – this town located in a section of the Danube lowlands that penetrate inside the Small Carpathians. The town was established in the 14th century when the area was settled by German settlers invited by the Hungarian lord. Descendants of these settlers were deported to Germany at the end of World War II and Slovak nationals were moved into the area. A number of Small Carpathian valleys begin in the area of this small vineyard covered village, which has recently seen the addition of an area with villas. An unmarked paved road links Limbach to the Slnečné údolie recreational area that offers camping facilities.