The Wild Road to the top of Mt. Uludağ
Mt. Uludağ is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.145m (7,037ft) above the sea level, located in Bursa Province, in Southern Marmara of Turkey. It’s the highest mountain of the Marmara region.
The summit hosts a popular center for winter sports as well as a National Park and is known in mythology as the place where the gods watched the Trojan war. Summer activities, such as trekking and camping, also are popular. It’s open to tourism all the year round and one of Turkey’s most beautiful epitomes of magnificent nature.
The road to the summit is paved, but some sections are cobblestoned. It’s called D575. The narrow (wide enough for vehicles to pass side by side though) and tarmac road from Bursa winds on the side of the mountain for 22 km until it arrives at the national park gate at Karabelen. After the gate, it turns into—or rather isn't upgraded from since it was opened—a cobbled road, presumably to force drivers to lower their speed, so that driving under icy conditions in winter on this winding road is safe. The cobbled road lasts for 8 km until Sarıalan, or 12 km until Oteller (area where all hotels are clustered).
This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. In winter, vehicles without tire chains may not be allowed to go further than park gate if park authorities decide so (which usually do so in heavily-snowing days). Whether a snowy day or not, winter driving rules apply. The mountain is also known as Mysian Olympus or Mt Olympus, and it is the highest mountain of northwestern Turkey.
Pic: Serkan KÖSEMEK