The Valcan Mountains form the Jiu Valley's southern barrier and run the length of the valley. Although lower in elevation and more populated by farms than both
Retezat, the Valcan Mountains are more easily accessible and do offer spectacular views of the valley.
Main approaches to the Valcan Mountains are by chairlift at Straja and by dirt road from the town of Vulcan to Pasul Valcan. To get to the chairlift at Straja, take Route 66A to Lupeni, approximately 13 km west of Petrosani, and turn south where the sign for Straja appears.
To access Pasul Vulcan from the valley, take Route 66A to Vulcan, turn south at the 7 km marker and proceed for 1 km. At the fork in the road take a left and go another 5 km to Cabana Valcan (4WD is recommended). At the cabana, proceed south on the foot trail to Pasul Vālcan.
Access to the Valcan Mountains is also available by foot from Petrosani (Motel Gambrinus) on the east side of the valley and from Valea de Pestii on the west side of the valley.