The Poiana Rusc? Mountains (part of the Western Carpathians) are a Carpathian mountain range in western Romania. The mountains are situated roughly south of the Mure? River, northeast of the Timi? River, and west of the Strei River. The Bega River emerges from these mountains. The nearest large towns are Lugoj, Hunedoara, and Caransebe?.
The Poiana Rusc? Mountains cover an area of about 2,640 square kilometres (1,020 sq mi), having mean altitudes from 700 to 1,000 metres (2,300 to 3,300 ft). The highest summit is the Pade? Peak, at 1,382 metres (4,534 ft).
The mountains contain resources such as magnetite, iron, thorium and lead, and as such are the site of many mines. In the nineteenth century, the mountains were also centers of gold, silver, and salt mining and production. However, after 1990 some mines were closed and others abandoned, leaving waste ore and radioactive mines still unprotected in the mountain range.