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Skalnik

Page Type: Trail

Location: Poland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 50.80485°N / 15.87799°E

Trail Type: Cross Country, Downhill, Mountain

Technical Difficulty: Hard

Aerobic Difficulty: Hard

Layout: Loop

Length: 30.0 Mi / 48.3 Km

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Page By: Visentin

Created/Edited: Oct 7, 2009 / Oct 29, 2009

Object ID: 272403

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Overview

 
Sokoliki hills from the top of the Sokolik rock
Sokoliki
 
Back to Wojanów, the old inn
Wojanów, the old inn

As I promised myself after Wielka Kopa, and having read my friend's other trip, I came back to Rudawy Janowickie to explore the rest of the area, as I planned, from Szwajcarka to the top Skalnik (945m).
Once more, the region has not disapointed me and confirms its value of very good mountain biking area.
This circuit, a bit longer than the last one, visits many points of interest: the Wojanów palace and castle, the Karpniki lakes, the old town of Kowary, the top Skalnik, the rocks of Rudawy Janowickie and the hills of Sokoliki.
With a nice automnal weather, a very rewarding trip... May I mention also how satisfied I was from my recent repair !
Note: Skalnik has given its name to the most famous independant sport shop in Wroclaw (where I regularly look for hidden treasures during the offsales...)

Trail description

 
Misty start near the Stawy Karpnickie lakes
Foggy start
 
Crossing rivers ...(Stawy Karpnickie)
River crossing
 
Mist is slightly disappearing... (Stawy Karpnickie)
Sunrise
 
Mist is slightly disappearing... (Stawy Karpnickie)
Sunrise
 
Mist is slightly disappearing... (Stawy Karpnickie)
Mist...
 
Near the village of Bukowiec
Mist...
 
Near the village of Bukowiec
Bukowiec
 
View from the village of Bukowiec to Karkonosze
Śnieżka

 
Crossing the old town of Kowary
Kowary
 
Crossing the old town of Kowary
Kowary
 
Biking up Skalnik, on the south track.
Up to Skalnik
 
Cycling up Skalnik, on the south track.
Up to Skalnik
 
Cycling up Skalnik, on the south track.
Final section
 
Cycling up Skalnik, final (and technical !) part on the south track.
Final section
 
The convalescent bike made it to the top of Skalnik !
Summit outcrop
 
Śnieżka, highest top of the whole <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/area/267497/sudetes.html >Sudetes</a>, topping the <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267974/labsk-louka.html >Karkonosze</a> sub-range
Summit view
 
Śnieżka, highest top of the whole <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/area/267497/sudetes.html >Sudetes</a>, topping the <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267974/labsk-louka.html >Karkonosze</a> sub-range
Śnieżka
 
From Skalnik, looking North to the <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/271320/sokoliki-rudawy-janowice.html >Sokoliki</a> hills, in which the return will go too
Sokoliki
 
Cycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge. Getting a bit more flat, oof !
Cycling down
 
Cycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge, near <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/271700/wielka-kopa.html >Wielka Kopa</a>.
Cycling down
 
Near the famous rocky natural bridge <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/album/311514/Rocks-of-Skalny-Most-.html >Skalny Most</a>
Rocky bridge
 
The famous rocky natural bridge <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/album/311514/Rocks-of-Skalny-Most-.html >Skalny Most</a>
Rocky bridge
 
On the famous rocky outcrop <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/album/315635/rocks-of-rudawy-janowickie-mts-piec.html >Piec</a>
On Piec
 
On the famous rocky outcrop <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/album/315635/rocks-of-rudawy-janowickie-mts-piec.html >Piec</a>
On Piec
 
Going down from the Rudawy janowickie rocks
to Sokoliki
 
Going down from the Rudawy janowickie rocks
to Sokoliki
 
Heading to the Sokoliki rocks
Sokoliki hill
 
Heading to the Sokoliki rocks
Sokoliki hill
   
Heading to the Sokoliki rocks, steep slope !!
Sokoliki hill
 
At Przełączka, the pass between the two Sokoliki hills
pass Przełączka

 
Near Przełączka
Sokoliki hill
 
Near Przełączka
Sokoliki
 
Rockclimbing in those Sokoliki rocks
The rocks
 
The Bobr river from the top of the Sokolik rock
North view
 
Back to Wojanów, the Bóbr river
Wojanów
 
Back to Wojanów, the old inn
Wojanów
 
Back to Wojanów, here near the fortress
Wojanów
 
Back to Wojanów, the Bóbr river
Wojanów

Misty start near the Stawy Karpnickie lakes
Karpniki lakes

In Wojanów, cross the Bóbr river via the green pedestrian bridge to get to the south shore, where is located the fortress. Take the black marked trail in the direction of teh village Karpniki, but leave it on the right at the level of an unmarked junction, to follow the track that goes along the artificial fishing lakes (Karpniki lakes, named after the town).
Panorama near the village of Bukowiec to Karkonosze
On the way to Bukowiec

We cross the road and catch the green trail in the direction of Krogulec, until we meet a yellow marked trail leading to the village of Bukowiec. The flat land stops and we ride the first hills, with beautiful views, forests and clearings.
Panorama near the village of Bukowiec
Heading to Kowary

From Bukowiec, we must ride on a small asphalt road following the red marks, to reach the city of Kowary. We reach it via the descent that goes along the Bukowiec sanatorium (a beautiful old building), and we catch the main street, first along the ugly factory, but later via the beautiful main square and upper main street with colorful houses. Shops here and there, where to buy cookies, water and so on.
Crossing Kowary; the old sanatorium of Bukowiec
Kowary, the old sanatorium

We leave the town in the upper end taking the bicycle marked trail, that crosses the main road a bit before where the main street joins it too, and elevate in the direction of Skalnik via what used to be a former road to the town Kamienna Góra. We cycle still on the asphalt, but the trail is steep enough in most places so we are happy of it...
Beans plants, leaving Kowary
Leaving Kowary and heading to Skalnik

When we reach the main pass, a red marked trail goes left to the top. This is a pedestrian trail, but cycleable in the first portion. As it starts elevating, instead of following the red marks we keep on the main track, now unmarked, until we meet green marks coming from oposite, and elevating on the left. Apart from the very first meters, this pedestrian trail leading to the top can be cycled, involving some technical skills such as passing stones and roots. But fun and easy enough. This is how to reach Skalnik by bike !

The top is made of a couple of bizarre granitic outcrops, and the highest, few meters away from the marked trail junction, has stairs to go to the top plus a balcony so we can enjoy the view. The panorama to Karkonosze is really gorgeous, and the views opposite to all the Jelenia Góra basin and Rudawy region, especially the Sokoliki twin hills, are beautiful.
The top of Skalnik, with the bizarre granitic outcrops that characterize it
On Skalnik
The top of Skalnik, with the bizarre granitic outcrops that characterize it
On Skalnik
The top of Skalnik, with the bizarre granitic outcrops that characterize it
On Skalnik

The descent is made via the blue trail going east on the ridge of Skalnik. The first part is cycleable, then becomes a technical descent, before it becomes for good... a descent to be made on foot next to the bike, for a significant distance. But this is worth doing, and the continuation of the ridge, after we pass a granite mine, becomes again gentle and makes a fine portion to ride.
Cycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge. Tricky places !
The descent
Cycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge. The convalescent steed didn t complain at all :)
The descent
Cycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge, near <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/271700/wielka-kopa.html >Wielka Kopa</a>.
The descent

Thus until we meet the asphalt portion turning left to the rocks Skalny Most and Piec (visited during Wielka Kopa); first a descent, then going up during few laces after turning left at the junction. "Skalny most" ("rocky bridge" in Polish)is a very famous rock forming a natural arch, a must-see for the local rockclimbers, while Piec, from the track, offers a balcon and few benches to admire again the panorama.
Panorama from the rocky outcrop <a href= http://www.summitpost.org/album/315635/rocks-of-rudawy-janowickie-mts-piec.html >Piec</a>
Panorama from Piec

Then we descend again north-west via the green-blue marked trail in the direction of the Karpniki road and the sokoliki hills. After an entertaining descent and passing the road, we enter the sokoliki hills, a tricky place to cross by bike. Unless we have planned a beer in it, we should not cycle to the hut Szwajcarka (however worth seeing, a 180 years old wooden mountain hut). Continue in the unmarked continuity of the track until meeting the blue trail that goes to the pass Przełączka, between the 2 hills.
Sniezka (Karkonosze) from the top of the Sokolik rock
Sniezka from the top of Krzywa Turnia

From there, it is also possible to give a visit to the top of the Sokoliki north hill, via a steep red-marked trail going up in sharp laces. The summit rock, Krzywa Turnia, has (again) stairs and a balcony on the top, with a stunning panorama (lock your bike downside not to get it stolen, the area is crowded).
On the top of the Sokolik rock
North View from the top of Krzywa Turnia

Back to the pass Przełączka, we get back to the starting point via the green trail going north west. The start of the descent is kind of tricky, but most difficult parts can be avoided riding aside the track. Then a fine descent takes us back to Wojanów and the car park near the river.
Cycling away from the Sokoliki hills via the green trail
End of the green trail

Don't forget to give a visit to the Wojanów palace, located just few kilometers away, returning by car.
Back to Wojanów, the palace
Wojanów palace

Map of the Skalnik circuit
Map of the loop

Getting There

 
Rockclimbing in those Sokoliki rocks
Rockclimbing on Sokoliki

 
Rockclimbing in those Sokoliki rocks
Rockclimbing on Sokoliki

 
Rockclimbing in those Sokoliki rocks
Rockclimbing on Sokoliki

 
Rockclimbing in those Sokoliki rocks
Rockclimbing on Sokoliki

From Wrocław, take the motorway A4 to the West. At the exit of Kostomłoty, take the road n°5 in the direction of Jelenia Gora (the exit is just after a sort of inn on the motorway named "Filipek Bar").
Follow the road 5 until Bolków, then Kaczorów, and then the junction to Wojanów (a much better option than via Janowice Wielkie).
Park in Wojanów near the green pedestrian bridge over the river Bóbr.

The city of Kowary can also make a logic starting point for those who stay in the area, or coming from Czech republic, as it is the largest town in the circuit.


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When to Bike

Summer, Spring, Autumn. Beware, slippy when wet
At Przełączka, the pass between the two Sokoliki hills
Przełączka pass
At Przełączka, the pass between the two Sokoliki hills
Przełączka pass
Near Przełączka, the rocks of Husyckie Skały
Przełączka pass
Near Przełączka
Przełączka pass
Near Przełączka
Przełączka pass

Images

On the top of the Sokolik rockFrom Skalnik, looking West to the end of Karkonose and the Góry Izerskie in the distance.Misty start near the Stawy Karpnickie lakesSokoliki hills from the top of the Sokolik rockThe convalescent bike made it to the top of Skalnik !A convalescent bike going up Skalnik from Kowary :)Misty start near the Stawy Karpnickie lakes
Crossing rivers ...(Stawy Karpnickie)Cycling away from the Sokoliki hills via the green trailCycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge. The convalescent steed didn't complain at all :)Cycling down the Skalnik eastern main ridge. Getting a bit more flat, oof !Śnieżka, highest top of the whole <a href=Sudetes, topping the Karkonosze sub-range" src="/images/square/272225.JPG" />Cycling in the sunriseCycling up Skalnik, on the south track.
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