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Travná Hora

Page Type: Trail

Location: Czech Republic/Poland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 50.21778°N / 17.00134°E

Trail Type: Cross Country, Downhill, Mountain

Technical Difficulty: Hard

Aerobic Difficulty: Easy

Layout: Loop

Length: 25.0 Mi / 40.2 Km

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Page By: Visentin

Created/Edited: Jan 11, 2010 / Feb 12, 2011

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The White Mountains and Marianne's road

 
Finding the (fine) green-marked czech trail few meters below
Travná Hora
 
Waterfall in the Bielice valley
Bielice waterfall

During my long trip to Śnieżnik last autumn, I visited also the neighbouring area of the "White mountains" (Góry Bialskie / Bělské Vrchy). Since the trip was excessively too long (back to the car almost at night !), I decided to split it into two pages to present each areas as they deserve. The lack of pictures made me wait until I get a bit more. Here we are so let's go for the second part !

The white mountains, culminating at Travná Hora, 1125m , are not very high, but the area has a particularly rich network of biking trails, including an alphalted road, only dedicated to bikes, going up to 1000m.
Again, this cicuit lies on the polish/czech border, allowing a loop that was not possible before 2008. The czech mountain hut Chata Paprsek makes a fine goal, and place for a break.

For the (geographical) anecdote, you must know that these mountains are the junction of 3 water divides, between the Baltic, the North sea, and the Black sea.


Trailhead in Bielice
Trailhead
Cycling the Bielice valley
Fall colors
Cycling the Bielice valley, fall colours
Fall colors
Cycling the Bielice valley, fall colours
Fall colors
Cycling the Bielice valley, fall colours
Fall colors
 
The fine green-marked czech trail that runs on the ridge
Travná Hora trail



Trail Description

 
Snowy Bielice valley
Snowy Bielice
 
Cycling the Bielice valley, fall colours
Cycling up Bielice Valley
 
The tricky part... switching to the czech side of the mountain.. the trail is here but will soon vanish into the blueberries
Passing the border
 
The fine green-marked czech trail that runs on the ridge
On the Czech green trail
 
At the junction of the green and red trails on Travná Hora
Travná Hora junction
  
At the junction of the green and red trails on Trnová Hora
Red trail
 
Cycling further in the direction of pass Przelecz Płoszczyna
Red trail
 
At the hut Chata Medvědí Bouda (closed)
Hut Medvědí Bouda
 
Cycling further in the direction of pass Przelecz Płoszczyna
Over Seninka
 
On the way to Śnieżnik, fall colours
Views
  
Cycling the Bielice valley, fall colours
Marianne's road
 
Cycling the Bielice valley, fall colours
Marianne's road
 
At the junction of the green and red trails on Trnová Hora
Forest trail at dusk
 
At the junction of the green and red trails on Trnová Hora
Forest trail at dusk
 
Snowy Bielice valley
Bielice trail in winter
 
Snowy Bielice valley
Bielice trail in winter
 
Snowy Bielice valley
Bielice valley
 
Snowy Bielice valley
Bielice winter

 
Snowy Bielice valley
Snowy Bielice valley

I started the circuit from Bielice, so I am going to describe it this way.
As we leave the car park, pass the last houses and park entrance sign, we need to cycle up the long valley of Bielice. This remains an asphalted road in most places, but in very bad state, generally gentle but quite steep in a couple of places. As we get near the upper end of the valley, we need to leave on the right a red-marked trail (by which we will return), and keep going on the main one, turning left. In the upper end, easternmost, the trail stops being asphalted and describes a square-angle going south. In this small portion, we need to look for a discrete pedestrian footpath on the left. This is an unofficial way that goes to the Polish-Czech border.
There is a bit of bike-pushing through the dense blueberries bush and dead trees, but this is the fun and adventurous part of the trip ! Few hundred meters later we find the usual white and red plots of the border, with a tiny trail that follows it. It is useless to try to keep this one and we keep crossing the bush until we find soon the Czech green-marked official path. Here we are ! The trail is wide, full of bends and very nice to cycle. We pass below the top of Travná hora, and get after a steep descent to the junction with the read trail, that takes us quickly to the mountain hut Chata Paprsek. This is a very nice and clean hut with a lot of facilities, including a nice restaurant with local specialities.
 
The views open, and reveal a still cloudy sky. In the distance, the mountain of <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267590/-er-k.html >Šerák</a> cycled a year ago
The views open, and reveal a still cloudy sky. In the distance, the mountain of Šerák cycled a year ago

We leave the place by the read trail (well cycleable) instead of the asphalted road, which goes near Růžová bouda (a closed basic hut) and Medvědí bouda (another small closed hut). Near this one, we need to cycle up the start of the valley, and take the red trail. There is a bit of push at the start, but after it's fine. It goes below "Chlupenkovec", below the border, and describes after a big round-shaped half-circle under the prominence "Zhorélá", to get back near the Seninka. The red marks leave the track for a steep descent on the left, but we stay on the track, that takes us to a higher point of the road pass Kladské sedlo (Przełęcz Płoszczyna in polish).
After we pass the border, there is a little descent which takes us in the upper part of the village of Nowa Morawa. We catch the blue trail which goes inside a long valley, and which starts with a gentle slope going up. The slope increases as we go, and becomes firmly steep, and finally infamous near the end.
For the story, I struggled with this part during long horrible minutes, knackered and never seeing the end, against the falling night...
There is a little steep "S" that announces the end, and the rewards comes suddenly as we reach the flat asphalted road over 1000m, mentionned in the overview: Marianne's road (Queen of the Netherlands in the 19th century, who built it), just below the top of Rudawiec.
The views are gorgeous, and unveil stunning panoramas on whole area, a wilderness of countless valleys covered by dense forests. Definitely amongst the wildest places in Poland. Mariane's road takes us back to the Bielice valley and the point we passed as we started.
One can also decide to shorten this section using the shorter variant via the path "Czarnobielski Dukt", a straightforward descent into the forest, getting back directly to Bielice.
 
Snowy Bielice valley
Czarnobielski Dukt, winter

map of Góry Bialskie / Rychlebské hory tour
White Mountains map







Snowy Bielice valley
Winter
Snowy Bielice valley
Winter
Snowy Bielice valley
Winter
Snowy Bielice valley
Winter
Snowy Bielice valley
Winter
Snowy Bielice valley
Winter

Getting There

 
At the junction of the green and red trails on At the junction of the green and red trails on Travná Hora
Travná Hora junction
 
The border. Here we are ! Vítejte v České republice!
Border

 
At the junction of the green and red trails on Trnová Hora
Travná Hora descent
 
Cycling further in the direction of pass Przelecz Płoszczyna
near Przelecz Płoszczyna

The circuit is accessible both from Poland or Czech Republic. There is road pass which links both areas : Przełęcz Płoszczyna/Kladské sedlo, which is a part of the circuit.
But the best trailheads are:
- For Poland, the long and secret valley of Bielice, or the village of Nowa Morawa
- For Czech Republic, the previously mentionned Chata Paprsek has a got car park.


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When to Bike

All year except with snow.

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