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Ascent to the Devil's Mill

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Ascent to the Devil's Mill
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Author: Ladislav Kula © gigaplaces.com

Čertův Mlýn (1,206 m above sea level) is the fourth highest peak of the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy Mountains, located in the Radhošť Massif, next to its sister Kněhyně (1,257 m above sea level), which is strictly forbidden to enter, due to the last natural refuge of Tetřev Hlušec. The best starting point is the train station in Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem, or the easiest route from Podolánky, where the connections do not run so often.

Description of the exit route

From the train station in Kunčicicí pod Ondřejníkem I follow the blue sign along the tracks so that I can turn right over the tracks and connect to the asphalt road. Not far behind the dormitories is a wooden church, one of the few preserved in the Beskydy Mountains. The road begins to climb and leads mostly through a cottage settlement with meadows, from where there are nice views of Podbeskydí in the background with Lysá hora. When I reach the crossroads Pod Stolovou, the sign changes to yellow and the sidewalk becomes a forest path. At first, it goes slightly upwards before I cross the stream to the other bank, from where the true Beskydy climb begins, ending at the source of Leopoldka. Nearby is the cottage of the same name and a crossroads just behind it, which will again change the color of the brand to red. A short lift will take me to the places where the trail once led to Kněhyna. Now the trail is forbidden, there are even significant barriers made of felled trees on the border of the reserve so that no one can enter it. The sign then traverses the top along a narrow path to the Kněhyně saddle. Here you can walk about 500m sideways to the well Partyzánka and the monument to Růžena Valentová. From the Kněhyně saddle, the ascent leads to the highest point of the Čertův mlýn route. The top is completely wooded and there are no views. Even so, it is worth a visit, people build high mounds out of stones here, and a short distance along the green mark is the natural phenomenon Devil's Table. From the top, I continue further along the red mark with a steep descent down to the Tanečnice sedlo crossroads. Along the way, views of Frenštát p. R. and the adjacent hills open up from time to time. I rest in the saddle in the gazebo and set out for the next descent down the green sign. When I'm almost down, the route leads me around Bystrý waterfall, and then along the asphalt road to Maralák. When the valley opens, there are nice views of the surroundings. In Maralák there is an excellent restaurant with a nice sitting area and a bus turntable. He runs here once in a while in the direction of Trojanovice and Frenštát p. R. If I want to go back to Kunčice pod Ondřejníkem, I have to continue on foot along the asphalt road leading to the train station.

Wooden church

The wooden church of St. Prokop and Barbora located near the train station in Kunčice p. O.

Wooden church
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Stolovec

I walk a large part of the way along the Stolovec stream

Stolovec
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Source

Leopoldka spring in the background of the cottage, here ends the most difficult ascent of the route

Source
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National nature reservation

The NPR sign, which points to an entry ban in the direction of Kněhyně

National nature reservation
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Devil's mill peak

the top part is completely covered with spruce forest

Devil's mill peak
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The devil's table

The Devil's Table is a stone phenomenon created by natural influences

The devil's table
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Mounds

demonstration could at the devil's mill

Mounds
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Bright waterfall
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Bright waterfall

The waterfall is located a short distance downstream from the marked sidewalk

Valley

valley between Velká Stolová and Noříčí hora, Čertův mlýn peeks out in the background

Valley
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In Maralák

view in the direction of Frenštát p. R. and the Velký Javorník massif

In Maralák
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