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Hike across Špičák

Through beech forest

Petr Liška
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Hike across Špičák
Inserted: 19.08.2013
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Ridge path from Albrechtice u Frýdlantu to Oldřichovské sedlo (“pass”) is interesting mainly by preserved beech forests /the path leads through national nature reserve of Jizerskohorské Bučiny / and a lot of rock formations along the way – this makes a little bit different Jizera Mountains. The path leads through two relatively interesting points of view – Špičák hill (724 m asl) and Rock Castle. This part of the 7 km long ridge path over the Jizera Mountains takes about two hours. There are the panes of the educative trail along the way „Oldřichovské háje a skály” (“Groves and rocks around Oldřichov“).

Ascend to Špičák

From Albrechtice the path enters to the protected area of ​​Jizera mountains and rises through the forest along the hillside of Kančí vrch (“Boar´s hill”) (680 m asl), where are the only attraction bunkers from pre-war border fortification. After the yellow trail from Mníšek respectively from Liberec joins and begins to rise to Špičák, nice rocks between local massive beeches begin to appear.

Ascend to Špičák
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Mining rock

Just below the branch to the top of Špičák there is an interesting rock formation – Důlní skála (“Mining rock”).

Mining rock
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View to basin of Liberec

There is a limited view from the top of Špičák – to the plains in the north, but also to the basin in Liberec lined with Ještěd ridge, along which leads a very nice trip.

View to basin of Liberec
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Iron ladders

The descent from Špičák is secured by several iron ladders.

Iron ladders
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Rock formation Hřib

Among the most beautiful rock formations along the way belong also Hřib (“ the Bolete”).

Rock formation Hřib
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Spring Manila

Only a short way in front of Skalní hrad (“the Rock Castle”) is also spring Manila flowing from the hillside of Stržový vrch (“hill”), where you can replenish water supplies before next walk.

Spring Manila
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Rock Castle

On the northern slope of the Stržov hill directly above the canyon of the river Oleška is a small rock town.

Rock Castle
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The outlook of Špičák

There is a nice view of the heavily forested Špičák from the outlook point at the Rock Castle.

The outlook of Špičák
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The top plateau of Rock Castle

The magic of the Rock Castle is not in the outlook from it, but rather from the rocky plateau, where is also a fireplace and you can sleep here under the stars and enjoy the romance.

The top plateau of Rock Castle
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Ridge path between the rock formations

The continuing of the way is pleasant – it leads along the ridge full of beautiful beech trees and rock formations. Then follows a steep descent into Oldřichov pass, from where it is possible to continue further along the ridge or descend to Oldřichov.

Ridge path between the rock formations
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