March through the Western Giant Mountains
Krkonoše ridge crossing II: One of the most beautiful passages of the entire Krkonoše ridge crossing is the march from Česká budka through Violík, Sněžné Jámy, Vysoké Kolo to the crossroads Pod Smělcem. You will enjoy beautiful views, rock formations and amazing ice-worked rocks in Sněžné Jámy. The blanket of this stage is about 4 km.
View of Violet
This second stage of the Krkonoše ridge crossing begins at the crossroads at Česká budka (1,407 m above sea level). From here, a comfortable path ascends to the Violík pyramid
View of the source of the Elbe
From the road you can see the besieged spring of the Elbe on the plateau formed by the Elbe, Mumlavská and Pančavská meadows. The horizon is dominated by the Czech ridge of the Giant Mountains with Kotle and the slightly lower Lysá hora
The top of Violík is a nice rock. A well-trodden path leads to it. However, the signs prohibit climbing to the top, so it's up to you whether you respect it or not
View of the Wawel
From Violík you will find a slight descent into a shallow saddle and a slight ascent to Vysoká pláň (1,497 m above sea level) / own peak Vysoké pláně is the Krakonoš pulpit rock located on the Polish side of the border – this peak is taken as a side to Vysoké Kol).
Looking back at Violet
The ascent to Wawel is pleasant and leads through a picturesque landscape, where you feel more like crossing the plateau somewhere in the Nordic countries than that you are in the highest parts of the western Giant Mountains. Apart from Violík, the peak of Szrenica and the Jizera Mountains on the horizon are also peeking out
High Plain and Wawel
Less than half an hour from the Czech booth, you stand on top of the High Plain. The biggest landmark of the peak is the former tourist cottage Wawel, today unfortunately inaccessible and serving as a transmitter. Next door is the Krakonoš pulpit rock.
Snow Pits and High Wheel
There are always a lot of people at Wawel. No wonder there is probably the biggest attraction of the entire western Giant Mountains – the mighty snow pits with lots of views. Next to it is the highest peak of the western Giant Mountains – Vysoké kolo.
Views of the Snow Pits
There are a number of viewpoints around the Snow Pits, so you can enjoy the views of this dramatic part of the Giant Mountains to the full.
View of Śnieżne Stawki
At the bottom of the Snow Pits you will also see several lakes. There is also a hiking trail around them, so a possible alternative to the summit march.
Around The High Wheel
The former route through Vysoké Kolo is forbidden to enter and the official route traverses its northern slope. The large rocky sea crosses and there are distant views of Poland. The hike thus acquires a completely different character than on the high meadows a while ago.
Looking back at the Wawel
The actual path of the stones is absolutely amazing. Looking back you can see the Snow Pits and the Wawel
At the High Wheel
After you go around Vysoké Kolo, you can also see it nicely, from this side it looks more pronounced than from Sněžné Jam. The original path is clear. our path now rises slightly below another peak Smielec (1,424 m above sea level).
Amazing view of the Giant Mountains
The road ascends a short distance from the Polish peak Smělec. the highest place on the Czech side of the border is called Velký Šišák (1,410 m above sea level). From here there is a wonderful view of a number of Krkonoše peaks.
View of the Men's Stones
Now you will descend to the shallow saddle between the bolder and Mužské kameny, where this stage ends. The path continues along the ridge or you can start descending to Martin's hut and further to Špindlerův Mlýn or Poland.
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