Izera by Bike I
This cycling route is a proposition for those who like to commune with nature and love the speed of two wheels at the same time. For this trip try to pick a nice, dry day as many roads included in this route are gravel. Make sure you have a mountain bike as narrow tires will cause an accident.
Izera has a whole network of cycling routes. They have numbers which can be found in the field and on the map. We will try to refer to both cycling route numbers and the hike markers so you can easily figure out the direction.
Level of difficulty: Look at the graph of height and length.*
*Please note, although the above map may be considered useful to plan your trip, it is mainly for illustrative purposes as it reflects only approximate locations and distances. However, it is not an accurate map to be used in the mountains. Every tourist should carry the map of hiking trail markers while trekking. More information about it can be found under Safety Tips section.
Information for family witch children below 3 years old:
The roads that have been chosen for this trip are gravel and asphalt. In general we think the child below 3 years old can be taken for this ride on the parent's bike, however due existence of the larger stones from time to time we leave this decision up to you.
Description of the trip
Our starting point is in Jakuszyce which - from the administrative point of view - is a part of Szklarska Poręba. You can get here by car or by train. If you drive, park the vehicle in one of the several parkings in Jakuszyce. For the purpose of this route, you may leave the car in the parking on the front of the Muller petrol station as it is the closest spot to our starting point. If you travel by train, get off on the Polana Jakuszycka and reverse a bit to the mentioned petrol station.
Find the gravel road on the front of that station and cycle 2,5km uphill to Rozdroże Pod Cichą Równią. The railroad track will cross your way at the very beginning of the trip.]
The next part will be a cycling track indicated by the numbers 8,9,13 partially merging with the blue hiking trail. After about 2km, the blue trail turns left. Go straight on. Behind the bridge turn left entering the yellow hike path and cycling road number 9 and 13.
On the second crossing, turn right into the cycling road number 13 named Ceglana Droga. Cycle straight on to reach the blue trail. Turn left and ride to the mountain hut called Chatka Górzystów.
If you have a strong bike and like more challenging ride, stay on the yellow trail and go straight ahead by the cycling route number 9. The first planned stop is in the Chatka Górzystów. Both routes will take you there.
The mentioned Chatka Górzystów is an extraordinary place. The hut offers 40 beds, great atmosphere and the very famous pancakes with blueberries and a white cheese. Some people come here from far away to try this dish as it taste like nowhere else. The pancakes can be purchased only at a specific time of the day, from 8:15AM to 11AM and from 5PM to 8PM. Chatka Górzystów has no electricity and luxury, but many people come here because of the simplicity and kindness of the hosts. At the weekends the hut becomes more crowded. If you stay here overnight, one tourist may play the guitar, somebody else may sing what gives a good fun for the guests. In the midweek you will find here a peace. The quietness in which you can stay with your own thoughts looking at the burning logs in the fireplace is exceptional. To contact the owner use the e-mail address: email@example.com
If you reach this place in a dry day, have a cup of tea on one of the benches outside of the building. Look around. Until 1945, this place was called Gross Iser and counted over 40 houses. Remnants of their foundations are still on the hall. After 1945, the colony disappeared. The only left building is the Chatka Górzystów which used to served its duty as a New School.
Leave the Chatka Górzystów and get to the junction visible at a distance from the entrance to the hut. Turn right on the blue hike trail and cycle route indicated by numbers 10 and 13. After that turn left on the yellow hike trail which is a continuation of the cycle routes 10 and 13.
Within few minutes the cycle route splits. Number 10 turns right and 13 goes straight ahead together with the yellow hike marker. Follow the route number 13 and ride until reach the asphalt road. Turn left and in 1 min get to Polana Izerska.
Polana Izerska (965m o.s.l.) is a meadow surrounded by coniferous forests. It is a perfect place for a rest and for a picnic. On a top of that it is a junction which gives many possibilities. From here you can get to Śweradów Zdrój, Na Stogu Izerskim Shelter and Świeradów Zdrój Gondola Lift but also to Quartz Mine Stanisław and Jakuszyce.
This time our suggestion is to cycle in the direction of Orle Shelter (orleturystyczne.pl).Take the blue hike trail which is also number 13 of the cycling route. Pass by the Chatka Górzystów and go straight on by following the red hike trails markers and number 8,9,13 of the cycling route. The last but not least attraction on the way is the beautiful shelter Orle which offers about 50 beds, conference room and activities for groups called Aktywny Wypoczynek (Active Recreation). Under this program, a group can try an archery and airgun shooting, cooking food in pots over the fire, ride quads, climbing with an instructor, do Nordic walking, take a part in feasts, bonfires and many other attractions. In addition, Orle is a headquarter of an association called Towarzystwo Izerskie. Thanks to their active involvement in the Izera mountains' promotion, there are several events organized on a yearly basis. The most famous are the Retro cross-country Skiing Tour and the Retro Bike Tour. If you wish to find out more about it, click here. Try to translate this website into your native language by using the common internet tools.
To get to the parking/train station, follow the cycling route indicated by the numbers 2,13 which at the beginning goes along with the green hike trail.