Izera by foot I
This time we would like to take you to Izera Mountains. Start this walk from the address: ul. Konstytucji 3 Maja 1, as there is one very interesting place before the hike. Świeradów Zdrój is a town which gained its fame thanks to the radon - ferruginous mineral curative water. The starting point is located close to the Walking Hall, which has many advantages. At first you can taste this water from the spring of drinkable water situated by the main entrance. In addition, the building itself is very unique. It is 80m long and has a flower-plant polychrome, stained-glass windows and the coat of arms of the Schaffgotsch family above the stage. On top of that the admission is free of charge. If you are lucky, you may have a chance to listen to the piano playing. The place is opened from 8AM to 7PM, 7 days a week.
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.
Description of the hike
Leave The Walking Hall and find the red hike markers. For the first few minutes the red markers go in the same direction as the blue. Your first target is the Na Stogu Izerskim Shelter so follow the red signs. The trekking is rather tiring due to the height difference 550m on a relatively short distance. However, the road is paved for about 75% of the distance so you don’t have to struggle with the big stones under your feet. Na Stogu Izerskim Shelter is located very close to the relatively new Gondola Lift. If you feel like this 2 hour climb is too difficult, there is a lift which will bring you to the same point.
Na Stogu Izerskim Shelter was built in 1924. Currently, the renovated building offers 47 beds and very tasty Polish cuisine. Here you can organize a group event or spend time by yourself. The view from the terrace definitely compensates the fatigue caused by climbing uphill.
Recharge your batteries and leave the terrace when you are ready. Izera Mountains are relatively flat on the top, therefore the greatest effort is behind you. Follow the yellow hike markers for the next 85 minutes. Pass by the Stóg Izerski peak (1108m o.s.l.). This will be the highest place you reach. The next part leads through the woods. Parts of the road can be a bit muddy.
On your right hand side there is the Izerskie Bagno which can be translated as Izera Swamp. These mountains are an ideal environment for forming peat which is a type of turf or a mass of decomposed plants that accumulate in wet environments without oxygen. The oldest peat in the Polish part of Izera formed 11 thousand years ago.
The yellow trail leads to a blue one and the next stop is in the mountain hut called Chatka Górzystów. You should already be able to see it from the junction. Turn right on the blue trail and you’ll get to the hut which offers 40 beds, a great atmosphere and the very famous pancakes with blueberries and 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 specific times of the day, usually from 8:15AM to 11AM and from 5PM to 8PM. Chatka Górzystów has no electricity or luxury, but many people come here because of the simplicity and kindness of the hosts. During the weekends the hut becomes more crowded. If you stay overnight, people might bring a guitar and sing in the evening making for a pleasant atmosphere. In the midweek the place is usually very quiet. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you reach this place on 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 visible. After 1945, the colony disappeared. The only left building is the Chatka Górzystów which used to served its duty as a New School.
Whenever you are ready, come back to the blue trail and turn right. Follow these hike markers to Świeradów Zdrój. The return walk should take about 2h and 15 minutes, without stop. However we suggest one more stop. In about 1h you will reach the Polana Izerska (965m o.s.l.). Take a look around. This wonderful, peaceful meadow surrounded by coniferous forests is a great spot for a rest or picnic. In addition, it is a junction which gives many options for trekking or biking. 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.
Your final direction will be Świeradów Zdrój. Stick to the blue trail markers and you’ll come back to town.