To Dvoračky – 17,8 km
Moderately difficult trail, mostly on asphalt roads, several refreshment facilities and resting places along the way, highest point of the trail Dvoračky at 1 133 m above sea level.
The popular mountain hut Dvoračky is the destination of the first all-day trip. From the beginning to the end you will follow an asphalt road, only a short part before the Dvoračky hut the terrain changes to a forest gravel road.
The route starts in the centre of Harrachov, from where you will head towards Ryžoviště, where the road starts to rise slightly and you will reach the crossroads Ručičky. Here you can have your first snack before heading further towards the Dvoračky chalet. From Ručičky to Dvoračky the road continually slightly climbs and offers beautiful views not only of the nearby Rokytnice nad Jizerou, but also of the more distant Bohemian Paradise, Ještěd, the Lusatian Mountains and, in good visibility, the peaks of the Central Bohemian Highlands. The goal and also the highest point of the route is the mountain hut Dvoračky. From there, after a necessary rest and refreshment, you will follow the path with yellow marking around the Světlanka chalet, where you can refresh yourself again, back to the Ručičky crossroads. The last snack bar before the final descent to Harrachov is at the Studenov crossroads. After a gentle climb around the cableway in Ryžoviště, which is not in operation in summer, you will reach the large ski jumps with a beautiful view of Harrachov, from where it is only a short distance to the planned end of the trip in the centre of Harrachov.
To Vosecká bouda – 22,1 km
Difficult route, mostly on asphalt roads, limited refreshment options and resting places especially in the second half of the route, highest point of the route Vosecká bouda at 1 251 m above sea level.
When visiting Harrachov, you should not miss a visit to the Vosecká bouda. Almost the entire route is on an asphalt road and only two shorter sections lead along a forest gravel road and an even narrower forest path.
The route starts in the centre of Harrachov and leads you through the quiet part of Harrachov, along Bílá voda and the Harrachov swimming pool to Harrachova cesta. Soon you will reach the main trail towards the Mumlava waterfalls, which you certainly should not pass without at least a short stop. Mumlavská bouda or Bistro u Lišáka is your chance for a refreshment before the next part of the journey, when a steady gentle climb along a forest road through the romantic valley of the Mumlava will take you to the Krakonošova snídaně crossroads. Krakonošova snídaně is an important crossroads from where you can go in four various directions. This time you will choose the yellow route towards Vosecká bouda. Prepare for a steep climb, since Vosecká bouda is the destination and the highest point of the route at the same time. You will be rewarded with magnificent views. The entire Mumlava valley is at your feet, the peaks of the western Giant Mountains from Lysá hora to Plešivec and Čertova hora in Harrachov are within reach, and the Jizera Mountains and Ještěd are on the western horizon. If you are lucky, the peaks of the Lusatian Mountains loom behind them.
We recommend you to have something to eat and drink here, because on the way back to Harrachov there is no possibility of refreshment, except using your own supplies. From Vosecká bouda you will go back along the forest path and at the first crossroads turn right onto Janouškova cesta, which is also called TEREX. The terrain here is gently undulating until you reach the bridge over the Kamenice, where you turn left and follow the forest path descending around the Kamenice river past the Deskový waterfall to get back to the asphalt road, which is the last part of today's route.
To the Krkonoše Waterfalls – 24,4 km
Difficult route leading to the highest parts of the western Krkonoše Mountains, partly on asphalt roads, partly on gravel surface, several refreshment facilities and resting places along the way, highest point of the route Harrachovy kameny at 1 416 m above sea level.
Due to the length of the route, our trip starts at the top of Čertova hora, where you can take a cable car to make the first climb easier and shorten your day hike. From here you will head towards the mountain hut Dvoračky. There are two refreshment options on the way, in Studenov and Ručičky. From Dvoračky you continue to the saddle of Lysá hora and then along the slopes of Kotel past the mysterious Růženka's garden to Harrachovy kameny. It is the highest point of today's route and it is worth making a stop to enjoy magnificent views of the distant landscape, the Kotel and Velká Kotelní jáma. The memorable mound of Hanč and Vrbata is already within sight. You can make a stop nearby to have a snack and rest in Vrbatova bouda. Our route continues along the Buchar's path towards Labská bouda where you will pass the highest Czech waterfall created by the Pančava river. From the lookout Ambrožova vyhlídka, which is by the way exactly in the middle of today's route, you can look down on Labský důl almost from a bird's eye perspective - that is, if you do not suffer from vertigo. With or without a stop, the route leads to Labská bouda and from there to the crossroads U čtyř pánů. At this point you begin to leave the peaks of the Krkonoše Mountains and descend along the Harrachova cesta through the valley of the Great Mumlava to Krakonošova snídaně, from where you start to approach Harrachov downstream the Mumlava. You can enjoy a well-deserved refreshment after the summit hike before the end of the route right at the Mumlava waterfalls or in one of many restaurants in Harrachov.
To Sněžné jámy – 28,3 km
The most difficult route leading to the main Krkonoše ridge on the Czech-Polish border. The surface is partly asphalt, partly gravel, several refreshment facilities and resting places along the way, the highest point of the route Sněžné jámy at 1 481 m above sea level.
The route starts in the centre of Harrachov and initially leads you through a quiet part of the town along Bílá voda and the Harrachov swimming pool to Harrachova cesta. After that, you will reach the main trail towards the Mumlava waterfalls, which you certainly should not pass without at least a short stop. Mumlavská bouda or Bistro u Lišáka is your chance for a refreshment before the next part of the journey, when a steady gentle climb on a road upstream the Mumlava will take you to the Krakonošova snídaně crossroads. The real climb begins here and leads to the peaks of the Krkonoše. At Vosecká bouda you can rest, refresh yourself and enjoy beautiful views not only of Čertova hora, but also of the entire Mumlava valley and the distant Ještěd, Jizera and Lusatian Mountains.
Then you continue your ascent to Svinské kameny, where you will join the ridgeway called the Czech-Polish friendship trail, which will take you to the highest point and destination of today's hike, namely the impressive Sněžné jámy. From the terrace you can enjoy a unique view of Sněžné jámy and Poland as well as the scenery of central and eastern Krkonoše Mountains. Your route will continue via Labská bouda to the source of the Elbe river to the crossroads U čtyř pánů. At this point you begin to leave the peaks of the Krkonoše Mountains and descend along the Harrachova cesta through the valley of the Great Mumlava to Krakonošova snídaně, from where you start to approach Harrachov downstream the Mumlava. You can enjoy a well-deserved refreshment after the summit hike before the end of the route right at the Mumlava waterfalls or in one of many restaurants in Harrachov.
To beautiful views – 19 km
A moderately difficult route with different types of surface including asphalt roads, forest paths, trails and unpaved stony climbs. Several refreshment facilities and resting places along the way, the highest point of the route is the saddle of Zadní Plech at 1 186 m above sea level.
The hike will take you from the centre of Harrachov to the top of Zadní Plech, a place with magnificent views of all cardinal directions. On the first section of the trail you can expect quite a difficult climb in the rocky terrain around the ski jumps which will lead you to the jump-off platform of the mammoth ski jump. However, as a reward you can experience the feeling of a ski jumper who cannot actually see where he is falling. Then you continue along the asphalt road with a slight incline to the ski slope where there is a wooden viewing platform with a beautiful view of Harrachov. After the climb you can have a well-deserved refreshment in the snack bar at the top of Čertova hora. There is also a possibility to make the climb easier when skip the previous part and take a comfortable cable car from Harrachov to the top of Čertova hora. Your journey continues along the ridge around Janova skala with a limited view of the Rokytnice side, then via the Studenov crossroads to Ručičky, where there are refreshments facilities everywhere.
From this point you will climb along the yellow hiking trail to the saddle of Zadní Plech, which is the destination and the highest point of today's route. On the way you can enjoy beautiful views not only of the nearby Rokytnice nad Jizerou, but also of the more distant Bohemian Paradise, Ještěd, the Lusatian Mountains and, in good visibility the peaks of the Bohemian Central Highlands. From the saddle the trail continues downhill on a rocky path to Krakonošova snídaně, where there is another opportunity to buy something to eat or drink before you start your journey along the Mumlava to the Mumlava waterfalls. From here you follow the forest path with yellow marking which passes above the former shafts of Harrachov mines. Remains of mining activity are still visible.
This forest path ends in Ryžoviště, from where you can comfortably head back to the centre of Harrachov on the road.
The Polish side of the Krkonoše – 17,9,km
A moderately difficult route leading through the Polish northern slopes of the Krkonoše. The surface is mostly sand and stone, only the final descent is on an asphalt road. Along the way there are several refreshment facilities and resting places, the highest point of the route is the peak Szrenica at 1347 m above sea level.
You can get to the trailhead in neighbouring Poland by train or use the Harrachov taxi service. The distance from the train station in Jakuszyce in Poland to the start of today's route is approximately 1 km and it follows the green marking. As in other cases, you will walk along paths with different types of surfaces including asphalt roads, forest paths and stony trails, but today there are boardwalks as well.
Climbing gently through the woods past small lakes, the path gradually becomes narrower and leads to an amazing rock formation called Ovčí skály. Continue on the green trail over Polish slopes to Hala Szrenicka, where you can have your first snack and taste some Polish cuisine on the way. Your journey continues on the red trail with the steepest climb to the highest point and destination of today's route, the Polish Szrenica. From here you can observe the entire Giant Mountains right up to Sněžka (unusual perspective from the Polish side for us), plus the entire Polish foothills, the entire neighbouring Jizera Mountains and, in very good visibility, the more distant Lusatian Mountains and the highest peaks of the Bohemian Central Highlands. Here, too, there is a possibility of refreshment in a self-service restaurant. From this point you will descend and return via Vosecká bouda and Krakonošova snídaně along the Mumlava and past the Mumlava waterfalls back to Harrachov.
To Rokytnice – 15,7km
Moderately difficult route (easy route if you use the cable car to Čertova hora). The surface is partly asphalt, partly gravel, several refreshment facilities and resting places along the way, the highest point of the route is Čertova hora at 1 020 m above sea level.
This route will take you to the neighbouring Rokytnice nad Jizerou to the Smugglers Trail. Today's terrain will be largely on an asphalt road, but you will not be able to avoid a grassy descent down the slope and again a climb up a forest path on the Smugglers Trail.
Since the climb from Rokytnice nad Jizerou is quite difficult, we recommend to make the beginning of the route easier and take the cable car from Harrachov to the top of Čertova hora, where our route starts. It descends gently down the slope where you should not miss a visit to the lookout point, from which you can enjoy wonderful views of the town of Harrachov, the western foothills of the Giant Mountains and the Jizera Mountains. Near the viewpoint the trail leaves the slope and continues to the left along forest paths, initially on flat terrain and later downhill to Rokytnice nad Jizerou, where you can explore the neighbouring town. It is a good idea to have a meal in one of the local restaurants before continuing on the Smugglers Trail. In four stops you will learn a lot of interesting information about the history of smuggling in the Giant Mountains and also about the smugglers themselves, who were very popular among the local people in their time. The trail will take you to the Ručičky crossroads, where you can find another snack bar before the final descent to Harrachov via Ryžoviště.