The route is one of the absolute classics of cross-country skiing in Harrachov and can be described as moderately difficult. The shortest version is 7.9 km long and depending on your fitness and time you can extend it to 16.9 km. Thanks to the start at the top of Čertova hora that can be easily reached by a cable car, the first difficult ascent is eliminated. You will have several refreshment options along the route, right at the cable car, in Studenov and in Ručičky.
Basic circuit - The route starts at map no. 8 - Čertova hora. You can reach it by one of the two cableways leading to the top of Čertova hora from Harrachov and Ryžoviště. Here is a chance for the first refreshment in the buffet. From the top of Čertova hora you will go to the blue ski slope, the upper part of which is used by both downhill skiers and cross-country skiers. Therefore, extra caution is advised here. After a short careful descent, turn right to map no. 7 Blue slope. At this point, you will reach a groomed cross-country ski trail. The first section of the trail to the Studenov chalet (map 9 Studenov) is mostly flat but ends with a steep downhill. The Studenov chalet is the only place on the route where you can refresh yourself in the interior of a classic restaurant. After a slightly longer descent, you can warm up on the steeper climb to Čertova pláň, from where it is a short walk to the Ručičky crossroads, where you can find another refreshment option. The last section is 2.5 km long and it descends to Ryžoviště in Harrachov where the route ends at Startpoint F - Lesní zátiší.
The basic circuit
1. Armabeton - the first tip for extending the route is to turn right on the descent from Ručičky after 900 m at map no. 14 Kladová cesta - odbočka. A slight climb will take you to map no. 15 Kladová cesta - U maštale. Here you will find the KRNAP rest area from where you will take a 1.5 km long descent to Startpoint J - Armabeton. Map
2. Via Luboch - another possibility to extend the route without further climbing is to turn right at the descent from map no. 15 Kladová cesta - U maštale. You cannot miss the turn-off, it is a distinct junction marked as map no. 39 Okružní cesta. Here you will find a beautiful 1.5 km long straight path ending with a short descent to Mumlava to map no. 37 Luboch. The way continues through a romantic river valley, which will lead you to the Mumlava waterfalls. At the waterfalls there is a last possibility of refreshment before the upcoming end of the route, which is at Startpoint C - Bus station. Map
3. Kladová cesta – pokud si chcete užít přeci jen trochu delší výlet a nezaleknete se nějakého stoupání, pak se můžete vydat na nejdelší variantu. Na sjezdu z Ručiček se vydáte doprava u mapy č. 14 Kladová cesta – odbočka a projedete si celou Kladovou cestu, což je asi tak 5,5 km mírného stoupání. Odměnou je prudší 1 km dlouhý sjezd na Krakonošovu snídani a dále pak mírný 5 km dlouhý sjezd celým údolím řeky Mumlavy až ke Startpointu C – autobusové nádraží. Mapa
3. Kladová cesta - if you want to enjoy a slightly longer trip and are not afraid of climbing, then you can take the longest option. At the descent from Ručičky, turn right at map no. 14 Kladová cesta - odbočka and go all the way through Kladová cesta, which is about 5.5 km of gentle climbing. The reward is a steeper 1 km long descent to Krakonošova snídaně and then a mild 5 km long descent through the whole valley of the Mumlava river to Startpoint C - the bus station. Map