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Location: Małopolska, Poland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 49.48419°N / 20.33707°E

Trail Type: Cross Country, Downhill, Mountain, Cyclocross, Touring

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Out & Back

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Page By: Visentin

Created/Edited: Sep 16, 2008 / Dec 12, 2009

Object ID: 267644

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Lubań, from the pass Przełęcz Knurowska


Lubań is another very famous mountain of Gorce, a bit excentred, and with fine views to Pieniny.
There is a camping area on its top, and near the starting point, an interesting possibility of accomodation at Studzionki pass, near the start.

Trail Description



Lubań is a long and thin mountain so on most of the distance the ridge can be cycled, excepted few parts, in general not very long, with sharp bumps on the ridge. Most of these places are near the beginning, so I think it's mayme more convenient to start from the track which starts at Szlembark (I've seen cars going to huts via this trail so it can be cycled).

On the pass Przełęcz Knurowska, you can park on the track opposite from this trail's direction, in the direction of a guesthouse indicated on a sign (continuing in this direction, you are on the trail to Kiczora).
The first sections of this trail are very discouraging, with many ups and downs, most of them forcing to step down the bike and push, and them step down again because the way down is too steep too. You pass few tops, rather "bumps", called Bukowinka and Cyrla.
However, on the way back, returning to the car, you will find this section much easier.


Then, you arrive to a wide flat part with meadows, where are located a half dozen of barns, one of them being a guesthouse (Studzionki).
You can also reach this place via the road-track that serves it from the main road downside (the few cars I saw witness this possibility).
For few hundred meters the trail keeps going steadily through the forest on a large track, then passing a small improvisated football field, it becomes a walking track again.

Through a nice forest made both of conifers and trees with leaves, it climbs few other secondary tops like Kotelnica, Runek Hubienski, Runek. However, these bumps are more generous than the ones previously met during the beginning, and most of them can be dealt staying on the bike by selecting the easy gear early enough.
Lubań is demanding mountain, only for cyclers who really master and use well the gears on the bicycle, they are all permanently sollicitated, both front and back, all along the long distance of this route.
A good endurance and ability to mobilize its whole energy in sudden moments, to climb unexpected bumps, is also stongly required for this route.

Nearer to the end, the easiest the trail becomes. We cross few meadows where handful of billberries can be picked on the way : Polana Wybranska, Kudow, Jaworzyny Ochotniczkie. This is the finest part.
You pass the junctions of the green pedestrian trail, then the blue, arriving from the North slopes of Lubań.

At the end, as we can expect by watching the shape of this mountain, a steep climb is required on foot, pushing the bike on the last meters.
On the top of <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/trail/267644/luba-.html >Lubań</a>, <a href= http://www.mbpost.com/area/267426/gorce.html >Gorce</a>

On the top, you will find a milestone, and a memorial cross, with a saying of Pope John Paul II, known by the Polish to be also a famous mountain lover, and who apparently enjoyed many times this point of view.
"Gorce bardzo kochałem, a na Lubaniu wiele razy byłem"
("I loved Gorce very much, and to Lubań Often I went")


Walking down the opposite side of the summit for a short while, you will find a whole meadow covered of Digitalis purple flowers, near which is located surprisingly a camping area held by some student mountaineering club from Cracow (no refreshments neither food or water for sale)

4h required.

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Getting There


From Cracow, follow the direction to Zakopane. At Nowy Targ, take the direction to Nowy Sącz.
Some 15km further, depending on the starting point, park at Szlembark, or, at Knurów, take the road to Przełęcz Knurowska (direction of Ochotnica Dolna)