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Location: Dolny Śląsk - Lower Silesia, Poland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 50.67209°N / 16.28311°E

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

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

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Page By: Visentin

Created/Edited: Sep 4, 2008 / Dec 15, 2009

Object ID: 267582

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Waligóra, 936m, "Heidelberg" in German, is one of the highest moutains of this excentred part of the Sudetes. It is the highest of the range in which it belongs, the Góry Kamienne.
Like most of the hills of the region, it is not a steep mountain, and strewn with a network of forest trails, most of them marked for Waligóra, which makes it an outstanding destination in the area for cycling.
The top itself cannot be cycled but the trail goes very close to it.
There is a beautiful moutain-hut at a big junction under the top, schronisko Andrzejówka.
The trail I describe here is not only going on Waligóra but all the surroundings. One part of it goes along the Czech border, since this mointain lies near the border.

Trail description


Waligóra, Polish and Czech markings together

Unfortunately I didn't scan well this map so one edge is a bit too short, but no essential information is missing about this final section of the trail which comes back to the main road.
The start is made at the village of Łomnica, where on the final bus stop, in the place where is a sort a roundabout at the junction. First, we take the road on the right of this junction, in the valley Trzy Strugi ("three sources"). First, the red-yellow cycling trail is the same as the blue. In the place they separate, the asphalt road ends, and turn left to follow the red-yellow.
This is the hardest part of the circuit, because the track climbs steeply. You arrive on the top of this ascent, where a little resting hut stands, and where is located the junction with the black one. We are on the Czech border, you can make a break in and satisfy some natural needs in Czech Republic if you need (I'm joking...)
Follow the black trail, now on a flat section, which climbs slightly while crossing a deforested part. Be careful at the end of this meadow, because you need to leave the black pedestrian trail and follow the green.
My initial plan during this visit was to keep on the black trail, but instead of joining back the others, it vanishes in the forest (map mistake ?) so forget about this option.

You also cannot follow the yellow going on the top of Waligora, because it is too steep to ascent, and even steeper to descend on the north side. You can attach the bike somewhere (at the mountain hut for example) and give the summit a visit on foot if you really feel like.
Following the main trail gathering 5 different colors, you reach the magnificent mountain hut "Andrzejówka" (http://www.andrzejowka.com.pl). There you can rest, eat, drink... As always in the huts in Sudetes... sleep is you even feel like.
When you leave the hut, take the track going up the long field, near the ski lifts, and turn right immediately after, following the red and yellow marks. the most simple to come back is to keep going down, this way you reach soon the route of the ascent, but you can make the Waligóra fun last longer. At the place the yellow leaves the green marks, let the bike take as much speed as possible in the descent, in order to catch the rude ascent that follows with the most speed possible (sharp turn out of the track on the left, be careful). This part is a bit uneasy, but soon it is flat again and descends into the valley further. Follow the black cycling marks, which take you back to Łomnica after a superb descent. Come back to the car park cycling up the village's main road few hundred meters.


Getting there


Waligóra is in the neighbourhood of the Polish city of Wałbrzych. Reach the town of Głuszyca, and then the village of Łomnica in which you can park the car at the junction of the trails at the last bus stop.
Łomnica is a very peaceful village with old fashioned wooden houses, and old people who live of (poor) agriculture. It is absolutely safe to leave the car. If you have a doubt, ask some nearby people and have a chat to make them feel OK.