THE JIZERA MOUNTAINS ARTERIAL NETWORK
At present, skiers have almost 200 km of groomed trails available in the popular terrain of the Jizera Mountains within the Jizera Mountains Arterial Network.
The cross-country skiing trails not only take winter sports enthusiasts to the well-known centres of Bedřichov and Jizerka, but also to other entrance points such as Oldřichov v Hájích, Nové Město pod Smrkem, Desná, Horní Polubný or Martinské údolí in Kořenov and to the nature of the Jizera Mountain Nature Reserve in search of experiences and sports performance. Thanks to the close cooperation with other trail operators, such as the Jizera Mountains for You (Jizerky pro vás) in Kořenov or Bieg Piastów in Jakuszyce, Poland, skiers can also transfer to trails in the Giant Mountains or ski the groomed trails on the Polish side of the border.
The JIZERSKÁ non-profit organisation (www.jizerskaops.cz) established by the Municipality of Bedřichov has been involved in grooming the trails in the Jizera Mountains since the end of 1999. The money for the trail grooming is received from the Municipality of Bedřichov, the towns and municipalities in the environs, the Liberec Region, sponsors and donors, but also from the skiers themselves who could not imagine a winter spent without cross-country skiing.
The grooming of the cross-country trails in the Jizera Mountains commenced back in 1984 and as such it has the longest history in the Republic!
Routes for cyclists
We have prepared several tips for cyclists on how to spend your leisure time actively in the Jizera Mountains, in Bedřichov and in its environs. The cycle routes have a thematic focus. Their main goals include enabling cyclists to cycle through the Jizera Mountains Nature Reserve and acquainting visitors with the Jizera Mountains in a slightly different way, i.e. drawing their attention to the local history, to the presence of natural beauty or to cultural and technical monuments. We have used Bedřichov (the skiing stadium area) and the settlement of Jizerka (the car park under Bukovec, Mořina) as the main starting points.
To the “Little Château” of Chancellor Šámal (8 km)
Bedřichov, the stadium – Bedřichov, the game reserve (0.8 km) – /the Government Way/ – Za Novou Loukou (4.3 km) – Nová Louka “the Little Château” (5 km) – Bedřichov, the stadium (8 km)
The shortest cycle route in the Jizera Mountains is suitable for all age groups, in particular for families with children. It will acquaint you with the historical fates of what is now a recreational restaurant at Nová Louka. The secluded area near Blatný rybník (the Muddy Fishpond) was originally part of the glassworks. It was later converted into a hunting lodge which was frequently visited by the first Chancellor of the Czechoslovak Republic, Dr Přemysl Šámal, during the 1930s. There is a memorial plaque to Šámal near the restaurant.
Glassworks in the Jizera Mountains (14.2 km)
Bedřichov, the stadium – Bedřichov, the gamekeeper’s lodge (0.5 km) – Královka (1.7 km) – Hrabětice, the chapel (4.2 km) – the Josefův Důl Reservoir (5.5 km) – Kristiánov (8 km) – Blatný rybník (10.5 km) – Nová Louka (11.2 km) – Bedřichov, the stadium (14.2 km)
This relatively short cycle route takes visitors to the Jizera Mountains on a trip through the glass and costume jewellery industry, whose tradition in the area stretches back to the sixteenth century. Attention should especially be paid to three sites: the remnants of the glassworks in Bedřichov (directly under Lesní chata), the Monument to the Glass Industry of the Jizera Mountains located in the settlement of Kristiánov and Nová Louka.
Around the memorials of the Jizera Mountains (11.7 km)
Bedřichov, the stadium – Bedřichov, the game reserve (0.8 km) – the Bedřichov Reservoir on the Black Nisa, the dam (3,8 km) – the Black Nisa, the western fork (4.3 km) – K závorám (5.5 km) – Závory (5.8 km) – Pod Olivetskou horou (6.8 km) – Za Přehradou (7.1 km) – the Gregor Cross (7.8 km) – Nová Louka (8.7 km) – Bedřichov, the stadium (11.7 km)
This relatively short cycle route focuses on selected memorial sites and monuments in the Jizera Mountains. The Klagert Stone, the Lichteneckner Cross, the Melzer Memorial and the Stammel Cross can be seen in the section from Bedřichov (the game reserve) to the Black Nisa (the western fork). The Červenek Cross, the Gregor Cross, the Šámal Memorial, Gärtner’s death and the Gahler Cross can be seen the section from the Black Nisa (the western fork) to Bedřichov (the gamekeeper’s lodge) via Nová Louka.
Fitness and sightseeing (22.4 km)
Bedřichov, the stadium – Bedřichov, the gamekeeper’s lodge (0.5 km) – Nová Louka (3 km) – the Gregor Cross (3.9 km) – Hřebínek (6 km) – Točna (6.8 km) – Krásná Máří (8.1 km) – Na Žďárku (10.1 km) – Nad Černým potokem (11.1 km) – Čihadla (12.6 km) – Rozmezí (13.6 km) – Kristiánov (16.8 km) – Nová Louka (19.4 km) – Bedřichov (22.4 km)
This medium-length cycle route has been designed for all those who are not satisfied by merely riding a bike, but also wish to experience more. This is catered for by two stops; one at the clifftop lookout point of Krásná Máří, which offers views of the Frýdlant Basin and Hejnice, and one at the Na Čihadle lookout point, which offers views of the peat bogs in the Jizera Mountains. Both points are very impressive, but it is necessary to leave your bike at the wooden fence before setting off on the last part of the way to them in order to protect the environment, but also for your own safety.
The natural beauty of the Jizera Mountains I (26.8 km)
Bedřichov, the stadium – Bedřichov, the game reserve (0.8 km) – the Bedřichov Reservoir on the Black Nisa, the dam (3.8 km) – the western fork (4.3 km) – K závorám (5.5 km) – Závory (5.8 km) – Pod Olivetskou horou (6.8 km) – Za Přehradou (7.1 km) – the Gregor Cross (7.8 km) – Hřebínek (10.4 km) – Točna (11.2 km) – Krásná Máří (12.5 km) – Na Žďárku (14.5 km) – Nad Černým potokem (15.5 km) – Čihadla (17 km) – Rozmezí (18 km) – Kristiánov (21.2 km) – Blatný rybník (23.6 km) – Nová Louka (23.8 km) – Bedřichov, the gamekeeper’s lodge (24.3 km) – Bedřichov, the stadium (26.8 km)
This medium-length cycle route is especially suited to those who wish to get to know the natural beauty of the Jizera Mountains. It starts with the dark surface of the reservoir on the Black Nisa followed by a number of memorials or simple mountain streams with typical mountain flora. Visitors will also be able to enjoy popular views of the landscape especially from the Krásná Máří clifftop lookout or distant views of the dominant features of the Jizera Mountains, such as the rocky peak of Ptačí kupy and the mountains of Jizera and Bukovec. The general atmosphere is completed by pine, beech or mixed forests.
The natural beauty of the Jizera Mountains II (22.2 km)
Jizerka, Mořina – U Bunkru (1.6 km) – /the Promenade Way/ – Smědava (8.2 km) – /the Štolpich Road/ – Pod Jizerou (9.7 km) – Na Knajpě (11.2 km) – /the Barracks Way/ – Kůrovec (15.1 km) – Hraniční (15.3 km) – Promenádní (16 km) – /the Jizera Way/ – Jizerka, the turnoff to Předěl (20.7 km) – the Manor House (21.2 km) – Jizerka, the car park under Bukovec (22.2 km)
This medium-length cycle route continues the introduction to the beauty of the local nature. This time the starting point is the car park under Bukovec. The points of interest especially include the basalt Mount Bukovec and the Jizerka settlement, which was formerly known as an excavation site for precious and semi-precious stones. This is followed by the Promenade Way with its lines of small bunkers, the panoramic view of Mount Jizera (inaccessible to cyclists, the ascent is only possible on foot) and the so-called Jizera Primeval Forest. The mountain pine meadows are visible from the Na Knajpě kiosk. When travelling back in the direction from Smědava to Jizerka, it is impossible to miss one of the most important peat bog areas in the Jizera Mountains, the Jizerka Peat Bog.