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Ostrzyca

 
Ostrzyca

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Object Title: Ostrzyca

 

Page By: visentin

Created/Edited: Feb 20, 2013 / Feb 23, 2013

Object ID: 839467

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Overview

 
The cone of Ostrzyca from the south trail
The cone of Ostrzyca
 
Basalt rocks...
Summit basalts
 
Educative sign on the foot of the stairs to Ostrzyca
Nature reserve

Polish volcanoes ! Who would have thought ? Yes indeed, Poland has its volcanic region. OK, nothing like Stomboli, Teide or Etna, just remains of extinguished volcanoes, basaltic organs and chimney necks, a bit like the french Auvergne.
Ostrzyca is what we call a dead volcano. It is located in South West Poland, on the piedmont of the Sudetes, in the region we call Kaczawa mountains. The full name is Ostrzyca Proboszczowicka as it is located near the village of Proboszczów (there is another Ostrzyca near Dalków). Ostrzyca means "sharp", just like its former German name, "Spitzberg" (whose etymology matches the real Arctic Spitzberg...).

Ostrzyca is 501m high, but its prominence over the surrounding terrain is only of 120m. It is the volcanic feature of the Kaczawa region whose conic shape suggest the most explicitly a volcano, and due to this gave the local surname of Fuji-Yama of Lower Silesia. Despite a modest height, it is a splendid viewpoint, from where we get a panoramic view of the Kaczawa mountains, as well as pieces of the Karkonosze mountains here and there behind in the skyline.

On the top itself, there is like a circular balcony carved in the rocks, in which five or six person can fit. Walking the summit rocks is worth doing, one can observe basaltic columns running parallel and falling on the opposite side of the summit. Some rare plants are found between the rocks, like Festuca Pallens, Hepatica Nobilis, or Allium Strictum, a remain of the glaciation ! For this reason the entire summit is a natural reserve (no rubbish, fires and so on...)
Southern panorama from Ostrzyca
South panorama


Getting there

 
Summit basalts of Ostrzyca
Summit basalts
 
Basaltic Organs on Ostrzyca
Basaltic Organs
 
The stairs to Ostrzyca
Stairs

 
Summit basalts of Ostrzyca
Summit basalts
 
A dwarf forest...
A dwarf forest
 
Ostrzyca - the past volcano...
Seen from North

When leaving the A4, Proboszczów is reached most conveniently from the Legnica exit and then Złotoryja. If coming from the South (CZ for example), it is recommended via Jelenia Góra and/or Świerzawa.


Larger map

Summit basalts of Ostrzyca
Summit basalts

Routes

 
The trail to Ostrzyca
Base trail
 
The stairs to Ostrzyca
Stairway to heaven
 
Deers on the slopes of Ostrzyca
Deers
 
Summit basalts of Ostrzyca
West view

It is possible to approach it from all sides, but the summit part is easily reached only by the steps that were build in the rock located on its north slope. The closest way to approach it by car is from the road between Bełczyna and Proboszczów. Near the spot where the road is the closest to the volcano, a track goes to it between two fields, and end into a terrain where cars usually park. A little forest trail cicumvents the hill and reaches the foot of the stairs.
Another possibility is a little road going from Proboszczów to a second car park west from the mountain, from which the stairs are reached too.
Greetings from Spitzberg
Greetings from Spitzberg

Accomodation

 
Some little village from the top of  Ostrzyca
Bełczyna from the top
 
Some little village from the top of  Ostrzyca
Proboszczów from the top

There is an excellent accommodation near Świerzawa to explore all the region: Villa Greta, known as one of the best agroutourism B&B in Lower Silesia.
Sunrise on the trail to Okole. Ostrzyca Proboszczowicka in the distance
Fuji Yama in the distance

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yatsekLittle things

yatsek

Voted 9/10

1 Ostrzyca is the highest hill of Pogórze Kaczawskie, which is not part of the Kaczawa Mts. but their foothills.

2 The height is 501m.

3 It's a volcanic neck rather than a "dead volcano".

4 "Ostrzyca Proboszczowicka" translates as "Proboszczów Ostrzyca", not the other way round.

5 Red Tape chapter?

6 Why don't you embed more of the pix?

Posted Feb 22, 2013 3:32 pm
visentinRe: Little things

visentin

Hasn't voted

7 why don't you let me finalize the page ? :D

Red tape ? do you see any red tape ?
Posted Feb 22, 2013 5:06 pm
yatsekRe: Little things

yatsek

Voted 9/10

7 I hope it'll look more like your Gromnik page. I've already cast my vote since there's no "under construction" label.

8 As to red tape, there's a nature reserve somewhere there.
Posted Feb 23, 2013 6:36 am
visentinRe: Little things

visentin

Hasn't voted

The page is complete, you can now transform your sixs into sevens, your sevens into eights, eights into nines and... oh my god, no. Not a ten ! :D
Posted Feb 23, 2013 4:27 pm
yatsekRe: Little things

yatsek

Voted 9/10

OK :)
Posted Feb 24, 2013 3:05 am

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