THE HRUBOSKALSKO ROCK TOWN belongs to Český ráj - Golden trail of the Bohemian Paradise
This romantic area is formed by nearly 400 sandstone towers reaching a height of up to 60 metres. The selective weathering of the sandstone gave rise to rock windows, tunnels and mainly rock gates, the most beautiful of which is Bránická Tower (with difficulty VI to VIIc) in Dračí Rocks with its perfectly arched ceiling. The Rock Town was inhabited as early as in 5000 BC and in medieval times several castle fortifications were built (Valdštejn, Hrubá Skála). Today the local rocks are a popular destination for rock climbers. The Golden Route that leads through the Rock Town shows the visitor many interesting sights.
the rock formations are strong and form plateaus at an altitude 380 meters above sea level. The plateau breaks down at the edges and creates a typical rock town. Dozens of the rock towers are more then 90 meters high. Glens and gulches at the edge of the plateau create romantic nooks.
Due to the numerous sandstone cliffs and columns jutting up out of the ground, this area is popular both with tourists and rock climbers, although many can be scrambled up without technical climbing skills.
For easier orientation Hruboskalsko is separated into to five groups:
1-Predni Skaly (Front Rocks)
2-Skalni Mesto U Kapely (Rock Town By The Band)
3-Zriceniny Hradu Valdstyna (Ruins of Castle Valdstyn)
4-Skaly U Rybniku Vidlak (Rocks by Pond Vidlak)
5-Skaly U Rybniku Vezak (Rocks by Pond Vezak).
Over hundreds of these rock formations can be found here and they have been given a variety of names. In one of them, for example, is a grotto called Adam's Bed, others are Maják (The Light House) Dračí skály (Dragon's Rocks), Zamecka Rokle (Castle Gorge), Kapelnik (Bandmaster), Certova Ruka (Devil's Hand)
Here you can find one of the most unique geological formation in the reserve marked with climbing difficulty grades from III to VIIc.
Take road 35 from Jicin towards Turnov. Take an exit to Hruba Skala, Pelesany or Sedmihorky. Parking is at Hruba Skala Castle, Valdstejn Castle or Sedmihorky.
You can also take a bus from either Jicin or Turnov.
Taking a train, stop in Sedmihorky station, turn right across the train tracks and follow the blue sign 3km, then turn northwest on the red trail for 1.5 km.
Hrubá Skála - HRUBOSKALSKO ROCK TOWN belongs to the area of Český ráj - Golden trail of the Bohemian Paradise.
A lot of footpaths leads through the rock town, up to 11 km in length. There is an educational path, its length is 7,5 km and it takes about 3-4 hours to complete.
It's allowed in this area only when the rock is dry, using soft shoes and equipment not damaging the rocks. Using magnesium is restricted in this area.
Top rope climbing allowed only if the surface of the rock will not get damaged.
When to climb
May to October is the best for finding the surface of the rock dry.
A listing of climbing formations with their difficulty grades can be found here:
Camp in Sedmihorky Campground
External LinksHruba Skala