is the most obvious landmark and one of the highest summit in the Jizerské/Izerskie/Iser Mountains, arguably the most interesting of them. It is only two metres lower than Smrk
and four metres lower than Wysoka Kopa
. With 237m of prominence
it is the second most prominent summit in these mountains. Jizera is easily recognizable from quite a distance thanks to the characteristic cluster of granite rocks on the very top of the mountain. The rocks add a grain of jaggedness to the otherwise rather monotonous scenery of vast, rolling, heavily forested highlands. Jizera, like the mountains it sits in, seems to have been named after the River Jizera, although the river rises a few kilometers away from the mountain, on the south side of Stóg Izerski. The Germans who lived here until 1945 called the mountain Siechhübel or Siebengiebel (Seven-peaked)
, although on its top there are just two prominent tors plus a smaller one.
The highest tor on the top of Jizera looks like most of the vantage points in the area: It is crowned with a summit cross and part of the route is fitted with metal railing and occasional ladders. Next to the main tor, just west of it, stands another great tor, whose elevation is only a little less (no waymarked route). The third rock, considerably lower, sits just east of the main summit. Between the two largest tors is a locked hunters' cabin whose porch makes for a spacious shelter.
Cabin between tors
Views from the summit of Jizera are excellent. There are hardly any buildings in sight – mostly mountain ranges and woodland. In the southeast, beyond conical Bukovec, rise the Giant Mountains
. In the east, the characteristic cone of Ještěd
capped with a communications tower catches the eye. The northeastern horizon is formed by the undulating Wysoki Grzbiet (High Ridge
) with Smrk and Stóg Izerski to the north, and Zielona Kopa (the massif whose highpoint is Wysoka Kopa) and Wysoki Kamień in the east.
Getting There & Routes
Jizera sits in the central part of the Iser Mountains, in the territory of Czechia. From the summit it is about 15 air kilometres to the Czech city of Liberec
and about 10 air kilometres to the Polish town of Świeradów Zdrój
. If you are driving, you can park your car (approx. €4 per day) at the Smědava inn
at 850m, on road 290
, from where it is less than an hour's walk up to the summit of Jizera, first west via a dirt road (red marks), and the last 20 minutes up the northwest side of Jizera (yellow marks).
A much more interesting route leads from the village of Bílý Potok
(train terminus). First green, then yellow marks will take you to perhaps the rockiest place in the Iser Mountains, Frýdlantské cimbuří
, from where you will continue, passing Polední kameny
(a subgroup of Frýdlantské cimbuří), via the same yellow trail, to the dirt road from the Smědava inn mentioned in the previous paragraph. The whole hike from Bílý Potok to the summit of Jizera takes over three hours. The net elevation gain is about 700m.
Czech trains and buses
Red Tape & Camping
The upper part of Jizera mountain is protected as a nature reserve in which you are only allowed to move along the waymarked trail. Camping in the Iser Mountains is not allowed. Bivouacking is doable, however, it may take you at least half an hour to find a suitable spot by one of the dirt roads in the area – unless you decide to make use of the shelter on the very top of the mountain. You need to beware of ticks. The nearest campsite
is in the village of Hejnice, near Frýdlantské cimbuří, about three and a half hours' walk-up to Jizera.
In winter, road 290 (Hejnice–Smědava–Desná) can be closed.
There are plenty of guesthouses as well as several hotels and campsites in the villages around the Iser Mountains. The nearest 'mountain hut', Smědava, is located within an hour's walk from the summit, but in fact it is an inn/restaurant (which closes at 6 p.m.!) rather than a hut. You can have tasty blueberry dumplings (not to mention great draught beer), but you cannot bed down there.
When To Climb & WeatherDuring high season and at weekends it may be difficult to avoid the crowds.
Mountain rescue phone numbers:
Czechia +420 1210
Poland +48 601 100 300
Weather forecast for Hejnice at 375m on accuweather.com