Wysoka Kopa (German: Hinterberg)
is the highest peak of Jizera Mountains (Polish: Góry Izerskie, Czech: Jizerské hory, German: Isergebirge)
. It's an inconspicuous mountain on the Polish side of Jizera Mountains, not far from Czech Republic, easy to hike, so it's a good trip for hiking even with children in summer and for cross-country skiing in winter. It is just 2 meters higher then the highest mountain on the Czech side, Smrk
The peak itself is not very spectacular, but on the way up there there are many nice views to the highest Czech mountain range Krkonoše.
The top in January
The top in June
The peak lays near the red marked trail going over the ridge on the Polish side from Świeradów-Zdrój to Szklarska Poręba. It's also a part of Główny Szlak Sudecki
trail. At the 90° turn between Sine Skałki, there is a small shelter. From this shelter, there is a small path heading up to the summit. It's only a few hundred meters of easy hike from there, although when the snow is melting or after the rain, it could become very wet.
The shelter by the branch in January
If one wants to go up quickly, there are two ways:
1) When hiking, park your car at Rozdroże Izerskie on the road between Świeradów-Zdrój and Szklarska Poręba and take the green marked trail to the abandoned quarry. Then follow the red marked trail to the shelter mentioned.
2) If cycling or cross-country skiing, the fastest way is from Jakuszyce - follow the green marked trail to the quarry mentioned in 1) and then follow the same red marked trail up.
There are many other possibilities to go, i.e. from the Czech side from Jizerka, the red marked trail following the ridge has some spectaular views both from east (Szklarska Poręba) or west (Stóg Izerski, 1105 m, one can go up by a chairlift or on foot/ski/bicycle from Świeradów-Zdrój).
In winter, prepare for a huge amount of snow, it could be really difficult to go without ski or snowshoes. I wouldn't recommend cycling or hiking (without snowshoes) from December to March/May, depending on the winter.
The area is accessible all year.
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External LinksWysoka Kopa
on Wikipedia (only in Polish and Czech)
Trail Główny Szlak Sudecki
The town Szklarska Poręba
The town Świeradów-Zdrój
(only in Polish)
(only in Polish)