Very overcrowded rock, shall be avoided in July-August. Very nice view from the top however.
Before it gott to crowded, 15 year ago, there were 3 other people on the top. Went down on the Slovakian side to the Rysy hut(?) and down to the valley.
In July 2006 I was at Morskie Oko and it's overcrowded, a lot of young people trying to run up and down on paths with a lot of turists that are not familiar with mountans.
A very nice hike to Poland's highest peak. Views of the lake on the way are wonderful.
I parked my car on the roadside of the road linking Strbské Pleso with Stary Smokovec, where the road crosses the Poprad river. Altitude 1205 meter. I started walking at 5:40 a.m. Up on the peak at 8:15 a.m. Started descending after 15 minutes on the peak. Back to the car at 10:40 a.m. A total 20 km of walking. Good weather with only a few clouds. And only a few people on the way up because of the early morning start.
Nice ski descent
The hike was great, solid scramble, and a long approach trail.
There were almost no views, the fog was very thick. There was alot of crowds at the summit. It is one of the best peaks, a moderate class, but the great thing, pure solid rock!
I climbed Rysy in the end of 2003 summer, from Slovakia. The weather was nice, although at the summit it was snowing a little bit.
Climbed Rysy in awesome weather. I had to assist a Polish climber that fell from Vysoka and suffered an broken leg. The rescue team had to carry him height 500 m down to a place where the helicopter could land. Poor guy.
Climbed in beautiful weather, very big crowd.
Once it was completely foggy, visibility about 5-10 m. And the second one it was sunny with clouds. Quiet a good hike.
I was - it all.
Nice ascend from polish side with the descend to slovak side. Gloomy clouds stilled up in the sky and it didn't rain. There is an album from the ascend: http://www.summitpost.org/album/307751/in-steps-of-v-i-lenin-rysy-from-polish-side.html
Unexpectedly, about a meter of snow felt in the middle of august in Tatras before our ascend. Snow made the ascend very interesting. I picked the packed backpack prepared for voluntary hikers to get it up from chalet at Popradske pleso (1550 m) to chalet below Rysy (2250 m). It weighted 40 kgs. I had difficulties at chains section below the upper chalet, but managed to do it with the reward of free tea with rum. I didn't have own camera, but one polish friend made some photos for us: http://www.summitpost.org/image/13689//member-profile-photo.html, http://www.summitpost.org/image/137532/150343/me-on-the-summit-of-rysy-in.html.
Nice hike in nice weather from Slovakian side, and I also tried myself as a "sherpa", carrying up 27 liters of mineral water to the chalet from Popradske Pleso - the cup of tea I got in return was maybe the best I've ever had! :)
both trails (Slovak and Polish)
Raining heavily till Chata pod Rysmi. I got totally wet. From the hut to the peak the sun came out of the clouds so we reached the top in nice weather and got dry.
A great trip at the height of the summer season, with many people enjoying the mountain.
Nice route, nice view...but too much people.
Very quick ascent - Only 3,5 hours from the shelter house in Morskie Oko. After one beer. :-)
I've been to this beautiful mountain a few times between age 7-10 (middle-late 1980s) with my family (and a throng of other hikers :) ), and again with my dad in 1994 (who was 73 years old then!) - so I have some very fond memories of this place.