Rudawy Janowickie (Landeshut Ridge) is an extremely picturesque range of not very high mountains in the Western Sudetes at the foot of the Giant Mountains (Karkonosze) in Poland. This small mountain range is known especially among climbing enthusiasts for the large number of rock forms and boulders on which you can start your adventure with mountaineering.
An evening walk in the Sokolich Mountains is an perfect route for enthusiasts of photography and mountain views: Pass Karpnicka - Swiss chalet - Sokolik - Hussite Rocks - Krzyżne Mountain - Pass Karpnicka. The length of the trail is just over 5 km. 342 meters up and the same down. The time of trekking is less than 2 hours - time to admire the views ... unlimited. I recommend this short route especially for afternoon and evening so as to stay on Krzyżna Góra until sunset.
Rudawy Janowickie and Góry Sokole are the mecca of Polish climbers and Himalayan mountaineers. Wanda Rutkiewicz, Wojciech Kurtyka and Krzysztof Wielicki learned to climb these rocks. There is Sokolik mountain 642 m a.s.l. in the photo.
Evening view from Krzyżna Góra in Rudawy Janowickie to the Jelenia Góra Valley and the Karkonosze (Giant Mountains).
This is the Sokolik Mały rock, further you can see the Kaczawskie Mountains. This rock is a paradise for climbers - there are about 50 climbing routes.
Krzyżna Góra with a height of 654 m a.s.l. this is the second of the most famous peaks of the Sokole Mountains. You can get there from the Karpnicka Pass. I recommend visiting the famous Szwajcarka mountain hut on the way.
The mountain landscapes admired at sunset of Krzyżna Góra are mesmerizing. There you can see Jelenia Góra on the horizon.
The highest peak of Rudawy Janowickie (Landeshut Ridge) is mount Skalnik 944 m above sea level. The peak of Skalnik is overgrown with a forest, so to admire the views it is worth going a bit further southwest to the Ostra Mała viewpoint.
Starościńskie Rocks are a large group of rock forms on the summit of Lwia Góra (718 m a.s.l.) in the central part of Rudawy Janowickie in the Strużnickie Mountains in Poland.
The most interesting tourist attractions in Rudawy Janowickie are: scenic tourist routes, beautiful forests, nature and amazing rock formations. I recommend following the route: Strużnica - Rozdroże pod Bielcem - Głaziska Janowickie - Ruins of the Bolczów Castle - Janówka Valley - Starościńskie Skały - Strużnica. Along the way, you can admire the landscapes, castle ruins as well as rocks and boulders with amazing shapes. The entire route is less than 15 km (747 m up and the same down). Walking time about 5 hours.
The Rudawski Landscape Park (Rudawski Park Krajobrazowy) with an area of 15,705 hectares was created in 1989 to protect nature and mountain landscapes.
Bolczów Castle (561 m a.s.l.) was built at the end of the 14th century on a granite rock in the northern part of the Rudawy Janowickie. You can reach the ruins of the castle along the tourist trail from Janowice Wielkie, Trzcińska or Strużnica.
The ruins of Bolczów Castle on an inaccessible hill above Janowice Wielkie. There are Kaczawskie Mountains in the distance.
Top view of the ruins of the Bolczów castle.
To find it you need to get off the trail a little and go round the woods but it's worth it because this rock skull is impressive! We got to it using Google maps.
View of the Sokole Mountains in the western part of the Rudawy Janowickie. There are two characteristic peaks: Krzyżna Góra (654 m) and Sokolik (644 m) in the distance.
A warm September evening in Rudawy Janowickie. The leaves on the trees are beginning to take on autumn colors. Fogs are rising above the valley ... and in the distance you can see the Giant Mountains with the characteristic pyramid of Śnieżka.
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