Jeseniky Traverse Day 4, Serak to Ramzova

10/3/2013

It’s around 6:00 a.m. when I wake up into the colors of a beautiful sunrise. The sky is clear, there is no trace of the yesterday overcast. View from our room down in the valley is incredible,  excited for the sunny day we start our hike shortly after breakfast.

Tourist Chalet  Jiriho na Seraku

Tourist Chalet Jiriho na Seraku

The trail leads us downhill and it is so far the most difficult trail we experienced here. Full of roots and steep natural steps our knees get a haul, luckily the path is dry through the forest, and where there is ice in the open areas, the trail easies on its steepness and allows us to get around.
Obří Skály (Giant Rocks) are the first stop on our way. It’s warm and the rocks lure us to little bit of scrambling.
Obri Skaly (Giant Rocks)

Obri Skaly (Giant Rocks)

Back afoot the trail connects with gravel road but dreaded road slog does not materialize. Soon we see a narrow path by a tree with a trail sign. We take it and before long we find ourselves sliding down a slippery hillside. At this point it’s obvious this is not part of the regular route, our boots are dipping in the mud, green belays come handy. Our little adventure ends at a creek where we can clean our boots. Climbing up the opposite side is much easier and reconnects us with the trail.

Descending towards  village of Ramzova

Descending towards village of Ramzova

Ramzová where we arrive around noon feels just like any other ski town during October, empty and shut down. Owners of most pensions are taking advantage of the couple month between seasons to finish repairs, even local pub is closed. Finding a refuge in the only open pension around we order garlic soup, it is a good honest soup made from scratch, with croutons, egg and cheese.

Small waterfall along the way

Small waterfall along the way

I’m leaving happy that after over 20 years I finally made it back to this picturesque mountain range, and I hope that next visit will come with much shorter time gap. There’s still many more beautiful places to explore here.

Ramzova train station

Ramzova train station

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