Climbing a Polish mountain!

On one of the last summer weekends in the middle of September, my wife & I decided to try hiking up a mountain.  We’ve both been working out regularly for the past year with AllforBody personal trainers and figured we were pretty fit.

Our first attempt at hiking up a mountain was almost 6 years ago in Zakopane when we ended up being overtaken by a fat kid and feeling pretty bad about it.  So for our second attempt we chose a smaller mountain, Mogielnica, which is the highest peak in the Beskid mountain range.  Maybe we should have gone even smaller…

This is the view from the car park, and we had at least a 2 hour hike to the top.  But it was a nice sunny day, not too warm and with a slight breeze.

As we entered the trail, there was a small house with a memorial next to it and an information point which told a story about the Polish partisans and soldiers who fought from these mountains during WWII.  As we continued further up the trail we found a bigger memorial.

After a quick look around we carried on up the mountain, and it got harder. It’s a rocky and fairly steep trail, but apparently only classified as green/yellow.  This is supposed to be one of the easier trails, I’d hate to try a red or black trail at the moment!

But it was a really nice place to spend a few hours.  It was peaceful, not crowded at all and the air was so fresh!  It did take us about 2 hours to reach the top, and we were both getting tired towards the top.  Luckily we had bought sandwiches with us, so we sat at the top and had a little picnic to restore some energy.

Pretty decent view for a picnic! This area was a little busier with people hiking, cycling and some who had a ton of gear with them and I guess they had been camping out.

The other thing at the top of the mountain is a 20 metre high tower, made from wood and slightly wobbly.  But you are already at 1171 metres above sea level, so why not go another 20? It’s actually really cool, as it gets you above the trees to give you a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.  On a really clear day, you can apparently see the Tatra mountains in the distance.  It wasn’t clear enough for us to see them, but there were still some stunning views!

It then took us another 2 hours to get back down again, but it was much easier and the picnic had helped to refresh us.

It’s a beautiful place to visit if you have the energy and stamina.  About 2 hours from Krakow.  I’ll be going back at some point to try some different trails.

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