» CZ, Brdy – Houpak and Jordan Impact Area: A Long Cross-Country Ski Trip in Winter
CZ, Brdy – Houpak and Jordan Impact Area: A Long Cross-Country Ski Trip in Winter
The Brdy is a place to visit not only in summer. They are magical as well when covered in snow. Both Houpak and the former Jordan impact area were only recently opened to the public. Houpak is an ideal place with perfect panoramatic vista. People who like long trips will love it here.
A Note on History
The Jordan impact zone was the very first one completed in the Brdy area. Tree cutting began here in 1928 and two years later the first artillery grenade hit the deforested slopes. Impact area was formerly much larger than today, with a width of 2 kilometers and was nearly 3 kilometers long. Today it's already overgrown with birch trees. In addition to the Jordan (mainly in the older maps sometimes known as Jedlina) and slopes of the Dlouhy Hill, the impact area includes the hill Houpak, which houses several military concrete structures. The most famous of them is perhaps a testbed infantry cabin called Benesak, which also appeared in the film Obecna Skola. The log cabin was used to test the effects of different types of bombardment and also to test the resilience of newly developed materials.
As for the vista, it is literally breathtaking in good visibility. Houpak is just a little lower than Tok, and because of deforestation there are no trees in sight. From the ceiling of the Military Observatory, it is possible to see Rip, Ceske Stredohori with Milesovka or Giant Mountains in good visibility.
The shortest route to Houpak is from Zajecov. The path leads along the green tourist sign at the crossroads to Kltista, from which the blue tourist sign continues. The route is about 5 kilometers. You can also take a winter hike to the swing with a trip to the highest peak of the Tok River, which is about 2.5 kilometers away. From the Houpak, follow the red tourist sign at the Dlouhy Kame Crossroad and continue from the red to Tok. The road passes directly over the former impact area of Tok and in winter you will feel almost like somewhere in the Nordic tundra. At the highest peak of Brdy you will arrive after about 1.5 km of climb.
If you feel like travelling a longer route, you can move on. There is a nice path in the winter on the forest paths of Kanska and Bursovska. This route will take you to the crossroads of Rovina, from where you can continue to Tremosna, go to Obecnice or take the opposite side to Pilska water reservoir. You can also drive from Toku along the Cihadelska forest road and continue around Pilska well to Bohutin or vice versa to Skelna Hut and Laz.
Na co nezapomenout
There are several so-called traumapoints, where you should catch a signal in case of emergency and find the necessary emergency numbers. Due to the fact that the slopes of Houpak and Toka are mostly deforested, you catch the signal with some luck, but it is good to bring a paper map with you. You may also be surprised by the sounds of the shooting, but you do not have to worry, though the army remained space in the Jince-Obecnice-Zajecov triangle, on the impact surface of the Jordan or the Tok is no longer shooting. In the winter season, cross-country trails are well-traveled throughout the area, and some forest roads are even covered. You can surprise the fallen trees, especially when taking downhills to watch out for.
GPS: 49°43'02.6"N 13°51'10.1"E
Text and photos: Eliška Gregorová
In the beginning of the year 2016 there will be the last chance for tourists to walk in a vast forest area they have never been to before. There are not even signs for tourists. The closed military area of Brdy will be open to the public. It means that only 90 kilometers from the south end of Prague you will have an opportunity to walk somewhere beyond Rozmital through the woods without stumbling upon any settlement or a busy road!
I have been going to the Brd area for a very long time. I read a lot of articles about this mysterious area and wanted to explore it with my own eyes and also with my own feet on a bicycle.
Are you attracted to hiking in winter? Today we will introduce you to 5 places that are definitely worth a visit. Both skiers and tourists will enjoy themselves here. Let yourself be carried away by the frosty atmosphere and magical views.
Jedová hora is located near Hořovice near the famous castle Valdek. Easy access and interesting surroundings make it an ideal tip for a trip to Brd. Feel free to do so in December.
Although the closure lags behind the highest peaks in Brdy, thanks to its convenient location near Skelná Hut and Pilská Reservoir, it is also an ideal place for a shorter winter cross-country trip.
Cross-country skiing is the number one winter activity this year due to the closure of downhill skiing and snowboarding centers. However, the popular Jizera Mountains are already bursting, especially on weekends at the seams. But where else to go for a nice run? Ore Mountains, for example, are offered.
Downhill skiing or snowboarding is probably not waiting for us this year, but cross-country skiers also offer great variety in these times. Today we will go to the Jizera Mountains. Cross-country skiing conditions are great, tracks beautifully prepared.
Prague is a popular tourist destination in Brdy, a hike to this hill can be combined with a trip to other nearby peaks such as Malý Tok or Hradiště. The big advantage is that once you climb to Prague, it will be easy for you to reach other interesting places in the area.
As soon as it is possible to move freely around the republic, we recommend this beautiful trip to nature. Both mentioned peaks belong to the popular and frequently visited areas of Brd, they offer views of the Litavka valley, Příbram and the surroundings rich in natural monuments.
Unmistakable Třemošná, towering over Příbram, is one of the most visited places in Brdy. However, its ridge continues with two slightly neglected peaks, namely Ohrádka and Malá Ohrádka. If you are looking for places with dazzling views, this ridge will surely delight you, with good visibility from here you can see all the way to Šumava.
Although Kokšín is not one of the highest peaks in Brdy, it is a characteristic feature of the Spálenopoříč region, in addition, it is easily accessible from the surrounding villages and boasts not only beautiful forest stands.
The Brdy village of Vacíkov became known mainly due to the activities of the local civic association fighting gold mining on Petrášek Mountain. The good news is that his efforts are not in vain and we can go to the forests around Vacík full of mushrooms, forest fruits and also many historical and natural attractions even today.
Koruna is located in the heart of Brdy near Strašice and belongs to the group of Brdy octopuses. In addition to beautiful forests and nature, the place also boasts an interesting history.
It's quite cold outside, but would you still like to go on a bike ride? The next bike trip we completed was around a picturesque landscape full of forests near Mníšek pod Brdy and it was definitely a very good choice.
Snowy Brdy have their magic, and more and more cross-country skiers are attracting in the winter season. There are many forest paths in the area in the winter, and if you are lucky, you will also find traces of trails. You can go for example up the dominant of the region of Pribram - Tremosna or somewhat deeper into the Brdy forests up to Skelna Hut.
Praha is an easy-to-spot hill towering above Nepomuk, behind the highest mountain of the Brdy - Tok. It lags behind only three meters. On its top is a meteorological radar and there are also remains of a German radar station.
Outside everything blooms, birds sing and everything is kind of cheerful. After a long winter, most of us long to go out into the wild and enjoy the first spring rays. With us you can go for one such walk.
Kloboucek is a bit in the shadow of Tok, Prague, Tremosna and other known peaks, but it is definitely worth a visit. Kloboucek is easily accessible from nearby Obecnice and a new forest trail leads to it.
Zavírka and Linkův Cross are among the most mysterious places in the Brdy, which are associated with many legends. In winter you can also get to Zavírka on cross-country skis and the mysterious Link Cross will be best sought during the period of vegetation calm, so both places are ideal tips for a winter trip to Brdy.
Vrch Nad Maráskem is located near the village of Míšov in the southern part of Brdo and is not one of the most famous. Which is a shame, because it offers great views and a walk through the surrounding forests, but at this time it is rather a welcome fact. You will avoid crowds of excursionists. A hike to this hill can easily be combined with a visit to nearby Třemšín.
On a hot summer day, not everyone wants to spend time marching all day, but what if you don't even want to lie down by the water all day? If you are looking for a compromise, today's walk is a great tip for you. In addition, children will appreciate an interesting trip, they will definitely not be bored. The whole trip can also be completed with a dog or bicycle.
Although Hradiště is one of the highest peaks in Brdy, it is not very visited, which is probably due to the absence of any tourist sign leading to its peak. But it would be a pity to miss it, it is beautiful in the local forests in every season.
Don't worry and go to the Brdy in winter as well. Local landscape is beautiful in any season of the year.
The dams on the Litavca River situated in the Brdy region were founded for the needs of the mines of Pribram. Today, these reservoirs feed Pribram and surrounding towns and villages with water.
The largest pond in the Pilsen region is located in the middle of the Brdy forests and not far from the remains of many defunct sites.
In the comming weeks we are about to see some of the most beautiful places in Brdy. First, however, we talk about Brdy protected nature area in general. It is one of the newest protected nature areas in the Czech Republic being established in January 2016. Therefore, areas which were of once restricted access.
Plešivec, výrazný protáhlý kopec v blízkosti Jinec, není možné přehlédnout. Místo patří k těm nejtajemnějším, jaká můžeme v Brdech najít. Váže se k němu mnoho pověstí.
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