Szczyrk Gondola - Solisko - Hala Skrzyczeńska - Skrzyczne 1257 m n.p.m. - Dolina Zimnika
Distance: 36,1 km
Time: 3,5-4,5 godz.
Climbing: 1158 m
The trail starts under the gondola lift and leads to Solisko. Then, it climbs higher to the foot of the Malinów Hill and the crossing of hiking trails towards the White Cross (Biały Krzyż). It’s the longest part of the way (nearly 6 km long, with almost 400 m of hills), but with no technical difficulties. E- bikes can cover this distance without even the slightest problem. There, nearly 1000 metres above the sea level, you’ll see a stunning panorama of the local peaks and cities. Beyond all doubt, it’s an extremely picturesque route, especially when the air is clear. The second part of the way up to the Skrzyczne peak amounts to barely 250 m vertically along the paths traversing through the Skrzyczeńska Pasture (Hala Skrzyczeńska), Robber’s Mountain (Zbójnicka Kopa) and the picturesque green trail to the highest peak in the Silesian Beskids, namely the Skrzyczne Mountain 1257 m a.s.l.
From the top, there is a panoramic view of Szczyrk, Żywiec, the Żywiec Lake, Bielsko-Biała, the Żywiec Beskid Mountains (Beskid Żywiecki) and the Old Wives’ Mountain (Babia Góra). You reach the highest point of your trip at the 12th km already. Then, the route goes 10 km down to the charming Zimnik Valley (Dolina Zimnika). The downhill ride does not pose any technical difficulties, it’s a straight road, first gravel, then asphalt. The only thing you need to remember is to control the speed. At the end, you drive around the Skalite peak. Dirt-asphalt roads take you through the surrounding villages. At the end, traversing the Żylica Valley (Dolina Żylicy), you come back to the gondola lift again.