Driving the steepest road of Poland (28%) to Przełęcz Karkonoska
Przełęcz Karkonoska is an internationl mountain pass at an elevation of 1.263m (4,143ft) above the sea level, on the Polish-Czech border.
Where is Karkonoszka Pass?
Set high in the central Karkonosze Mountains, within the Karkonoski National Park, the pass is located on the border of the historical region of Lower Silesia in Poland and the Hradec Králové Region of the Czech Republic.
How long is the road to Karkonoszka Pass?
The pass is 12.2 km (7.58 miles) long, running north-south from Sobieszów (part of the town of Jelenia Góra in southwestern Poland) and Špindlerův Mlýn (in northern Czech Republic). Although road quality on the Polish side is relatively poor, the pass is much sought after by mountain bikers.
Is the road to Karkonoszka Pass challenging?
The road to the summit is paved but in very poor conditions due the weather. It’s said to be the steepest road of Poland with 24% in parts, with an average of 15% on 820m of ascent. The reason of this is that they once planned a road for cars, with laces like the Czech one, and built a preliminary road for engines. For some reason the project was never achieved, and only the engine road remained. Since then cyclers regularly challenge on it, and there is even a yearly race.
Pic: Łukasz Wachowicz