Ramzova – green trail – Obri skaly (1088 m) – blue trail – Serak (1352 m) – red trail – Ramzova. 12 km. Total ascent / descent: 650 m. To visit Keprnik you have to add 3.5 km and 100 m of ascent / descent.
We start our walk in Ramzova – a small Czech ski resort at the foot of the Hruby Jesenik. There are two car parks – one, near the main road Branna – Jesenik (larger and paid) and the second – up the narrow street going from the site of the first car park to the square in front of the lower station of the chairlift to Serak. At the upper car park we find a signpost with information on local tourist and bike trails.
We choose the green trail that leads us straight ahead, along garages and enters the forest. It runs down the side valley to a wooden shelter, then turns right onto a traverse. From clearings we have views of the southern, Czech part of the Gory Zlote with Smrek (1115 ma.s.l.) – the highest in the whole range.
The vista turns right again but the green trail guides us straight ahead, down the steep slope to the valley of the Vrazedny stream (730 m). We cross the rapid brook by the stone dam.
At the next shelter the trail turns right onto a vista running up the valley of the stream. The road closes to the stream flowing down with scenic cascades in the stone river bed.
Road along the Vrazedny stream / One of culverts in the valley
Behind the footbridge we find the next culvert and shelter, and up the valley. Near the next dam it is worth to leave the road and walk down to the bed of the stream to see scenic rocks on slopes of the valley – a herald of the mighty Obri skaly.
The vista becomes a path, and the ascent is more steep. The valley narrows, in a dense wood we cross the brook and climb onto the nearby asphalt road from Ramzova.
The green trail runs left with the vista to the crossroads under Obri skaly (930 m), where we meet the blue trail from Horni Lipova and where we can enjoy a nice panorama of the Gory Zlote and the Snieznik Massif.
Both trails starts a toilsome ascent to Obri skaly. As we the altitude rises – wide vistas open behind us.
Finally, when we are getting tired the path suddenly turns left and after 150 metres reaches the upper edge of Obri skaly. Here we have another wooden shelter and crossroads with the bike trail.
Upper parts of Obri skaly
Now, it its worth to find old markings of the scenic path (on the left side of the last of rocks) to make a short stroll (watch your steps and keep to the path) along the vast formation of Obri skaly with nice panoramas of the Snieznik Massif, Rychleby, the Biala valley with Jesenik spa resort, and Serak, of course.
We have to return to the crossroads over Obri skaly via the same rocky path. From Obri skaly we ascend to Serak by the blue trail. On the line of the wood we can turn around to enjoy once again the beautiful scenery. The blue trail climbs through the spruce wood, passing by a lone rock with benches below.
The tiresome ascend ends at the junction with the yellow trail. We are only few hundred metres away from the refuge on Serak.
We rest on benches near the tourist hut, hanging over the deep hollow of Jesenik surrounded by the Rychleby, the Opava Mts. and the Orlik ridge in the Hruby Jesenik. Then, you may ring the bell in a stone belfry standing in the shadow of Keprnik (from which slope the TV tower on Praded sticks out)
On Serak / Rychleby seen from Serak
From the tourist hut on Serak we walk with the blue trail straight ahead to the crossroads on the southern slope. If you would like to go to Keprnik (description and pictures from the summit) you should walk left with the red trail leading up the dark wood to the top of Keprnik (then back the same way).
The red trail runs from Serak down to Ramzova via the stony Horse Path. This route was used in the past for beer supply to the hut on Serak.
The upper part of the Horse Path is very rocky.
From the next part we have vistas of the deep, wild valley of the Klepacsky stream with Keprnik and Vozka dominating the other side of the valley.
Suddenly the terrain flattens and the path leaves the spruce forest arriving in the clearing under Cervana with the middle station of the chairlift to Serak.
The clearing provides us with vistas of the Serak shoulder – Mracna hora (Dark Mountain) as well as Ramzova surrounded by the Rychleby.
46) Mraczna hora z Czernavy
The last section of the red trail is not quite interesting (so we can use the chairlift to get to Ramzova) – the vista goes down bending through dense woods with few panoramas.
Ramzova seen from descent from Cernava / Over the car park in Ramzova
TIP: You can combine the walk with visiting nearby (10 km away) caves na Pomezi by the road from Lipova-Lazne to Javornik or the spa part in Jesenik.
From Serak you may also ride down using the chairlift – the upper station is located at the end of the yellow trail (500 metres from the refuge)