Pec pod Sněžkou and its surrounding areas offer a wide range of marked cycle routes of various fitness demand. The starting ascent (gradient) can be easily overcome by using a cable car/chairlifts to Hnědý vrch (Brown Hill), Portášky and Černá hora (Black Mountain) in Janské Lázně.
From June to September, local cycle-buses are available; for more information about the timetable please visit www.krkonose.eu. Fans of extreme sports will appreciate a downhill mountain-bike route in Pec. For going up, tourists can use the chairlift to Hnědý vrch without limitations. Within KRNAP (Giant Mountains National Park) a whole system of mountain-bike-only trails has been built. Marked with wooden engraved pictograms, the routes are maintained by the National Park office. Annually, a number of remarkable cycle races take place in Pec pod Sněžkou and Velká Úpa (e.g. the Czech cup MTB XCO or Okolo Pece – Around Pec – an autumn race).
Route 20Pec pod Sněžkou – Husova bouda chalet – Pražská bouda chalet – Kladenská bouda chalet - Pec pod Sněžkou
A short, but arduous route takes you to the Giant Mountains ridges from where you can either return to Pec or access other trails and continue to Černá hora (Black Mountain) or Černý důl (Black Valley). The cycle route starts at the bottom station of the chairlift to piste Javor located in Pec pod Sněžkou, it is 5.5 km long and leads parallel to the blue hiking trail on an asphalt and paved surface. To avoid ascending from Pec, you can use a chairlift to Hnědý vrch (Brown Hill). Go past piste Javor along a brook towards Zahrádky, and then to the bottom station of the chairlift to Hnědý vrch. From the top station continue to the left towards Lesní bouda chalet, cycle along the red ridge trail via Husova bouda chalet up to Pražská bouda chalet. At the junction turn left to the road where you will see the green mark and go on. A downhill ride via Kladenská bouda chalet back to Pec is now ahead of you. Another popular option is to go straight on at the junction by Pražská bouda chalet, over to Kolínská bouda chalet up to Černá hora.
Route 21Pec pod Sněžkou - Chata Betyna chalet - Bouda v Obřím dole (Giant Valley chalet) - Bouda pod Sněžkou chalet - Kaplička v Obřím dole (Giant Valley Chapel)
The track starts at the parking place U Kapličky (located in Pec pod Sněžkou). The route is 4.4 km long and runs parallel to the blue hiking trail on an asphalt surface. From the car park, go to the bottom station of the cable car to Sněžka, follow the blue trail over to Betyna chalet, Bouda v Obřím dole chalet, Bouda pod Sněžkou chalet up to the chapel in Obří důl. From this point on cycling is prohibited. This moderate cycle trail can be used when heading to the historical mine of Kovárna.
Route 23Velká Úpa – Vlašské boudy chalets – Velké Tippletovy boudy (Large Tippelt chalets) – Krasovy boudy chalets
A more demanding cycle route is 7 km long and follows mostly parallel the green hiking trail on tarmac roads as well as forest cycle paths. The larger part of this quite demanding trip bears along side roads or asphalt forest roads, a third of it runs on stone or gravel surface. From the main road leading from Velká Úpa to Pec pod Sněžkou turn left at the outskirts of Velká Úpa in Vavřincův důl valley towards Javoří důl valley. Alternatively take route 23A, from Vavřincův důl valley via Hlušiny, after leaving the main road, follow the yellow hiking trail. More than 300 m gradient can be a test of your fitness, the hardest part will award you with unforgettable views of the mountains. From Vlašské boudy chalets cycle on for about several hundred meters to enter the slope of Světlá hora mountain. Get to Krasovy boudy chalets to continue to Janské Lázně or cycle to Horní Maršov to continue along the main road towards Pec pod Sněžkou.
From the main road leading from Velká Úpa to Pec pod Sněžkou turn right before Pecr Hotel in Pec pod Sněžkou, keep cycling parallel to the blue hiking trail. After 1 km, take the turn left, leaving the main road. The bike route is 3 km long, bearing along tarmac roads as well as natural paths. From Janovy boudy chalets continue to Růžová hora (Pink Mountain) or in the opposite direction to Spálený Mlýn (Burnt Mill). You can relax at Sagasserovy boudy chalets located between Výsluní (Sunny Side) and Janovy boudy chalets, above the top chairlift station at Portášky. Original dishes and rare local delicacies of the Giant Mountains are served, as well as steaks from meat of Scottish Highland cattle.
This cycle route connects with route 22 at Janovy boudy chalets and runs parallel to the yellow hiking trail towards Růžová hora. The bike route is 4.5 km long leading along tarmac as well as asphalt roads. The cycle routes ends at the cable car station on the top of Růžová hora, so from this point on it is possible to climb up the highest mountain or go up by the cable car. Along the way a number of cottages offer famous local cuisine.
The trail leads from Harrachov, Špindlerův Mlýn via Strážné, Výrovka chalet and Čertovy schody (Devil's Staircase) to Pec pod Sněžkou - here turn left just behind the crossroads according to the mark, leaving the main road heading to Velká Úpa, go on to Janovy boudy chalets, Spálený Mlýn and Lysečinské boudy chalets. From here, take the direction of Žacléř via Rýchorský hřeben ridge along 1A or opt for 1B direction, cycle through Horní Maršov, Krasovy boudy chalets, Černá hora mountain and Tetřeví boudy chalets, and, finally, get back to Pec pod Sněžkou. The legs of 1A are parts of bike races such as Krkonošská 70 (a 70 km race in the Giant Mountains) or Žacléřská 70 (a 70 km race in the Giant Mountains, around Žacléř sub-region).
Other marked, follow-up cycle routes in the area
Route 26Cestník – Dlouhý hřeben (Long Ridge) – Stará hora (Old Mountain) – Horní Maršov – Mánkova cesta (Mánkova Road) – Antonínovo Údolí (Antonín Valley) – Bystřice – Rýchorský kříž (Wayside Cross)
Route 24Spálený Mlýn – Pomezní Boudy – Eliščino údolí
While descending, you can enjoy splendid views of cottages dotted in hillsides as well as meadows scattered with colourful wild flowers and you can immerse yourself in a genuine local atmosphere. Reach a waypost junction. The route 24 runs to the right on the footpath via the so-called Eliščino údolí (Eliška Valley) area along the brook Malá Úpa. After 2 km distance from the car park there is the first relaxing point with a bench. Children will enjoy a fairy-tale figure of the water goblin a fairytale written by Marie Kubátová (author) on an information board. The fairytale is a part of Pohádková stezka (the Fairytale Footpath) with the total number of 10 fairytales. There is a junction near here. An arrow shows will show you the way to the Church of St. Peter and Paul.