Klínovec (German: Keilberg) is a flat, prominent peak visible from afar, located 3.5 kilometres southeast of Boží Dar (English: Godsend, German: Gottesgab). It is the highest point of the Ore Mountains and of the whole mountain system. Geologically, it is a structural range composed of mica schist and orthogneiss, with smaller rock formations on its slopes.
The average annual temperature at Klínovec is 2.7°C and the average annual precipitation is approximately 1,050 mm. The snow cover holds for about 140 days, reaching its maximum in March (1m at average and occasionally more than 2.5 m). Under favourable conditions, Klínovec is a prime lookout point with visibility as far as Ještěd (HLV [Main Thousand-Metre Peak] 344; 1012m) or even the Šumava Mountains some 150 km away.
The first lookout was built on Klínovec in 1817. The present-day octagonal stone look-out tower dates back to 1884 and it is 24 metres high. An inn was built and gradually renovated in the course of years from 1895 until 1929 and it houses a magnificent hall with a stylish coffered ceiling, depicting the coat-of-arms of the towns of the Ore Mountain region. After 1989, the whole complex began rapidly dilapidating and its gradual reconstruction, launched in 2005, was subsequently discontinued.
Klínovec is dominated by an 80-metres high telecommunication tower. A chairlift leads to the hilltop, as well as a number of ski lifts (offering the best snow conditions in the Ore Mountains). Ski trails winding along the peak are maintained in winter and bike trails in summer. A spring may be found about 200 metres west of the peak above the road. The woodland is mostly damaged spruce forest. An interesting fact is that Klínovec is the highest peak in the Czech Republic lying outside a protected area (i.e. a national park, protected landscape area, national nature reserve). The geodetic point at Klínovec, embedded in an asphalt road, is also quite untraditional.
How to Get There
Klínovec is accessible by road up to the very top (take the turn from the main road connecting Boží Dar and Vejprty) where a car park is available for visitors. A red-marked tourist path from Boží Dar roughly copies the road to Klínovec. You may also follow the red-marked tourist path from the Nástup chalet, where you can also find a car park of the Klínovec-North skiing area (a number of excellently maintained downhill courses more than 1,000 metres long with a superelevation of 250 metres). Worthwhile is the route from the village of Suchá following the yellow tourist mark (3.5 km with a superelevation of 400 metres). A chairlift on the southwest side, constructed in 1965, leads almost to the top of Klínovec (length 1,630 metres, superelevation 428 metres, and upper station 1,230 metres above the sea level).