JULIANA TRAIL – Stage 17: Tolmin–Planinski dom Pod Ježo (mountain hut)
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The stage starts in Tolmin, continues across the Soča River, through Volče, and on to Kolovrat, which is also the route of the Alpe Adria Trail, which runs across the former border to Veneto on the Italian side. We, however, descend along the ridge down to the Pod Ježo mountain hut.
Kolovrat is most certainly the highlight of the stage, and its highest point at Na Gradu (1115 m) offers fantastic views of the dramatic peaks of the Julian Alps on one side, and the hilly vineyard landscape on the other, all the way down to the Adriatic. A stop at the outdoor museum is a must, since you can see remnants of World War I there: caverns, trenches, artillery positions with various interesting details, such as the staircase in one of the caverns and preserved original materials used at that time (metal nets, steel plates, stone roof tiles, etc.).
The trail towards the peak of Ježa (949 m) runs along the Kolovrat ridge and steeply ascends along the right bank of the Soča River, offering a beautiful view of the former battlefield and the hinterland of the Isonzo Front: Kanin, Krn mountain range, Sveta Gora, Veneto, Friuli Plain, all the way to the Gulf of Trieste. Then the trail descends to the Pod Ježo mountain hut.
The entire trail stage is part of the Walk of Peace, running between the Alps and the Adriatic.
Rest stopsSTAMP - Na Gradu - Kolovrat, 1115 m
STAMP - Ježa, 949 m
Safety informationThere are no difficult sections along the trail. Act according to weather conditions. The trail is technically undemanding but can be strenuous, since the ascent from Volče to the Kolovrat ridge is one of the highest along the entire Juliana Trail. You need to overcome almost 1,000 metres change in altitude.
Tips and hints
- Accommodation and meals at the Pod Ježo mountain hut.
- Easy ascents to the peaks near the Pod Ježo mountain hut: Deveti konfin 930 m (40 min); Bukova Ježa 958 m (1h 15 min); Platena 1038 m (1 h).
The trail starts in Tolmin. Follow the signposts towards Soča River. Near the cemetery, you can access a path to avoid walking on the main road. Cross the Soča River on the road bridge, then turn left and continue past the oldest church in Tolmin, St Daniel’s Church in Volče.
On the other side of the village, right at the entry to the Kamnica Valley, there is a road leading to Solarij, the former border crossing. Follow the road to the first bend and then continue straight along a well-marked path across the steep forest slopes all the way to the Kolovrat ridge. While ascending, cross the road again and continue along it, around the car park below the outdoor museum, just below the peak of the ridge.
Visit the museum and ascend to the highest point, Na Gradu, then follow the signs for the Juliana Trail across the Ježa peak to the Pod Ježo mountain hut, where stage 17 ends.
Public transportAll means of transport – bus, rail – to the starting point in Tolmin.
Getting thereTolmin is the starting point and the administrative centre of the Soča Valley. You can reach Tolmin by car or by bus from Ljubljana, Nova Gorica or Bovec, or by train to the Most na Soči railway station, from where you can take the bus to Tolmin.
ParkingFree public parking in Tolmin at the Brajda sports park.
Book recommendation by the author
- Koren Tadej, POT MIRU OD ALP DO JADRANA, VODNIK PO SOŠKI FRONTI, Ustanova "Fundacija miru v Posočju", Kobarid 2015
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EquipmentHiking equipment, suitable for the season and current weather conditions.
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