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JULIANA TRAIL: stage 5 Bled - Goreljek on Pokljuka

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The stage starts at Lake Bled and continues through Gorje, the Pokljuka Gorge and a few steep ascents over Kranjska planina Pasture and Planina Javornik Pasture in the heart of the Pokljuka Plateau, and ends in Goreljek at the Sport Hotel.
Distance 21 km
6:40 h
866 m
91 m
1,326 m
477 m
The stage starts at Lake Bled – a glacial lake with its own water springs. Pletna is the name of a traditional wooden boat that carries visitors on the lake to the island. The lake shore is perfect for walking; some areas are also intended for bathing. The lake is also a very well-known rowing course, where the rowing world championships has been held four times. The trail runs by the foothills of Pokljuka near the picturesque, sun-facing village of Gorje, through the Pokljuka Gorge, which is a protected natural monument in Triglav National Park. Two trail sections run through the gorge—one over the galleries below the natural bridge, the other through the  "Pokljuška luknja" or cave with three windows, leading to the abandoned Stara Pokljuka settlement. The third part takes us to the forest Pokljuka Plateau on the brinks of Triglav National Park. The trail runs over meadows and pastures of the dense forest landscape. Cottage cheese and cheese are still produced on some pastures. The stage ends in the Goreljek settlement at Sport Hotel, 4 km from the biathlon centre on Rudno polje, Pokljuka, the venue for world cup races.

Author’s recommendation

The stage is long and strenuous, and the difference in altitude is approximately 800 metres. It starts in Bled, runs through Gorje and ends on a forest path steeply ascending to Pokljuka. There are no inns or huts from Gorje, so make sure to take some lunch and water with you.
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Update: May 11, 2022
Highest point
1,326 m
Lowest point
477 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

STAMP - Bled, 480 m
STAMP - Kranjska dolina, 1282 m

Safety information

There are some short sections without phone reception. The route through the Pokljuka Gorge is steep and narrow in some parts, so please be cautious in rainy weather.

Tips and hints

Hint by Triglav National Park: Pokljuka peat bogs

Peat bogs are a special feature of the vast forests that cover the heart of the Pokljuka plateau. They are a unique ecosystem characterised by peat mosses and mysterious carnivorous plants that thrive in the acidic environment of Europe’s southernmost raised bogs.

Most Pokljuka wetlands are not open to visitors due to their exceptional importance that is further emphasised by the amount of water stored in the bogs.

However, hikers are welcome to learn more about this mysterious ecosystem by visiting the short themed trail that has been set up around the easily accessible Goreljek bog. A natural water reservoir, the Pokljuka plateau supplies water to the Radovna Valley, the Bled basin, and further to Bohinj. Have a glass of water, Pokljuka’s precious asset.


Lakeside Promenade on the eastern shore of Lake Bled. (503 m)
46.368756, 14.118315
46°22'07.5"N 14°07'05.9"E
33T 432184 5135397


Sport Hotel in Goreljek, Pokljuka.

Turn-by-turn directions

Initially, the trail runs on local roads; from Krnica, it runs along the marked hiking trail to Pokljuka. It partially runs on forest roads on the plateau.

The stage starts in front of the Festival Hall at Lake Bled. There we turn onto the asphalt footpath by the lake towards Bled Castle, left onto the asphalt road that runs alongside the lake, below the castle to Mala Zaka, which is the rowing centre. From the roundabout, follow the stairs and go along the steep path to Bled railway station. Turn right onto the pavement and after 500 metres turn left towards Spodnje Gorje. Turn left to cross the bridge over the railway track and continue right along the track to the industrial area, turn left and continue to Spodnje Gorje, cross the Bled – Pokljuka road and continue uphill to the crossroads Bled –Poljane – Jesenice. Turn left and continue along the regulated asphalt footpath below the Višelnica hill to the centre of Zgornje Gorje, turn onto the pavement at the church and follow the main road towards Pokljuka. After one kilometre, turn from the main road right downhill to Krnica and continue towards the Pokljuka Gorge. The cart track takes you to the parking area before the gorge. Turn left to the path through the gorge. At the turning below Pokljuška luknja, turn right through the cave with three natural windows to an abandoned farm in the Stara Pokljuka settlement. The marked hiking trail runs past Repečnik rovt over Kranjska dolina to an unpaved road. Turn right and go straight on for 100 metres, where you come to the car park at Planina Javornik Pasture. Turn left to the pasture, where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Mrežce, Debela peč, Viševnik, Draški vrh and Triglav mountains. Continue over the pasture south to the main asphalt road Bled – Rudno polje. Turn left and after 200 metres right to come to the Sport Hotel in Goreljek.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport



Ljubljana – Bled

Jesenice – Bled



Ljubljana – Lesce – Bled

Salzburg – Jesenice – Bled

Nova Gorica – Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled


Jože Pučnik Airport in Ljubljana:

bus to Bled

Getting there


Ljubljana – Jesenice – exit Bled,

Jesenice – Ljubljana – exit Bled


Regional road:

Bohinjska Bistrica – Bled


Car parks in Bled.

Car park in front of Sport Hotel in Goreljek.


46.368756, 14.118315
46°22'07.5"N 14°07'05.9"E
33T 432184 5135397
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Teddy Dee
June 27, 2022 · Community
This was our first day on the Juliana Trail and we had to get used to how the app worked and what to expect, plus this section was long and had good elevation gain. I would recommend a very early start. There was a good swim spot before leaving Lake Bled. There seemed to be several restaurants and markets along the way until Zgornje Gorje. After that you will need at least 2 liters water per person and energizing lunch/snacks to make it to the stage end since theres no water sources further on. If the distance and elevation gain are too much for you, then you can take a taxi to the trailhead of Pokljuka Gorge. Once in there it is more shaded and windy in the forest. The trai is well signed and maintained, and I was glad to have the Juliana Trail app with gps as there was some confusion several times on which way to go. With a lot of breaks and fuel you can make it too.
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When did you do this route? June 27, 2022
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Clare Gill
June 14, 2022 · Community
We started the Juliana Trail from Bled. We took the bus from Bled to Krcina since we had biked around the area the day before. From there the trail was mostly forested through the gorge and occasionally steep, consistent uphill. The day we hiked was pretty cloudy and rainy so the forest was dark and not super scenic. After 8 miles the trail flattened out and we walked through some very pretty meadows with views of mountains. The signage could have been better, we got lost twice in the forested sections.
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When did you do this route? June 09, 2022
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Photo: Clare Gill, Community
Photo: Clare Gill, Community
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Malin Ahgren
May 22, 2022 · Community
It was a pretty tough hike. First part of the hike went on asphalt and it was a bit difficult to orient, due to bad signs, but the map on the app worked very well. Middle part went through the gorge and then up the mountain. The hike in the gorge was very steep but fascinating. The hike after the gorge was mostly in the forest. Then we got up to some meadows with really nice views, and the hike was then quite easy to the hotel.
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When did you do this route? May 20, 2022
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