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A Stroll Across the Mežakla Plateau

Hiking trail · Upper Carniola
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  • Razgled iz Mežakle
    / Razgled iz Mežakle
    Photo: foto Vidmar, Občina Jesenice
  • / NAravni most na Mežakli
    Photo: Saša Manojlovič, Občina Jesenice
  • / RAzgled z Mežakle na Karavanke
    Photo: Aleksandra Orel, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Aleksandra Orel, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Aleksandra Orel, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek
  • / Polanska baba
    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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    Photo: Miro Podgoršek, Občina Jesenice
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Explore the natural and cultural heritage of this mysterious plateau. The themed trail is an excellent idea for those hiking enthusiasts who want to discover the wooded and scenic world between Blejski kot and the Upper Sava Valley. The trail connects the starting points in Kočna and Podmežakla (Jesenice). The highest part of the trail is Planinski vrh (1299 m). In both directions, the trail is initially quite steep until it reaches the plateau; it then turns into an undemanding, relatively straight route that mainly runs along the northern edge of the plateau. Several interesting sights can be seen along the trail that put the mysterious Mezakla plateau alongside the rich natural and cultural heritage of the upper Gorenjska region.
moderate
Distance 8.6 km
4:00 h
659 m
750 m

Route: Kočna – Obranca – Planski vrh – Zakop – Jesenice (Podmežakla)

Trail with 11 themed points.

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Author
Aleksandra Orel
Updated: November 26, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
1,300 m
Lowest point
583 m
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Tips and hints

A Stroll Across the Mežakla Plateau and leaflet

Sights along the trail: Poljanska Baba rock formation, Obranca mountain pasture, Snežna jama cave, location of meteorite impact at Planski vrh,

natural bridge on Mežakla, Špica viewpoint, partisan hospital, Partisan Memorial at Zakop

Start

Kočna bus stop parking area (674 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.415667, 14.081116
DMS
46°24'56.4"N 14°04'52.0"E
UTM
33T 429383 5140642
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Destination

Podmežakla parking area

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point of the “Stroll across the Mežakla Plateu” is located at the bus station in Kočna village and is marked with an information board. Climb the slopes of Mežakla above the village. During the ascent, leave the marked path briefly to see the “Poljanska baba” solitary rock formation. After returning to the marked path, continue uphill to the Obranica mountain pasture, where you can find the memorial marking the first battles against the German occupier and a monument honouring the partisans fallen during WWII. There is also a small shepherd’s hut on the upper part of the mountain pasture. Walk past the hut westward and cross Mežakla, partly on the trail and partly along forest roads. The trail passes Snežna jama, a 70 m long karst cave with an entrance through a collapse doline, where snow does not melt for a very long time. Eventually, the trail starts to ascend towards Planski vrh (1299 m), where a meteorite landed on 9 April 2009. Upon reaching the top, you will arrive at the northernmost point of the Mežakla plateau. Follow the marked trail westward to Zakop. On your right, you will first see the stone arch of the natural bridge on Mežakla. At the transmitter, you can enjoy the most beautiful view of Jesenice and the Karavanke mountains. The signposts before Zakop will direct you towards the partisan hospital, which is hidden under an overhang and provided shelter for wounded partisans. At Zakop, where the monument honouring the fallen partisans stands, the marked trail heads towards the south slope of the plateau. Follow the trail to descend to Jesenice.

You can also hike the trail in the opposite direction. Attention should be paid to orientation despite the marked trail, especially on the Mežakla plateau.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

City bus transport in the Municipality of Jesenice

Direction:  Kočna – Hrušica Belo Polje (Line 1B, Kočna station)

Regional bus: Kočna station

Regional bus schedule

Getting there

Motorway: A2 Ljubljana – Jesenice (Gorenjska motorway)

Exit: Jesenice - East (Lipce)

Direction: Lipce - Pokljuka, Sp. Gornje - Kočna - Kočna bus station

 Leave the Ljubljana - Jesenice motorway at the Lipce exit and follow the road in the direction Pokljuka, Sp. Gorje. At the top, you will arrive at Kočna village. Park in the parking area next to the Kočna bus station, where you will see the information board marking the trail.

Parking

Kočna bus station parking area

Coordinates

DD
46.415667, 14.081116
DMS
46°24'56.4"N 14°04'52.0"E
UTM
33T 429383 5140642
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
659 m
Descent
750 m
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