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Gozdec, a trip into the cool forests of Mt. Kanin

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  • Bovec Basin
    / Bovec Basin
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Monument dedicated to the fallen Partisans at the Poljance Clearing
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Virje Waterfall
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Abandoned shepherd house
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Along the trail to the foothils of Mt. Veliki skedenj
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Mt. Bavški Grintavec in the background
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Gozdec and the Station B of the Mt. Kanin cableway
    Photo: Darjo Berra, Turizem Dolina Soce
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This hiking trail takes you into the cool forests of Mt. Kanin. Several sections of this trail offer splendid views of the Bovec Basin and the Julian Alps in the background.
open
moderate
Distance 17.1 km
7:23 h
1,746 m
1,745 m
Along this trail, which is amongst the longest Bovec hiking trails, you can admire the Virje Waterfall, Srnica Adrenaline park, source of the Glijun River, entire Bovec Basin, part of Mt. Kanin Mountain range and other sights. It requires you to overcome an altitude difference of approximately 1,650 metres. Because the trail stretches over a long distance, this altitude difference does not require great effort, especially because of the natural sights on and along the trail which provide a perfect environment to pamper your body and soul. There are no dangerous sections along this trail. You only have to be prepared to walk for several hours.

Author’s recommendation

It is highly recommended for you to visit the Virje Waterfall, the source of the Glijun River and the Srnica Adrenaline park.
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Author
Darjo Berra
Update: March 04, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Vznožje Velikega Skednja, 1,096 m
Lowest point
Slap Virje, 424 m
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Safety information

This is a moderate trail appropriate for physically fit hikers.

Tips and hints

We recommend you to start hiking early in the morning.

Start

Centre of Bovec (462 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.338076, 13.552683
DMS
46°20'17.1"N 13°33'09.7"E
UTM
33T 388615 5132629
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Destination

Centre of Bovec

Turn-by-turn directions

This relatively long trail starts and ends in the centre of the town of Bovec. Initially, you walk along the renowned AAT trail. At the Plužna accumulation lake (above the Virje Waterfall and next to the Srnica Adrenaline park) the trail starts to gradually ascend towards the Poljance clearing where you arrive to a monument dedicated to the fallen Partisans and the first sightseeing point with wonderful views of the Bovec Basin. The trail turns back into the forest and to the next clearing where you only have to overcome a few bends to arrive to the end of the forest road beneath the peak called Kopa. This point offers one of the most beautiful views of the Bovec Basin, Mt. Svinjak and Mt. Bavški Grintavec in the background. You continue along the gravel road for approximately 1.5 km to the foothills of the mighty Mt. Veliki Skedenj where you start to descend along the hiking trail towards Mt. Kanin. After you arrive back to the gravel road towards Station B of the Mt. Kanin cableway you leave the hiking trail and return along the road back to the centre of the town Bovec. At certain sections, all walking efforts are repaid by splendid views of the Bovec Basin below.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bus stop is located 100 metres from the start and the end of the trail.

Getting there

Tourist town of Bovec is located in the heart of the Julian Alps, just 30 kilometres from the Tarvisio-Boscoverde Railway station (I) and the same distance from the A23 motorway exit in the town of Tarvisio. There are several daily bus lines connecting the town of Bovec with the Slovenian capital Ljubljana. Within 100 km you can find three international airports: Ljubljana, Klagenfurt , Trieste.

Parking

Free parking is available in the town of BOvec at the Žaršče parking lot above the Bovec Primary School Gym.

Coordinates

DD
46.338076, 13.552683
DMS
46°20'17.1"N 13°33'09.7"E
UTM
33T 388615 5132629
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Turistična karta občine Bovec, 1 : 40000.

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Equipment

Hiking or trekking footwear, trekking poles, windbreaker, and sufficient supply of drinking liquids.

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Status
open
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.1 km
Duration
7:23 h
Ascent
1,746 m
Descent
1,745 m
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