This is the highest ascent on the Primorska side of Juliana – from Log pod Mangartom we make approximately 600 metres in altitude to Predil Pass and enter Italy.
From Log pod Mangartom, we hike through the steep Predilce gorge. The trail runs mostly through the forest below Strmec village and below the main road. Only a few steps off our path we can visit two waterfalls, right above the confluence of Predilce and Mangartski potok, and the waterfalls of Predilce almost below the pass, where can also enjoy in the view of the Predil fortress. The main road can be accessed before the former border crossing on the pass, at a beautiful panoramic point with a view of Mangart, Jalovec and Loške stene. We descend to the lake which is the perfect place for a romantic walk, swimming in summer, and then we continue to Cave del Predil. There was a lead and zinc mine operating until 1991 in Cave del Predil. We can still see the remains of the machinery, large dams of excavated tailings and a museum featuring the miners from Log pod Magnartom. The majority of miners left the town after the mine was closed, and the revival of the town is now slowly in process.
The Predil Pass is one of the three stages of our trail that exceed an altitude of 1000 metres, therefore, it is the most demanding pass besides the pass over Bačarsko sedlo. In winter or in snow, usually from December to April, the described stage is exposed to avalanches and is impassable.
Since the trail runs across the Mangartski potok mountain stream, it can also be impassable during heavy rainfall. The best choice in such conditions is the use of the regional road that runs more or less along the trail.
Hiking equipment suitable for the season.
Hint by Triglav National Park: Loška stena and Mangart
The mountain landscape of the Julian Alps is an open book on a geological history spanning more than 200 million years. Layer after layer the sea deposited limestone sediments, creating rock faces of the Julian Alps that rise more than a thousand metres high. The diversity and age of marine environments, in which these rocks were formed, is also manifested in numerous beautifully preserved fossil remains.
At many sites within the national park, the visitor’s eye will be caught by images from the petrified seafloor, including seashells, anemone, searching and corals. The Mangart and Loška Stena massifs are a display of impressive geological phenomena. Although mountain chains seem majestic and permanent, they are nothing but a flicker in the geological time.
Erosion always wins, regardless of the power of internal forces. Precipitation in the form of rain, snow and ice can modify the limestone surface and the underground world of the Julian Alps.
Bovec – Log pod Mangartom
Kranjska Gora– Tarvisio (Italy) – Predel border crossing – Log pod Mangartom
Car park outside Log pod Mangartom.
Car parks in Cave del Predil.