The Suhi potok Stream creates wonderful waterfalls hidden in the embrace of the gable end of the Zadnja Trenta Valley. You can reach and admire them after an hour of easy walking from the cottage at the source of the Soča River.
Distance 7.1 km
The Zapotoški slapovi Waterfalls with their fall over the 120-metre wall are the perfect sight awaiting you in the gable end of the Zadnja Trenta Valley. The road to the starting point of the tour turns from the main road at the 49th hairpin bend of the Vršič Mountain pass road. At first, you follow the paved road to the cottage at the source of the Soča River (1 km) and then continue along the gravel road (approx. 2 km) to the Flori parking lot.
At the parking lot, where you arrive to the barrier, signs direct you to the riverbed of the Suhi potok Stream which only fills up in case of heavy rainfall.
If you do not like walking on gravel you can cross the riverbed and continue through a wonderful beech forest above the riverbed. To visit the first waterfall you only have to follow the riverbed. Up to this point, the walk is comfortable and well-routed, however, the access to the upper waterfalls requires a good sense of orientation. The unmarked trail along the right side of the stream (upstream direction) is first routed through the forest and later descends to the riverbed. Wet rocks along the trail require some experience in walking on rocky and steep terrain. At certain sections, especially the access trail to the highest waterfall, you might even have to use a rope.
There is an unmarked trail leading from the first to the last waterfall. The beginning of the ascent is steep and walking on predominantly moist terrain requires caution.
The trail from the lower waterfall to other waterfalls in the Suhi potok Stream riverbed is routed along steep and occasionally slippery terrain (rocks). During the autumn, the trail requires extra caution because of the tree leaves covering the trail.
Cottage at the source of the Soča River (900 m)
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Zapotoški slapovi Waterfalls
From the parking lot next to the cottage at the source of the Soča River, follow the signs for Mt. Bavški Grintavec. At the last parking lot in front of the barrier, the signs to Zapotoški slapovi Waterfalls and the Zapotok Mountain pasture direct you to the usually dry riverbed of the Suhi potok Stream which you cross and continue along its left bank through the wonderful beech forest. The trail also runs past the typical Trenta-style house. Most of the time, you walk along the riverbed. When the riverbed turns to the left and fills up with water, you cross it at an appropriate spot. Follow the riverbed and just behind the rocky edge you will notice the first 15-metre waterfall.
If you want to continue to the other waterfalls you have to return along the trail for a while and look for a narrow trail on your left leading along the scree slope. After you pass the edge of the slope, the trail becomes more noticeable and well-worn. On your left you can admire the pools and small waterfalls. The trail leads into the riverbed of the stream where the water cascades over the sheer walls and forms the highest waterfall in the gable end. The trail continues over slippery rocks, which is why you might even have to use a rope. This trail is not appropriate for less experienced hikers.
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During the summer months there is a bus running to the cottage at the source of the Soča River (regular line connecting the Bovec area and the Gorenjska region via the Vršič Mountain pass): schedule.
By car, you can get to the cottage at the source of the Soča River:
- from the Primorska region along the road through the towns of Tolmin, Kobarid and Bovec to the Trenta Valley.
- from the Gorenjska region over the Vršič Mountain pass (not drivable during certain winter months) or the Predel Mountain pass.
Parking is available at the parking lot next to the cottage at the source of the Soča River or at the end of the gravel road leading approximately two kilometres into the gable end of the Zadnja Trenta Valley. The last option shortens your tour for approx. 30 minutes.