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Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj (2117 m)

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    Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj
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This wonderful and easy unmarked trail leads into the heart of the Kanin Mountain range and offers splendid views and plenty of opportunities to reminiscence about the events that happened 100 years ago.
moderate
Distance 9 km
6:22 h
1,947 m
1,950 m
1,962 m
939 m
This unmarked hiking trail which starts in the heart of the Kanin forest called Gozdec takes you along the relatively well-preserved military trails – mule trails to the top of the 2117-m-high Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj which is practically the last mountain of the Kanin Mountain range. The trail is mostly routed along old military mule trails which offer a number of opportunities to admire the ingeniousness of the constructors from that time. During the early spring and early summer months, the upper section of this trail can be considered as a genuine botanical garden.

Author’s recommendation

You can also get to the start of the trail by taking the Kanin cableway (exit at station B). Take into account the time schedule to catch the last ride back into the valley.
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Author
Darjo Berra
Update: May 13, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj, 1,962 m
Lowest point
Parking lot beneath Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj - Gozdec, 939 m
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Safety information

In principle, the trail is safe and very nicely routed, however, problems with directions may occur in foggy conditions because the trail is unmarked. Unfortunately, we advise you not to take the tour during the winter months due to the specific features of the area (numerous avalanches, deep Karst caves, etc.).

Tips and hints

We advise you not to take this tour in foggy conditions. On the Kaninski podi Plateau, where there are no marked trails, you should follow the stone cairns and use your GPS receiver to find your direction.

You can only find drinking snow-water in precipices on the Gozdec Mountain pasture (during the descent).

Start

Parking lot next to the forest road beneath Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj – marked trail for Mt. Kanin (981 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.338545, 13.494014
DMS
46°20'18.8"N 13°29'38.5"E
UTM
33T 384101 5132765
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Destination

Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj

Turn-by-turn directions

This tour starts at a small parking lot beneath Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj, on a gravel forest road routed from station B of the Kanin cableway uphill to the left. At this point, you shortly join the marked hiking trail for Mt. Kanin. If you do not have your own vehicle you can get to station B by taking the cableway, however, this will prolong the tour for approximately 30 minutes (ask the personnel of the Kanin cableway for the timetable to catch the ride back into the valley). The trail is initially routed beneath the mighty wall of Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj and later leaves the marked hiking trail at the small cavern just in front of the steep ascent. On your left, you can already notice the first remnants of the Italian mule trail which you follow most of the time through the area of the Gozdec forest. As already mentioned, this is an unmarked trail which is well-visible and offers practically no chance for disorientation. The exit from the tree line is followed by a slightly steeper short section which takes you to an incredibly beautiful sightseeing point overlooking the town of Bovec and the Bovec Basin. In the immediate vicinity you can also find the take-off point used by base jumpers that jump into the ravine of the Boka Waterfall. From here, the trail is mostly routed on level ground along the wonderfully preserved mule trail. During the spring and summer, this section is also extremely rich with flora and numerous species of protected plants (gentian, etc.). After approximately 100 metres of walking, the mule trail turns downhill towards the Ban Mountain pasture where you have to be careful and ascend to the right past at least two deep precipices. The directions soon become simpler because you continue to follow the remnants of the second mule trail uphill to the left of Mt. Mali Babanski skedenj. Between the both Skedenj mountains, the mule trail becomes well-visible again and passes several Karst hollows. Do not follow this mule trail to the end because it leads to an area where there are no trails, but trust you instinct and decide to take your own trail along this area to the top of the mountain. The slopes are not too steep and the top of the mountain is always visible in one way or another. You only have to take care not to turn too far to the left because the slope there is impassable and very steep. At the top of the mountain, you can enjoy in splendid views of the entire Kanin Mountain range, Bovec Basin and the Soča River deep below, and of all of the summits to the east, including the highest - Mt. Triglav.

Descend to the point between the both Skedenj mountains along the same trail you came from. Here, find the easiest passage to the Kaninski podi Plateau (usually next to the ruins and the stairs of the fortification beneath Mt. Mali Babanski skedenj), but take care of the relatively hidden and deep limestone pavement just beneath the mountain pass. After you cross to the other side of the mountain, shortly follow the second mule trail which, after a while, disappears beneath the grassy Karst depression. Above it, you can notice the first stone cairn (orientation point) and another couple of cairns which take you to the marked hiking trail for Mt. Kanin and Mt. Laška Planja. Follow the trail to the ruins of the old Petra Skalarja Mountain hut and continue along the hairpin bends into the forest and back to the starting point at the parking lot.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

There is no public transportation available.

You can take the Kanin cableway to the first starting point.

Getting there

In the centre of Bovec, turn uphill to the Church of St. Urh and then follow the paved road to the left towards the village of Plužna for approximately 1 km where you turn to the Gozdec forest road. Follow this road to station B of the Kanin cableway and continue uphill to the left for approximately 0.8 km where you turn left at the first junction and continue for approximately another 200 metres until you reach the parking lot You can also get to the starting point by taking the Kanin cableway to station B from where you have to turn uphill to the left and walk for approximately 1 km until you reach the starting point.

Parking

There is a free-of-charge parking lot available next to the forest road beneath Mt. Veliki Skedenj at the starting point of the tour.

Coordinates

DD
46.338545, 13.494014
DMS
46°20'18.8"N 13°29'38.5"E
UTM
33T 384101 5132765
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Tourist map of the Municipality of Bovec 1:40000.

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Equipment

Mountaineering or hiking footwear, trekking poles, and a GPS receiver.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
6:22 h
Ascent
1,947 m
Descent
1,950 m
Highest point
1,962 m
Lowest point
939 m
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