Parking lot next to the forest road beneath Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj – marked trail for Mt. Kanin (981 m)
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Mt. Veliki Babanski skedenj
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.