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The Kanin Mule Track – A Trace of History in the Kanin Forests

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  • Pogled z B postaje na Bovško kotlino (začetek poti)
    Pogled z B postaje na Bovško kotlino (začetek poti)
    Photo: Jernej Kravanja, Turizem Dolina Soce
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A pleasant hiking trail with a view, where the Kanin cable car spares you the most difficult part of it.
Open
moderate
Distance 6.3 km
2:55 h
394 m
817 m
998 m
423 m
A combination of the Kanin cable car ride to B station and a hiking descent back to A station of the Kanin cable car offers a variety of beautiful views over the Bovec basin and the amphitheatre of the surrounding mountains.

Author’s recommendation

This classic hike (cable car uphill – hiking downhill) suggested here is only possible when the cable car is operating.
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Author
Darjo Berra
Update: July 16, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
998 m
Lowest point
423 m
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Safety information

The hike is not recommended in winter, because some parts may be dangerous due to the snow on the trail.

Tips and hints

We recommend that the families buy a family cable car pass, as it is cheaper.

You can also transfer bikes with the cable car, but if you are going with the bike, take the gravel road back to the valley, not the hiking trail!

Before the planned departure, check if the cable car is operating on www.kanin.si.

You can start a hike from the centre of Bovec (without using the cable car), but in this case the duration and length of the hike increase significantly!

Start

The lower A station of the Kanin cable car (438 m). (858 m)
Coordinates:
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46.343999, 13.508524
DMS
46°20'38.4"N 13°30'30.7"E
UTM
33T 385229 5133350
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Destination

The lower A station of the Kanin cable car.

Turn-by-turn directions

You leave your car on a big parking lot at the lower A station of the Kanin cable car; the parking lot is located at Dvor outside Bovec. After an approximately 10-minute-long ride in a four-seat cable car, you arrive to the altitude about 1000 meters above the sea level, to the second, B station of the cable car, where we exit. Near the viewpoint bench we can already see a signpost for the Kanin mule track (“Kaninska mulatjera”), which guides us down a gentle slope into the cool shadow of the Kanin Gozdec. From there on, the trail descends gently most of the time, only at a small section it goes slightly uphill. There are a couple of spots where the forest unravels and offers great views around the Bovec basin, with the Soča River below and to the surrounding mountains around.

After no more than an hour of descent you enter a larger beech forest, where a number of forest trails intertwine. Here you need to pay attention to the signposts, otherwise you may quickly stray from the right trail. The trail then leads you to the main gravel road, which goes from Bovec to the Krnica mountain pastures. At this point you cross the road and descend down a fairly steep slope along a well-treaded path and continue to the Triglav Insurance Company holiday house. From here, you continue the descent along the enclosed pasture to the village Plužna, which you reach at the water tank. You walk approximately 100 m on the asphalted road in the direction of Bovec and soon after you enter a forest, where a well-treaded and signposted path takes you back to your starting point at the cable car A station.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

There are multiple daily bus connection between Bovec and Ljubljana, Tolmin, Nova Gorica; in the summertime also to Kranjska Gora and Tarvisio.

In the wintertime there is a free ski bus from the centre of Bovec to the cable car A station.

Getting there

Coming from Nova Gorica, we turn left at the gas station to the parking lot of the Kanin cable car. Coming from Kranjska Gora, the Bovec bypass leads us past the airport and again to the gas station, where we can already see the parking lot of the cable car from the road.

Parking

At the lower A station of the cable car there is a big parking lot, free of change. On the same spot there is also a rest stop with all necessary infrastructure for the guests with caravans (payable).

Coordinates

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46.343999, 13.508524
DMS
46°20'38.4"N 13°30'30.7"E
UTM
33T 385229 5133350
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Bovec, 1:40000

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Equipment

Hiking shoes and hiking poles.

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Philipp Nießen
August 04, 2019 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 03, 2019

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Open
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.3 km
Duration
2:55 h
Ascent
394 m
Descent
817 m
Highest point
998 m
Lowest point
423 m
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