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Mountain tour

Mt. Lopatnik (2012 m)

Mountain tour · Julian Alps
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  • Smerne table nad parkiriščem Pri koritu, zavijemo proti planini Zapleč
    / Smerne table nad parkiriščem Pri koritu, zavijemo proti planini Zapleč
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / S poti proti Vratom se nam odpre širok razgled na planino Zapleč in Krasji vrh
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Vso pot nas spremljajo pomniki prve svetovne vojne
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Proti vrhu Lopatnika
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Cvetje na poti
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Ostaline vojne na vrhu
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Nemi pričevalci morije izpred 100 let
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Lina s pogledom na vzhod
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Na vrhu Lopatnika
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Dolina Lepena in Julijske Alpe
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Lepota naših gora
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Krnov greben večkrat objame megla
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
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The tour to Mt. Lopatnik is the right choice for mountaineers who would like to enjoy in splendid views to all four directions along the not too difficult trail and discover the not-so-distant past.
moderate
10.7 km
5:56 h
1228 m
1228 m
At the Pri koritu parking lot above the village of Drežniške Ravne turn to the right towards the Vrata Mountain pass. The trail is initially routed through the forest, continues along the pasture, and leads to the parking lot in front of the Zapleč Mountain pasture. Cross the fence and ascend along the comfortable marked mule trail to the Vrata Mountain pass. Along the entire trail you have the chance to enjoy in splendid views towards the west and north and in the view of the Zapleč Mountain pasture and the Zaprikraj Mountain pasture further away from where a marked trail is routed to Mt. Krasji vrh. During the autumn months, you can take a break to pick and eat wild raspberries along the trail.

When you leave the grassy terrain and arrive to the rocky section just beneath the Vrata Mountain pass, you arrive to a junction. The cart trail to the right leads to Mt. Krn, however, you should continue to the left to a distinctive ridge of Mt. Lopatnik. The numerous remnants of World War I represent silent reminders of how senseless were the events that took place along the entire ridge and in the wider surrounding area more than a century ago. Looking across the ridge, you can enjoy in views of the Lepena Valley with the Julian Alps above it and Mt Skutnik with the numerous caverns across the ravine. Return along the same trail.

Author’s recommendation

If you would like to shorten the tour, drive along the poorly maintained road to the Zapleč Mountain pasture which is only appropriate for vehicles with high chassis.
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Author
Ksenija Vogrinc
Updated: August 13, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1979 m
Lowest point
751 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The trail is entirely safe, however, some hikers might be disturbed by the cattle grazing above the Zapleč Mountain pasture.

Tips, hints and links

From Mt. Lopatnik you can continue in the direction or to Mt. Krn (towards SE), or along the ridge to Mt. Vršič (towards NW).

After you return to the Zaprikraj Mountain pasture, you can also visit the outdoor museum located approximately 2 kilometres away. The trail is marked and the outdoor museum is well worth visiting.

Start

Pri koritu parking lot above the village of Drežniške Ravne (750 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.273022, 13.614913
DMS
46°16'22.9"N 13°36'53.7"E
UTM
33T 393278 5125315
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Destination

Mt. Lopatnik (2012 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

At the parking lot, start following the signs for the Vrata Mountain pass. After you enter the first pasture you come across a sign pointing to the right towards the Curk Waterfall and a well-worn but unmarked trail leading straight ahead towards the visible starting point beneath the Krn Mountain range.

At the parking lot in front of the Zapleč Mountain pasture, the signs direct you towards the Vrata Mountain pass. The trail to the mountain pass is mostly routed across a grassy terrain. Just beneath the mountain pass, a trail turns to Mt. Krn, however, you should continue slightly uphill to the left towards the distinctive ridge of Mt. Lopatnik.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Except for the summer months, there is no public transportation available. From June to September, there is a Hop On Hop Off shuttle bus running to the village of Drežniške Ravne.

Getting there

Drive along the regional road Kobarid – Drežnica and continue to the village of Drežniške Ravne. When you arrive to the intersection, start following the signs for the Zapleč Mountain pasture.

Parking

Pri koritu parking lot above the village of Drežniške Ravne or the parking lot in front of the Zapleč Mountain pasture.

Coordinates

DD
46.273022, 13.614913
DMS
46°16'22.9"N 13°36'53.7"E
UTM
33T 393278 5125315
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Equipment

Hiking footwear with well-profiled souls and a sufficient supply of water during the summer months.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
5:56h
Ascent
1228 m
Descent
1228 m
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