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Mt. Lopatnik (2012 m)

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  • Signs above the Pri koritu Parking lot; turn towards the Zapleč Mountain pasture
    / Signs above the Pri koritu Parking lot; turn towards the Zapleč Mountain pasture
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Along the trail to the Vrata Mountain pass, you can enjoy in a splendid view of the Zapleč Mountain pasture and Mt. Krasji vrh
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / There are remnants of World War I all along the trail
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Towards the top of Mt. Lopatnik
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Flowers along the trail
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Remnants of World War I on the top
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Silent reminders of the senseless killings from a century ago
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Loophole to the east
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / On the top of Mt. Lopatnik
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / Lepena Valley and the Julian Alps
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The beauty of our mountains
    Photo: Ksenija Vogrinc, Turizem Dolina Soce
  • / The ridge of Mt. Krn is often covered with fog
    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
Distance 10.7 km
5:56 h
1,228 m
1,228 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
Update: July 27, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,979 m
Lowest point
751 m
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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.

The tour is partially routed along an easy hiking trail. Use of the hiking trails is at your own risk!

Tips and hints

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


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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: schedule.

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.

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.7 km
Duration
5:56 h
Ascent
1,228 m
Descent
1,228 m
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