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Bikepacking the Julian Alps: Day 2 - Soca valley to the Stol summit

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  • Soca valley from road to Grava
    / Soca valley from road to Grava
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  • / The pure waters of the Soca river
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  • / From Stol mountain down to the Adriatic Sea
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This is a four day bikepacking trip which leads you through the Julian Alps. The route contains some steep climbs and technical trails. Nevertheless, it can be done self-supplied with light backpacking equipment and wild camping.

The second day further follows the Soca valley and climbs up onto the ridge of the mountain Stol.

difficult
Distance 50.1 km
9:29 h
1,932 m
1,074 m

This day starts with a scenic side trip to the Glava mountain. It is recommended to leave all bikepacking equipment at the camp site. First the paved road leads up the mountain until a hut is reached. On the way back, in a bend a technical trail starts (S2-S3) which almost ends a the camp site. After all the gear is loaded, thr route follows further the Soca valley. This is a pleasant ride with fantastic valley views.

At the village Zaga, the ascent to the Stol mountain starts. Shortly after the village is the last place to fill up water. First on a paved road, and later on a gravel road this is rideable until a  broad plateau underneath the summit. Here are many options for wild camping with amazing views from Triglav to the Adriatic sea.

Difficulty
S2 difficult
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Highest point
1,384 m
Lowest point
342 m
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Tips and hints

Unfortunately, most roads inside the Triglav national park are restricted for bikes. That is even the case for some paved and gravel roads which are open for cars. Be aware that a large portion of this bike route will be on such restricted roads. Access it on your own risk.

Start

Camp site in Soca Valley (510 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.341382, 13.684943
DMS
46°20'29.0"N 13°41'05.8"E
UTM
33T 398800 5132818
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Destination

Plateau underneath the Stol mountain

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Coordinates

DD
46.341382, 13.684943
DMS
46°20'29.0"N 13°41'05.8"E
UTM
33T 398800 5132818
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Corinna M. 
June 13, 2021 · Community
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Difficulty
S2 difficult
Distance
50.1 km
Duration
9:29 h
Ascent
1,932 m
Descent
1,074 m

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