In dry weather conditions (no snow), this snowshoeing tour is also appropriate as a moderate hiking tour.
This tour is routed through the forests and plains of one of the most intact areas of the Triglav National park and gradually reaches the altitude of 1875 m. On the return it awards hikers with a pleasurable descent to the starting point above the village of Na Skali.
If the avalanche risk is low you can prolong the tour to the Ravni dol sinkhole.
Immediately after snowfall, this trail is absolutely inappropriate for hiking. In case of significant avalanche risk (above level II) we do not recommend the approach beneath Mt. Veliko Špičje. We recommend you to hike along the gravel road leading to the V plazeh Mountain pasture where you will also end your hike. The area beneath the summit requires special attention because it is prone to small slab snow avalanches.
The trail is unmarked and difficult to follow in case of large amounts of snow, at least from the V plazeh Mountain pasture onwards.
Tips, hints and links
We recommend you to hire a mountain guide or a snowshoeing expert. We do not recommend taking independent tours on your own. Due to its length, we only recommend this tour to physically well-prepared hikers. We recommend less-prepared hikers to only make the first part of the tour from the parking lot to the right and to the end of the gravel road beneath Mt. Veliko Špičje and to return along the same route.
Parking lot at the turn in front of the first ramp above the village of Na Skali. (1002 m)
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Mt. Čisti vrh (1875 m)
At Camp Korita, located next to the Small Soča Gorge, turn your car and continue uphill along the paved road for a few kilometres until you reach the village of Na Skali. From here, continue driving for a couple of hundred of metres until you arrive to a big turn with a ramp where a cleared parking lot is usually arranged. Park your car here, put on appropriate equipment and continue uphill along the gravel road to the right. If the snow is frozen, you do not have to put on your snowshoes here. After a few hairpin bends the gravel road gradually levels out. Somewhere around here (just before the forest road ends) the hiking trail turns uphill and leads through low bushes or a small forest in the direction of the foothills of the avalanche areas of Mt. Veliko Špičje. After a short ascent, the trail levels out again just beneath the hunting tower and starts to wind beneath the avalanche areas and across the small stream to the other (sunny) side. At this point you can decide to prolong the tour and continue to the Ravni dol sinkhole and further to the foothills of Mt. Malo Špičje. If an increased risk of avalanches was announced we definitely advise you not to take this part of the tour. After you pass the aforementioned stream you only have to overcome a few bends and then continue along the forest road to the V plazeh Mountain pasture. From the hunting tower onwards, continue along a level section for a couple of hundred of metres and turn uphill to the left into the forest just before the level section ends. This place is quite well visible when there is no snow, however, when the area is covered with snow it requires good orientation skills. The trail continues along the remnants of the former Italian mule trail and winds towards the top. We advise caution when you arrive approximately 100 metres beneath the summit (at the larches above the tree line) because the slope can be prone to avalanches. After you pass this section you can easily reach the summit where you will find the box with the register book. You will especially enjoy in enchanting direct views of the entire Mt. Veliko Špičje Mountain chain, Mt. Kanjavec, Mt. Triglav, Kriški podi Plateau with Mt. Razor, and the Vršič Mountain pass with Mt. Prisojnik, Mt. Jalovec and Mt. Bavški Grintavec. The descent can be quite entertaining because at certain places you can also slide down on your behind without any fear ;-). Beneath the V plazeh Mountain pasture turn to the gravel road (not ploughed) and continue along the hairpin bends to the parking lot at the starting point. The last few hundred metres of the paved road are usually ploughed, which is why you might have to hike without snowshoes.
all notes on protected areas
There is no public transportation available to the starting point of this tour.
Turn for the village of Na Skali next to the Small Soča Gorge (Camp Korita) along the national road No 206.
Parking lot above the village of Na Skali at the first ramp of the Triglav National Park.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The Sočy Valley - Bovec Region: The most beautiful mountain hikes
Author’s map recommendations
Tourist map of the Municipality of Bovec 1:40 000.