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Mountain ranges / Kamnik Savinja Alps / Tolsti vrh / Gozd - Tolsti vrh (steep path over Kriška gora)

Gozd - Tolsti vrh (steep path over Kriška gora)

Starting point: Gozd (850 m)
Lat/Lon: 46,3437°N 14,3175°E
Destination: Tolsti vrh (1715 m)
Name of path: steep path over Kriška gora
Time of walking: 2 h 30 min
Difficulty: easy marked way
Altitude difference: 865 m
Altitude difference po putu: 910 m
Map: Karavanke - osrednji del 1:50.000
Recommended equipment (summer):
Recommended equipment (winter): ice axe, crampons
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Access to the starting point:
a) From the motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice take the exit Kranj - west and follow the road towards Golnik. Just after Golnik (more precisely after Senično), a steep road turns off to the right and leads towards Zgornje Vetrno and Gozd. Shortly after the village Zgornje Vetrno, you will come to a parking lot on the left side of the road. At the end of the parking lot, the road turns right, and there are also mountain direction signs at the beginning of the bend.
b) From the motorway Jesenice - Ljubljana, take the exit Podbrezje and then continue towards Ljubelj and Tržič. Before the Petrol station in Bistrica pri Tržiču, turn right and then drive to Tržič. When the road descends into the valley, take a sharp right in the direction of Pristava and Križ, and continue along the main road leading to Zgornji and Spodnje Duplje, leaving the main road at Retnje, where you turn left in the direction of Križe and Golnik. Continue towards Golnik, and after Križe you will soon reach a small crossroads, where a steep road branches off to the left, leading towards Zgornje Vetrno and Gozd. Shortly after the village Zgornje Vetrno, you will reach a parking area on the left side of the road. At the end of the parking lot, the road turns right, and there are also mountain direction signs at the beginning of the bend.
Path description:
From the parking lot, continue in the direction of the steep path to Kriška Gora. For a short time, you walk along a fairly steep path, but then it becomes steeper and steeper. A steep climb follows along a more or less forest path, and then you reach an undistinguished ridge, where the path becomes even steeper. There are a few minutes of walking through the forest, then the forest ends quickly and the ascent continues on an increasingly scenic grassy slope. With fine views of Julian Alps, a large part of Gorenjska, part of the Ljubljana basin and the Inner, Polhograje and Škofjeloško hribovje, you reach a bench at the top of the grassy slope. Above the bench, the path returns to the forest, and the path from Tržič via Mala and Velika Mizica joins from the left.
Here, continue to the right, then in a moderate ascent, first through the forest, and in the last part on the grassy slope, in about 15 minutes you will reach Koča na Kriški gori (Cottage on Kriška Mountain).
From Koča na Kriški gori, continue along the marked trail towards Tolste vrh. Just a few metres after the hut, the trail turns slightly left (slightly right into the forest) and begins to climb gently over a grassy slope. After three minutes of walking, the path to Grahovše branches off almost imperceptibly to the left, and we continue along the well-trodden mountain path, which continues along the main ridge of Kriška Gora. The path continues along the ridge, retreating to the right side a few times, and the scenic route leads us mostly over grassy slopes. A little further on, the path returns to the ridge, which is reached just at a distinct notch, where the path to Grahovše branches off to the left down a pathless trail.
The path continues over a pasture fence and then passes Vrata (1591 m) on the right. Higher up, the path returns to the ridge and climbs gently for some time. After a few minutes of crossing, you reach a place where the path starts to climb steeply towards the summit of Tolstego vrh. From the summit, we get a beautiful view on all sides, and the path leads us on along a narrower ridge for a short time. There is some downhill through the forest, and then the path starts to climb again. Higher up, the forest thins out, and the increasingly scenic route leads us to Tolsti vrh.
Forest - Koča na Kriški gori 1:30, Koča na Kriški gori - Tolsti vrh 1:00
zemljovid puta - Tolsti vrh
On the way: Koča na Kriški gori mountain hut (1471m)
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Discussion about the trail Gozd - Tolsti vrh (steep path over Kriška gora)
Enka7. 11. 2015
Lepa razgibana pot. In na Kriško goro prav zares strma, ves čas nasmeh. Razgledi na vse strani prekrasni!
J.P.8. 10. 2023 09:39:55
Odlična tura v kolikor nam čas ne dopušča kaj več. Razen grebenskega dela, ki je bolj položen je pot ves čas napeta. Lep krog sklenemo, če se vrnemo skozi Ježo in mimo zavetišča v Gozdu nazaj do parkirišča.
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