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Križe - Tolsti vrh (easier path over Kriška gora)

Starting point: Križe (508 m)
Lat/Lon: 46,3394°N 14,2979°E
Destination: Tolsti vrh (1715 m)
Name of path: easier path over Kriška gora
Time of walking: 3 h 45 min
Difficulty: easy marked way
Altitude difference: 1207 m
Altitude difference po putu: 1250 m
Map: Karavanke - osrednji del 1:50.000
Recommended equipment (summer):
Recommended equipment (winter): crampons, ice axe
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Access to the starting point:
a) From the motorway Ljubljana - Jesenice take the exit Naklo, then continue in the direction of Žeje, Spodnje and Zgornje Duplje until Retnje, where you turn right towards Križe. Continue past the NOB memorial, the sports ground Križe to the parking area next to the cemetery and the parish church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
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 past the NOB memorial, the sports ground Križe to the parking area next to the cemetery and the parish church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.
Path description:
From the parking lot, continue along the road to the east, where the path leads you first past the church, then past the post office, the Benk Inn and the bakery to the crossroads at the chapel, where you continue left in the direction of Pristava. The road then leads us past the Tušek market Markič shop, and then we see the first mountain signs for Gozd, Kriško gora and Storžič, which lead us right onto Planinska cesta. At the crossroads through the village, follow the markings, and then the road loses its asphalt coating and turns into a forest. A few minutes higher up, at the junction of dirt roads, continue right, and then gradually emerge from the forest, from where a beautiful view opens up towards Gorenjska. After the viewpoint, the road becomes asphalt and leads to a place where you join the road leading to the Forest. Follow the road to the left, but walk along it for only a short distance, as the signs lead you to the right to cart track.
Leave the road at a small information board informing you that the Shelter in the Woods is open. From cart track continue immediately 2 times to the left, so that the ascent continues along the forest path, which soon joins another cart track, after which you return to the asphalt road in a few minutes. Walk along the road for a few steps, then the path from Tržič joins from the left, and the footpath or cart track continues on the right towards Zavetišče v Gozdu (straight ahead on Koča na Kriški gori - a steep path).
Continue along the right-hand path (track), which initially runs parallel to the road and then leads past a water trough. A little further on, leave the track, as the markings lead you left on a slightly steeper path, which soon returns to the track, which in turn returns to the asphalt road. Follow the road to the right, and we walk along it for a few minutes, or until we reach the point, when we see a large parking lot on the right and Zavetišče v Gozdu next to it.
From the shelter we walk to the nearby church, then we come to a marked crossroads where the path from Golnik joins from the right. Continue left up the deteriorating road, which will take you to the crossroads in a few minutes. Here we take the left path (Tolsti vrh, Mala and Velika Poljana and Storžič on the right), which passes the water reservoir and continues along the track. Cart track quickly turns into a forest and leads us in a moderate ascent to a small crossroads, where we continue to the right in the direction of Kriška gora (straight unmarked path to Koča na Kriški gori) on a slightly more exposed track, which turns into a relatively steep track higher up. Continue along a well-maintained path, along which you will notice a number of benches and the names of the benches next to them. Higher up, the path leads to a pasture fence and turns to the left only a little higher up, where it then climbs steeply. After a few minutes of cross-climbing, we emerge from the forest, where we see Koča na Kriški gori ahead of us, which is only a few 10 steps of easy walking away.
From Koča na Kriški gori go back a few metres, then continue along the path towards Tolste vrh. The path ahead 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.
Križe - Zavetišče v Gozdu 1:15, Zavetišče v Gozdu - Koča na Kriški gori 1:30, Koča na Kriški gori - Tolsti vrh 1:00
zemljovid puta - Tolsti vrh
On the way: Zavetišče v Gozdu mountain hut (891m), Koča na Kriški gori mountain hut (1471m)
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