The first ski tour in a season allways has a special, almost sacred meaning. And in the Upper Sava valley this is very often from the mountain, named Baba (means: old woman).
In a long mountain range of Karavanke/Karawanken there are many ideal ski summits. They all excel with a beautiful panorama and above the Upper Sava valley this is even more dramatic, because on the other side of the valley, towards the south, the whole mountain group of Julian Alps rises. You can convince yourself of this from pictures on this page.
The name of our mountain comes from a small village Dovje, on the Slovenian side. From there, one can use a forrest road and when you reach the snow, you put on skis and continue comfortably to the top. That is why this mountain is one of the most popular ski targets in early winter.
In a good winter the southern road turns into a good sledge piste. So, if you ascend the summit without skis, why not taking with you sledges, perhaps even wait for a moon rise and then whooosh down!
Of course Baba can be ascended also in any other time of the season. Especially beautiful time is autumn, when long hikes over the main Karavanke/Karawanken ridge are recommended.
The Neighbourhood of Dovska Baba
North-west of the summit, the Mlinca saddle divides Baba from the massif of Kepa/Mittagskogel. From the summit towards the south-west a gentle grassy ridge descends on Dovska Rožca meadow, where the mountain hut stands. From the top, the main Karavanke ridge continues towards the east (and soon towards the south-east) on the nearby Hruški vrh, 1776m. From this ridge, just east of Baba's summit, another side ridge deters towards the north-east. This is Koprivnjak, 1754m, again a fine grassy slope for tour skiing. More eastwards of Hruški vrh there's a saddle Rožca, 1587m.
Two more features are worth mentioning on the southern slopes of Baba. The first one is a 90 meters high rock of Bvaščeva (Blaščeva) skala, 1091m. It stands just above the road and is a fine panoramic point over the Upper Sava valley. The second feature is the Presušnik waterfall. From the point, where the mountain road crosses this creek, we can go up the stream some 30 minutes and reach a dark corner, when there's a 12-meters high waterfall. But it's worth of a visit just in spring, when snow is melting, or after a considerable rain.
Getting There and the Tours on Baba
Getting to trailheads
From south Baba is most often reached from Dovje, the village in the Sava valley. It is located just a few kilometers west from the south portal of Karavanke tunnel. Of course you can also arrive there from west - from Tarvisio (Italy) or Villach (Austria - over the Korensko sedlo / Wuertzen Pass).
From the north (Austrian side) Baba can be reached from Rosenbach, near the north portal of Karavanke tunnel. There you should find a forrest road, which brings you towards the south into one of two valleys, which end below the slopes of Baba. These roads are better used in summer and autumn than in winter.
1. From the south: Dovje (704 m) - Ravne (1200 m) - alpine meadow Dovška Rožca (1640 m) - Summit. In winter it depends on snow how high you can drive with your car. The path is also marked. In summer you can also use a marked path to the Mlinca saddle (1581 m) and from there continue towards the east to the summit.
2. From the north: Rosenkogel Huette (1500 m) - Rožca saddle (1587 m) - and towards the west to the summit. You can also use a marked path, which reaches Mlinca saddle from the north.
3. Over this part of Karavanke range there goes a marked path in the east-west (or vice versa) direction. So you can reach the summit of Baba from the prominent peak of Kepa (on the west) or from Golica (on the east). This hike is very panoramic, and so recommended in autumn.
You can see a detailed map on:
That's in German, but as of classical maps, you can refer to:
Kranjska Gora. Community of Kranjska Gora - Tourist map. 1:30000
Julijske Alpe - Vzhodni del (Eastern part). Planinska zveza Slovenije. 1:50000.
The tourFrom Rosenbach/Podrožca, where we park on 600 m, we go towards the south in Medji dol. The mountain road is ascending slowly along the creek, then on 940 m we reach a crossroads, where the left road goes on Kladje alpine meadow. We continue right across the creek and then by the road up the slopes. The trail does a few shortcuts, finally the roads crosses the slopes of Koprivnjak and reaches the Rožca alpine meadow. The huts are a bit below us. The marked trail goes on top of Koprivnjak even before, by the hunters hut, but the ski tour is most beautiful towards the south, on the alpine meadow. 3 h to 3 h 30 min for the ascent.
For a real tour skiing only the upper 250 m of altitude are very beautiful, the rest goes by the mountain road. if we don't want to carry the whole equipment, we can do the tour also with short skis. In summer we can also opt for a mountain bike ascent.
When To Climb
Baba can be reached the whole year, although the best time is during the tour ski season and in autumn.
Weather: see here,
In the Sava valley there are camps in several villages: Jesenice, Dovje, Martuljek. You can also stay in many hotels of Kranjska Gora, for example hotels: Lek, Larix, Kompas and many family hotels.
A few general facts for tourists and about camping you can find here.