Ratitovec is a broad massif, finishing on the southern side the Jelovica plateau. While the plateau lies on altitudes from 1000 m to 1300 m, all four main summits of Ratitovec exceed the altitude of 1600 m. The main ridge of the massif is running in the W-E direction, on the highest point it starts turning towards the NE. The four summits, starting from the west, are: Kremant, 1658 m, Altemaver, 1678 m, Gladki vrh, 1667 m and Kosmati vrh, 1643 m.
The area is very popular in all times of season. Due to broad panoramas on all sides and abundant flora, these are perfect hiking goals. The net of marked paths is dense and people are coming from various directions. Just below the top there is a mountain hut, which is usually opened also in winter (for weekends). In winter, Ratitovec is also a perfect ski tour, appropriate for a quick half day ski trip. Especially, as the villages on the SE, where ski tours usually start, are reachable by roads, so you gain some altitude.
The Character of the Area
The broader area is also interesting in a cultural sense. The valley of Selška Sora, south of Ratitovec, was in the year 973 granted to the bischofs of Bavarian Freising. They started to populate at that time mostly empty parts first above the valley of Bača and a few decades later also the terraces below Ratitovec with German people from Tirol (from the neighbourhood of Innichen). Even today many toponimes still remind on the German origin. The highest summit of Ratitovec, is for example Altemaver, which probably originally meant in German "the old wall". Still today some remains of the old dialect could be traced in the high villages, but even old people are kind of hiding it.
The high villages below Ratitovec are really like pearls, they are among the highest ones in Slovenia. One more picturesque than the other, lying on a sunny terrace. Sorica, Zgornje (Upper) and Spodnje (Lower) Danje, Zabrdo, Torka and Prtovč can be a goal of a hike themselves. They are all connected with a road, which is intermitted only in the part between Torka and Prtovč. But upwards that part can be done by a bike (pushing it up), and the rest can all be a beautiful mountain bike tour. In the past the area was also known for their blacksmith and ironery. With the industrialisation the craft in Železniki ceased at the end of 19th century.
Summit ViewsThe highlight is certainly the view on Triglav massif. Perhaps this view is the most beautiful from Kosmati vrh, on the very NE part of the massif. Otherwise you have a free view also on the Karawanks and the Kamnik & Savinja Alps. On the other side the whole hilly Slovenia is in front of you and in the direction of Dinaric Alps, in a clear day also very distant summits in Croatia can be seen.
The second possible hike goes from the east, from Dražgoše village. But that is quite a long one.
Coming from Bohinj valley, you can start a hike on Soriška planina - the mountain pass and alpine meadow - where you can start the hike along the west ridge.
Other trailheads can be on several mountain roads of Jelovica plateau, so from the northern side. This requires a good map, because you can easilly get lost on many roads there. These are the roads, which go south from Rastoka saddle, 1122 m, or from Rovtarica hut, cca 1050 m or from Bitenjska planina. Perhaps not so popular in summer, these can be in good conditions nice starting points of a cross country ski tour. The northern slopes are not rising as steep as the southern ones.
3. From Ravne or Torka, 1175 m. By a narrow mountain road you continue towards the east on Poden saddle below Grebel vrh, 1348 m. A bit before the saddle (till there possible by car) you can already deter left (inscriptions), hit the route #2 and ascend on top as described. 1 h 45 min.
4. From Zgornje Danje, 1100 m. The marked path goes up in the NE direction. First through the woods, then it reaches nice alpine meadows. In the E and NE direction you slowly gain altitude. The path mainly keeps right of the main ridge, later it brings you on the ridge, just before the steeper and rocky summit of Altemaver. On a broad saddle between Altemaver and Kremant you hit the marked path, coming from Soriška planina. By it you go right, ascend Altemaver and perhaps continue towards the mountain hut. You can descend by the route #2 and make again a nice round tour. 2 h 30 min for ascent. Remark: It looks that over the rocky southern walls no convenient trail goes from the inhabited terrace on the main ridge!
6. Over Pečana meadow. From Bohinj side, we drive by forrest roads on Bitenjska planina and there deter further up on Ribčeva planina, 1140 m. There we park and continue hiking in the SE direction. In half an hour we reach the Pečana meadow, 1362 m, continue a bit more towards the SE, but soon the path branches. We go right on the saddle between Altemaver and Gladki vrh and from there on top. 1 h 30 min from the road.
7. Kosmati vrh. As described in #1, we go from Prtovč, 1011 m, into Razor valley, but there we continue upwards and over a steep and even a bit exposed slope (take care in winter!) towards the N and then easilly towards the NE on the panoramic summit. We can also continue by the Razor valley till its end, where on Vratca (saddle), 1511 m, many paths come together. For Kosmati vrh we go right, for Gladki vrh and the hut the marked path goes left. Vratca can also be reached from Pečana meadow (see the description in #6). Kosmati vrh can also be reached by a marked path from the N. It starts on Rastoka saddle, 1122 m, but we can use also some mountain roads towards the south from there.
8. From Dražgoše, 793 m. This marked path is only the ascent path to Prtovč, even if you could also go on top over Kosmati vrh.
Map: Škofjeloško in Cerkljansko hribovje. Planinska zveza Slovenije. 1:50000.