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Through Mala Pisnica Valley

Through Mala Pisnica Valley

Through Mala Pisnica Valley

Page Type: Route

Location: Julian Alps, Slovenia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.46000°N / 13.70000°E

Object Title: Through Mala Pisnica Valley

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Walk-up

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Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Oct 31, 2004 / Mar 7, 2006

Object ID: 162690

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Slemenova spica, 1911m, can be considered also as one of the summits closing the beautiful valley of Mala Pisnica. Although this route can be prolongued to Mojstrovka, 2332m, which is the true end of Mala Pisnica, those rare visitors who hike-up here usually finish the tour on Slemenova spica.

The trail starts in Kranjska Gora, 810m, the well known tourist resort in Sava valley. If you have your own car, you can drive southwards (towards Vrsic Pass) one more kilometer and park by Jasna lake (restaurant). From here you already see into the Mala Pisnica valley.

Route Description

After you cross the river Pisnica (Velika) you enter the valley. From Kranjska Gora Mala Pisnica valley goes in a SW direction. The path is first clearly seen, but later you should not be tempted to proceed down, by the beautiful creek of Mala Pisnica. It jumps over a few rock barriers, so passages are usually not possible. The true path (hunters') is some 100 meters above the bottom of the valley, on its NW side (right if you go up). The path is on some places steep, also protected by steel ropes (now they are new, I think), but mostly it is enjoyable and comfortable. It's likely that you will not meet anybody on the whole tour.

After 1h 30 minutes the path descends again down to the creek and you reach the hunters hut. Normally it is closed. From the hut you proceed by the valley (SW direction). The path is becoming less and less readable, in many turns it follows the easiest passages through steep woods (you keep more towards right). At the end the direction of this hunters path is towards west and so it reaches lighter larch woods below the Grlo pass, 1457m. If you are lucky, on these slopes below Grlo you can find the oldest larch in Slovenian mountains. Its top is already cut off by blizzards, but its still very strong and alive.

On Grlo Pass you meet the marked path from Planica valley (Tamar). Now you go by it, cross the northern and eastern slopes of Slemenova spica (they are quite rocky) and below the Sleme plateau you meet the marked path, coming here from Vrsic over Vratica Pass, 1807m. You follow this path towards west on Sleme plateau and from it in few minutes to the summit of Slemenova spica.

From Sleme you can descend either to Vrsic or Planica (Tamar) by a marked path. A bit more than an hour (less and easier to Vrsic). From there you need of course a transfer back to Kranjska Gora (or you walk 2:30h+).

For the ascent from Jasna lake to Slemenova spica you will need some 4 hours.

Rating the Route (by hiking standards)

0. General. From 830m to 1911m, NE exposition, mainly through woods and finally over grassy slopes. A few rock passages above the creek, secured by a steel rope. Not marked, hunters path. Equipment: good shoes, sticks, a good map and device for orienting is very useful.
1. Effort. 1100m of altitude, 4 hours.
2. Power. 1 - no difficulties.
3. Psyche. 2 - easy.
4. Orientation. 3 - medium.

Getting Lost In Mala Pisnica

Because Mala Pisnica valley is so close to Kranjska Gora tourist resort and the creek is so nice, many ordinary tourists (and also lousy prepared mountaineers) are tempted to hike through it. And there they get lost, or - aren't able to get by the creek back. I remember many years ago there were two or three rescue actions, getting out of valley foreign hikers. In one case they were even from the same group of Dutch tourists. Two years ago also my son and his girlfriend wanted to ascend Vrsic Pass through Mala Pisnica valley (not telling me) and they had to return. So, the path goes above the bottom of the valley!

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