Veliki vrh, 1742 m, is the last high and still rocky elevation in the NW ridge of Kočna. Its short west wall hosts a dozen of climbing routes, from Jezersko resort also a marked path reaches it. By the forrest road we can drive quite high below the summit so it's a nice, short hike on a quite panoramic summit. To the ridge and then steeply along it, we first walk up through dense woods, then a short rocky summit section comes.
Basic tour data
0. General: From 1150 m (945 m) to 1742 m, slopes exposition N and NW, steep, marked path through a forrest and over the rocky and grassy summit part. Gear: Good shoes, poles.
1. Effort: 600 m (800 m), 1 h 30 min (2 h).
2. Power: 1 - no difficulties, just walk up.
3. Psyche: 2 - easy (take care in steep woods in winter if icy).
4. Orientation: 1 - no difficulties, well marked.
Overall difficulty would be by the Swiss Hiking Scale graded T3.
ApproachYou start the tour either on Jezersko, or on the forrest road, ascending high arount the Veliki and Mali vrh.
From the Jezersko village you can drive some 1500 m into the valley of Makekova Kočna. There you can park on the crossroads 945 m, where one road goes left to the Makek farm and the other one continues towards the valley end.
If you continue driving straight, you'll soon reach the plate, informing you (only in Slovenian language), that the continuation of drive is only on your own responsibility (2017). If lumberjacks are not performing jobs, occupying the road, you can continue.
The road first reaches its southern point in this valley, where the path towards Čedca waterfall deters left. There the road makes a big right turn and continues ascending the valley slopes towards Veliki and Mali vrh. You drive to below the saddle between these two elevations, where you can park on 1150 m. There the marked path deters left (south-westwards).
Otherwise the forrest road encircles the slopes of Mali and Veliki vrh and on the other side (above the valley of Kokra) continues far towards the south. It can be used for a biking approach to some meadows there or to drive there by car and then continue hiking.
If you park on the crossroads by Makek farm, then you either go all the time up by the forrest road, or soon deter right from the road and continue ascencing by a non-marked path over a clearing. Higher it brings you on the forrest road again.
In any case we reached the point 1150 m on the forrest road, where the marked path deters left, in the SW direction. You can also drive till here by car, on the road there's also the plate 'Veliki vrh'. Now we follow first a weak cart-road and then a comfortable marked path which ascends through the woods gently. In some 15 minutes we reach a small clearing with a hut, 1289 m. There the marked path for Veliki vrh turns left (well marked).
From the hut the path goes more and more steeply through the woods. The direction is SE. We first follow the ridge, later the path leads us right into the western slopes, and finally again steeply up on the summit ridge and the highest point.
We descend by the same route.
I wonder if one could find a safe and comfortable possibility of Veliki vrh ascent from Ovčja koča. That would enable a nice round tour or combination with the tour described in the chapter below.
Veliki Vrh Summit ViewsFrom Veliki vrh you have some nice views on Kočna massif, further along the northern walls of Kamnik & Savinja Alps, on the Karawanks above the Jezersko resort and on the mountain group of Storžič.
Alternative: The SW meadows
From the big parking place you can continue towards Jezersko either all the time by the forrest road, or, much shorter, by a shortcut over the ridge. For the second option you leave the road left and continue by a cart-road right up. In two turns you gain some altitude, then you continue straight towards the north and so reach a small clearing in the woods with a big hut, 1289 m. There you hit the marked path, coming down from Veliki vrh on the right. Now you can ascend the summit of Veliki vrh and return, or you can simply continue descending towards the NE. The marked path soon brings you down on the road, on point 1150 m, where bikes are waiting. Then just ride down into the valley of Kokra.