Križ (križ=cross) is a mountain, which you ascend passing by. Mountaineers, who come from Krnica valley over Kriška stena, ascend its summit and proceed to Pogačnikov dom (hut) or further to Stenar, others who were sleeping in the hut come up to its high ridge when going towards Škrlatica - and also visit its summit, and so on. Only in times of tour skiing season Križ can be the ultimate goal of a tour.
The mountain has no high walls. It rises from the high plateaus of Kriški podi and Na Rušju as a ridge, stretching between Stenarska vratca (notch), 2295 m, on the SE and the edge of Kriška stena (wall), 2375 m, on the NW. The summit is easily accessible, once you reach its high summit ridge. But reaching it from any of the three surrounding valleys takes quite some time. From the summit you have a nice view on the surrounding summits: Stenar, Triglav, Bovški Gamsovec and Pihavec, Planja and Razor, Prisojnik and Škrlatica group.
For the general orientation see the Julian Alps group page.
1. From Aljažev dom (hut), 1015 m, through Sovatna (valley/ravine) on Dovška vratica (saddle), 2180 m, on Stenarska vratica (notch), 2295 m, and to the summit. Steep marked path. 4 h.
2. From Aljažev dom (hut), 1015 m, to Bivouac IV, 1980 m, to the edge of Kriška stena and to the summit. Steep marked path. 4 h.
3. From Krnica valley. From the parking place in 30 minutes to Koča v Krnici (hut), 1112 m, to the end of Krnica, over Kriška stena (wall) and to the summit. Marked, over the wall exposed, ferrata. 4 h.
4. From Zadnjica valley. From the parking place, 700 m, to Pogačnikov dom (hut), 2052 m, to the edge of Kriška stena and to the summit. Steep marked path. 5 h.
For tour skiing, the route #2 is preferred. You can have a steep, demanding downhill also by the route #1. The variant of the route #2 in winter goes also towards Stenarska vratca (notch). How to reach the valley below Stenarska vratca, see the Stenar ski tour description! From below Stenarska vratca you cross the slopes around Križ north face and so reach the edge of Kriška stena and by the NW summit ridge the highest point. This is also the preferred downhill - very nice!
The mountain is in the Triglav National Parc, otherwise no limitations.
In summer and autumn - the best months are July to October. For tour skiing the best months are March to May. For weather see here. Even better site is wunderground - here's the direct link to Kredarica station, 2515 m (below Triglav summit).
In the neighbourhood of Križ the following mountain huts can be used: