Vrsic Pass & Trenta Valley, Slovenia

This was an epic day hike in Triglav National Park in Slovenia and one of the highlights of our week in that great little country. We drove our rental car from our hotel in Bled, up and over Vrsic Pass and down into the Trenta Valley, where we would finish the hike. We left the car there, then took the bus back up to Vrsic Pass to start the hike. From the pass there is a short and relatively easy out and back trail to Slemenova Spica (aka Sleme), where there is a fantastic viewpoint of nearby peaks and more distant ones to the north in Austria. After returning to Vrsic Pass, we walked down the road for awhile until we reached another trail that went down through beautiful and tranquil forest in Trenta Valley. In the valley, we then followed the crystal clear Soca River. It was long but fantastic day with incredible scenery. Everything about the area is beautiful; the mountains, the forest, rivers. It was hands down one of our favourite days in Slovenia.

You could easily do the Sleme trail on its own without hiking down into Trenta Valley.

HOW TO GET THERE

The trail starts at Vrsic Pass, which is roughly halfway between the towns Kranjska Gora and Trenta. You can drive there yourself or take a bus like we did. There is a lodge at the pass that you can stay, as well as a small kiosk that sells refreshments and souvenirs. 

TRAIL

5 km / 3 hours (round trip)

350 m elevation gain

The hiking trail to Slemenova Spica gives a lot while asking for little in return. It’s a short and easy out & back trail with spectacular views the whole way. It’s well signed and easy to follow. 

The trail starts on the west side of the parking lot at Vrsic Pass. Even before you start the trail, you are treated with great views of the surrounding limestone mountains. From the parking lot, the trail ascends gradually for about 45 minutes to Vratca Saddle (1,807 m), where there is a fantastic view of Mt. Prisojnik. From there, turn right to drop down from the pass, then stay left at the next intersection. Continue on until you reach a short uphill section onto the grassy slopes of Slemenova Spica, which you might be sharing with local sheep. From the top, there are awesome views all around. On a clear day, you can see Grossglockner, the highest mountain in Austria.

To return to the parking lot, retrace your steps.

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