Activities / Summits of the Cerkno Region
Vrhovec / Lokvarski vrh, (1079 m)
Vrhovec (aka Lokvarski vrh) is a 1,079 m grassy peak south of the Šebrelje plateau. From the top of Vrhovec, where there is also a panorama board and the sign-in book of the Alpine Association of Slovenia, you can enjoy the views of the Šebrelje plateau, Trnovo Forest, the regions of Idrija and Cerkno and the Škofja Loka hills, and, weather permitting, all to the Julian Alps and the Dolomites.
Reka starting point
From the Cerkno – Tolmin regional road, at Straža in Želin, turn right at the traffic lights in the direction of Tolmin.
After 2 km, in Reka, turn left over the bridge opposite the exit road for Bukova and Zakojca, on the other bank of the Idrijca, and park on the right, after the bridge, by the information board of the Divje Babe Archaeological Park. From here, continue on foot along the asphalt road and follow the 4A: Mule Track boards.
After about 50 metres from the house, turn off the asphalt road onto the macadam road. After about 300 metres, turn right into the forest at the board, and continue to the stone barriers, where you should turn right through the forest.
After 2 km of walking uphill, you can rest in Čepale (441 m), where a bench awaits you under the board. From here, continue uphill towards Šebrelje. There is a gorge below you, Sjavnce (Sevnice), with Kopačnica, which separates Šebrelje from Jagršče.
Above the rocks, almost below the edge of the plateau, the trail levels up, leading you to the road. The road leads right to the nearby Church of St. Ivan, and the archaeological site of Divje Babe is also close by.
More info at: www.hribi.net
Šebrelje starting point
If you do not stop to visit these destinations, continue left at the crossroads, and the road will soon lead you to the village of Šebrelje. Walking through the village, stay on the main asphalt road. There is a slightly larger crossroads in the vicinity of the church. Go straight on past the fire house, simply following the markers. Continue along the main road, which later leads to the Lasce Hunter’s Lodge.
The asphalt road soon blends into a macadam road and starts climbing uphill through the forest. The road through the forest leads to a crossroads, with the road from the village of Jagršče connecting from the left. Continue right, following the markers for Krnice. The road leads through the forest for a while, taking you to the mountain pass and leading to a chapel on the left side of the road.
From the pass, leave the main road and continue slightly to the right, to a narrow cart track along the left side of the house. The cart track leads through the forest, taking you to grassy slopes. Stay on the cart track up the grassy slopes. Slightly below the peak, the cart track comes to an end, and you need to hike up the grassy slope towards the peak, which is already visible. Use the large board on the top of the hill to guide you.
From Oblakov vrh to Vrhovec
A flatter route is available from Idrijske krnice and a steeper route from Oblakov vrh.
On the Oblakov vrh pass, you are standing in the centre of the fault zone of the Idrija Fault. The views of this major geological fault, where the strongest earthquake in Slovenia happened in 1511, stretch down the Kanomlja valley on one side and the Hotenje valley on the other. The famous Idrija Fault is one of the largest faults in Slovenia and in the broader Southern Alps region.
From Oblakov vrh, past the houses above the Kanomlja valley, the Italian road takes you towards Krnice, and then left towards the Pisance farm, where you can marvel at the purple, red and green hued rocks. Continue towards Šebreljski vrh to the Na Laniš farm and admire the diverse and interesting igneous rocks along the way. From the Na Laniš farm, climb Vrhovec or Lokvarski grič (1,079 m), a viewing dome in the midst of the Idrija and Cerkno Hills. Now, you can admire the views of the Idrija Hills, Trnovo Forest, the crowns of the Julian Prealps with Porezen, Blegoš and Ratitovec, as well as the entire Julian and Kamnik–Savinja Alps. The view goes even as far as the Ljubljana Basin, and to the Dolomites in Italy on the other side. The meadows stretching from Pisance and Lokvarski grič to Erzelj and further to Kal and Jelenk are packed with colourful flowers from early spring to late autumn.
Big panoramic board at the top of the peak.
Beautiful views of the Šebrelje plateau, Trnovo Forest, the regions of Idrija and Cerkno and the Škofja Loka hills, and, weather permitting, all to the Julian Alps and the Dolomites.