This route crosses the Idrija hills, to the west of which is the expansive Trnovo Forest. The relatively short and flat stage provides good air and pleasant forest shelter.
The sparsely populated Črni vrh plateau is named after the biggest town in the area, Črni Vrh. Javornik’s ridge forms the plateau’s southern boundary, whilst to the north it descends steeply towards the Idrijca river. Its sparse population and remoteness from urban light pollution make it an ideal location for an astronomical observatory, which lies in the middle of the plateau.
The plateau's serenity is than broken dramatically by the Idrijca valley. We descend into the hilly and furrowed terrain around the town of Idrija. The mercury mine near Idrija was created by a combination of tectonics and volcanic activity. Natural jewls include lake Divje jezero in the valley of the Idrijca river, which is accessible via a steep path from the Črni Vrh plateau. This Karstic lake lies just before Idrija, which is fed by waters from the plateau above it, and is tucked away below a sheer cliff. An educational trail goes around the lake.
Safety informationThe last descend is quite steep, so caution is advised. Do not swim in the lake Divje Jezero.
Tips and hintsDivje jezero lake (Wild lake) was the first nature museum in Slovenia and is well worth the visit.
Getting thereSmall section on highway Ljubljana- Koper, exit Logatec/Idrija
ParkingSome free and payable parking available
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EquipmentNormal hiking equipment.
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