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Via Alpina Slovenia: Red trail Stage 7 (Ermanovec hut- Porezen)

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This trail crosses the mountainous terrain of the Cerklje hills. The first part of the trail follows a road and runs across forest and grassy slopes. Finnish with the climb.

About the region

Distance 16.9 km
6:32 h
1,352 m
754 m
1,608 m
459 m

The route from Ermanovec to Porezen runs past the Škofje hill. Our route follows the former Italian military road which bypasses the peak and was built out of sight of the enemy's eyes. The road leads to Novaki, a small village tucked into a narrow valley below Porezen. Hidden deep inside a wild gorge is a monument to the Second World War (takes around 10min detour to reach)

The Franja Partisan Hospital is a marvellous monument to this war of resistance. Hidden from prying eyes, the Partisan hospital, a complex of hospital barracks, operating theatre and x-ray room, lies along a stretch of rapids deep inside the Pasica gorge. So calculate the time for visit in your scedule.

From the hospital the trail gradually ascents (on some parts not so gradually) up to Porezen, the 1.630m high mountain with grass covered slopes and beautifull views on all sides. The hut on Porezen lies a few 10m bellow the top.

Author’s recommendation

Take a tour around Franja Hospital and don't be afraid to take a peek in old barracks and bunkers you may find on the trail.
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Peter Lenarcic 
Update: September 08, 2022
Highest point
1,608 m
Lowest point
459 m
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Rest stops

Hotel Cerkno

Safety information

Be carefull if you go into old bunkers, they may have holes you can fall in and iron stuff you can bang your head on.

Tips and hints

Check for weather as pasture slopes are exposed, and make reservations in huts in advance.


Hut on Ermanovec (978 m)
46.109348, 14.053104
46°06'33.7"N 14°03'11.2"E
33T 426824 5106632
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Hut at Porezen

Turn-by-turn directions

From the hut, walk along the road in the direction of Kladje to reach the Vrhovec farmstead, where the route turns right off the road an up a slightly inclining path. Pass the Šanc peak (1,048 m) to reach a derelict building that once served as Italian barracks, and climb down through the forest to reach the road. Follow the road for 100 m until you reach the crossroads. Turn right here and follow the partly overgrown dirt track, which gently descends past the Jeram farmstead. You will come to a crossroads on the Vrh Ulce pass (814 m), where there is a wooden sign. This is the watershed between the Black and Adriatic seas. 50 minutes. Walk right along the Kladje - Hotavlje road, and soon after turn off the road into the forest along the well-kept former Italian road which ran between Novake and Kladje. You will reach a meadow, where a view of Porezen (1,630 m) opens up ahead.

Continue walking along the road around the sharp right bend to reach the southern slopes of Škoflje, then start climbing up a gentle slope. Follow the road all the while, until you reach the settlement of Dolenji Novaki. Turn right and walk down at the crossroads and continue in the same direction through a second crossroads. The comfortable path leads you to the edge of a clearing. Follow the poorly visible path across the clearing to a livestock pen, behind which is the Cernica stream. Cross the stream to reach the regional Cerkno - Črni vrh road at the settlement of Dolenji Novaki (450 m). 50 minutes.

Walk around the bend in the road towards Cerkno and you will reach a road junction. Turn onto the tarmac side road, which leads up a hill to an inn at the entrance to the Pasica gorge, where the Franja Partisan Hospital lies. The walk from the bridge takes 20 minutes. If you wish to take a tour of the hospital, it is 10 minutes away in the gorge and accessible by a well-kept tourist path. The Via Alpina route crosses the Pasica stream through down the gorge, then turns west along the road to the foot of Drnovo hill (1,004 m). Walk past the hamlet of Podnjivč to reach the village of Poljane (510 m), a 40-minute walk. Walk through the village to reach the meadows and pastures above, then climb up the very steep path through the forest, following course of the Trševka stream. The route is very steep at places. When you reach the forest road, cross it and continue climbing. There is a junction at the Labinjske lehe meadows with the road from the village of Cerkno.

Walk across the meadows towards the steep slopes of Cumprovka (Koap, 1,360 m), then climb up the highland meadows to the forest. When the path narrows, you will reach the Velbnik pass (1,331 m), on the left of which is a hunting lodge. The hike from Poljane takes 2h 10 minutes. The road continues on to Porezen, but your route goes across Jalovec (1,410 m) to reach Medrce, where there is a crossroads of several balcony trails and the forest road. Follow the road until you reach Dom Andreja Žvana - Borisa on Porezen(1,590 m), which lies just below the northern rock face of Porezen peak (1,630 m). 40 minutes from the pass. The entire stage takes 5h 30 minutes.


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Public transport


Cerkno is accessible by bus.

Getting there

By bus or a car.


Some free parking available at Cerkno


46.109348, 14.053104
46°06'33.7"N 14°03'11.2"E
33T 426824 5106632
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Slovenska planinska pot ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-11-x)

Vodnik po planinskih postojankah v Sloveniji ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-10-1)

Author’s map recommendations

Škofjeloško in Cerkljansko hribovje ~ Geodetski zavod Slovenije (1 : 50 000)

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16.9 km
6:32 h
1,352 m
754 m
Highest point
1,608 m
Lowest point
459 m
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