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Postojna, Ajdovščina, Idrija
Notranjski kras

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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R5 Predjama » Črni vrh
  |   4h45   |   20.2 km   |   671 m   |   510 m

This stage passes through Karstic forest where numerous Karstic phenomena can be observed. There are sinkholes, Karstic caves and cliffs along the entire length of the route. Follow the trail gently up to Javornik (over 1,000 metres) then down the other side to Črni Vrh.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
504 m
| B  7.8 km / 1h30
884 m
| B  7 km / 2h00
Pirnatova koča na Javorniku
1167 m
| B  5.4 km / 1h15
Črni vrh
638 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • Notranjski kras ~ Geodetski zavod Slovenije (1 : 50 000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Vodnik po planinskih postojankah v Sloveniji ~ Planinska zveza Slovenije (ISBN 961-6156-10-1)

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  • auf-guten-wegen - 2023-09-12
    Von der Javornik-Hütte führt ein kleiner Pfad auf den Gipfel des Jarnovik. Dieser kurze Anstieg ist sehr empfehlenswert, denn oben bietet sich auf dem hölzernen Aussichtsturm ein herrliches Panorama.
  • Tony - 2023-07-20
    Just outside Predjama you touch the most eastern spot of the Via Alpina. Congrats! From this point on the direction will be mainly west and north.
  • Julien Trieste Monaco - 2022-08-05
    Right before getting into Crni Vrh (coming from predjama) there is a kind of ski resort on the left with toilets and water plus some grassy spots. At Crni Vrh the hotel was still close as it welcomes Ukrainian refugees. There another place that is never mentioned: Turistična Kmetija Pr Mark. There are rooms restaurant and a camping. Lots of nice grassy spots but no so much of shade. 25€ for camping and dinner. Friendly
  • Oliver - 2022-07-04
    The hostel Gostisce Metka in crni vrh is now a house for refugee from Ukraine. No food or lodging. Supermarket in crni vrh still exists.
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    No water except at end of R5 in Crni Vrh: faucet labeled "drinking water" in square. Crni Vrh also has a good supermarket (on the same square).
  • Edgard Belgian hiker - 2021-11-08
    Pause hier 07/11/2021 au refuge de Javornik. Très bel accueil et bonne nourriture à un prix très correct.
  • kessel_kolumna - 2019-06-27
    Beim Wandern hier in Slowenien sollte man auf jeden Fall aufmerksam sein. Ich wäre heute Morgen kurz nach der Burg im Wald fast auf eine Schlange getreten. Gestern haben wir ebenfalls schon eine gesehen. Wir sind zwar keine Reptilien-Experten, aber die beiden sahen aus wie Höllenottern. Die sind sehr scheu, aber die Hitze hat sie wohl raus getrieben. Laut Netz sind die Höllenottern giftig. Doch auch wenn ein Biss selten tödlich endet, passen wir jetzt lieber noch ein bisschen besser auf. Auf dieser schönen Tour können wir so etwas nicht brauchen. :-)
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    When hiking here in Slovenia, you should definitely be attentive. Shortly after the castle in the forest I would almost have come on a snake this morning. Yesterday we also saw one. We are not reptile experts, but the two looked like hell-eaters. They are very shy, but the heat has probably driven them out. According to the net, the venomous creatures are poisonous. But even if a bite rarely ends fatally, we now prefer to watch a little better. We can not use this on this beautiful tour. :-)
  • Pedro57 - 2019-06-24
    Update on info: we are sitting in the beer garden of Gostisce Metka in Crni Vrh. Run by a lovely lady with both English and French. I'm 62, carrying 20kg and we cruised the walk from Premuda in 5 1/2 hours, excluding stops. Lovely walk, we were happy to have the shade as it's turned hot again. On Monday all options along the way were closed. The route passes a Roman castle, vestiges of Roman roads, first views of the snowy Alps. Great day and more to come!
  • Wanderin - 2019-05-17
    Sehr nette Unterkunft mit regionalem Frühstück in Crni vrh: Gostilna Metka
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    Very nice accommodation with regional breakfast in Crni vrh: Gostilna Metka
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-12
    11 juin 2017
    L'hébergement indiqué sur le site se trouve en dehors du village aux coordonnées N45°55,950' E14°02,300'. Pas facile de se faire expliquer le chemin quand on ne parle pas le slovène!
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    June 11, 2017 Accommodation indicated on the site is outside the village at coordinates N45 ° 55,950 'E14 ° 02,300'. Not easy to be explained the way when you do not speak Slovenian!
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    In Hrušica is a nice restaurant, Stara Pošta (with beds I believe) and it's a good place to camp in the garden.
  • Sophia - 2016-09-23
    Pirnatova koča is only open on weekends and holidays! ...luckily we had our tent with us
  • Klaus - 2016-09-16
    Tour 13.09.2016 - 5:30 Std.
    - 2:00h bis Dobrodošli Hrušici mit z.T. schlechter Wegführung und mangelhafter Markierung. Man kann hier auch übernachten, Öffnungszeiten in der Woche ab 11:00.
    - 2:15h bis zur Prnatova Koča mit hervorragender Aussicht, aber geschlossen (Di).
    - 1:15h bis Crni Vrh mit einem sehr steilen Waldabstieg.
    - BB ist am Hauptplatz vorhanden, wirkt aber auf mich nicht sehr einladend. Also weiter nach Idrija.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Tour 13.09.2016 - 5:30 hrs. - 2:00 hrs. To Dobrodošli Hrušici with partly bad route and poor markings. You can also stay here, opening hours in the week from 11:00. - 2: 15h to Prnatova Koča with excellent views, but closed (Tue). - 1: 15h to Crni Vrh with a very steep forest descent. - BB is available at the main square, but does not seem very inviting to me. So on to Idrija.
  • Henk - 2013-04-27
    Pretty trail. But if you can't stay in Crni Vrh, catch a bus to Idrija. Next day you can take the 5:45 bus back to Crni Vrh.
  • Elisabeth - 2012-11-17
    Horaire très sous-estimé pour atteindre Hrudjika (+ 1h30 minimum). Refuge Pirnatova fermé le L 16/07.
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    Very underrated reaching Hrudjika (minimum 1:30) schedule. Refuge Pirnatova closed L 16/07.
  • Daniel - 2011-10-20
    If you like walking for hours through dense forests, and not seeing anybody: then this is your lucky day!

    Halfway, at Hrusika, there are rooms at the Post Office, which is situated on the compound of a Roman castle.

    At Crni Vrh (Black Peak, pronounce: 'Churney Vurch'), there is a neat guest-house. 25 pp Try zlikrofi: small potatoes that are wrapped in pasta.
  • Alpinisten - 2011-09-08
    Achtung: Die Stara Post hat Montags und Dienstags geschlossen. Am 1.August 2011 (immer Montags?) war auch die Pirnatova koch na Javorniku geschlossen. Die realistische Gehzeit beträgt auf dieser Etappe eher ca. 6 h.
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    Attention: The Stara Post has closed Mondays and Tuesdays. On August 1, 2011 (every Monday!) Also Pirnatova cook na Javorniku was closed. The walking time is realistic at this stage rather about 6 h
  • Neko - 2011-01-23
    Wir sind den Weg oberhalb (nördlich) von Ajdovcina auf der Hochebene gegangen (slow. Weitwanderweg Nr. 1) mit sehr schöner Sicht. Im Hinterland unterhalb des sinji vrh ein Gasthof mit sehr guten Essen.
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    We are way above (north) of Ajdovcina gone on the plateau (Slovenian long-distance trail No. 1) with a beautiful view. In the hinterland below Sinji vrh an inn with good food.
  • gonzom - 2010-08-10
    A direction panel before Hrusica indicate a way to Javornik to the RIGHT! It misleads - I lost 4 hours flanking Srednja Gora through Podkraj and uphill
  • miriam - 2009-09-04
    Die angegebene Zwischenziel-Hütte "Pirnatova koča na Javorniku" ist als Übernachtungsmöglichkeit NICHT zu empfehlen. Normalerweise wird in dieser Hütte nicht übernachtet, wie wir dort erfahren haben. Die Zimmer sind sehr verwahrlost - schimmlig, staubig und stinkend - unsere Wanderstecken wurden von lauten Ratten oder Siebenschläfern in der Nacht angeknabbert, die uns auch den Schlaf raubten. Nicht einmal das Hüttenpersonal übernachtet noch dort, wir wurden allein in der Hütte zurückgelassen.
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    Between the specified target hut "Pirnatova koča na Javorniku" is highly recommended as a place to stay NOT. Normally not stayed in this cabin, as we learned. The rooms are very neglected - moldy, dusty and smelly - our Walking Stick were nibbled by rats and dormice loud at night who robbed us of sleep. Not even the cabin staff have stayed there, we were left alone in the hut.
Last update : 2019-12-15