The Karavanke Cycling Loops run through the areas of Jezersko, Jesenice, Kranjska Gora, Kranj, Preddvor, Tržič and Žirovnica. There are five cycling loops in the Kranjska Gora destination area, which are described below.
|Izhodišče||Oznaka poti||Dolžina etape (km)||Vzpon (m)|
|1||Kranjska Gora - Tromeja - Kranjska Gora||Kranjska Gora 01||26,7||713|
|2||Kranjska Gora - Blekova planina - Kranjska Gora||Kranjska Gora 02||32,3||856|
|3||Kranjska Gora - Srednji Vrh - Kranjska Gora||Kranjska Gora 03||33,5||395|
|4||Kranjska Gora - Planica - Kranjska Gora||Kranjska Gora 04||14,7||148|
|5||Kranjska Gora - Krnica - Kranjska Gora||Kranjska Gora 05||15,1||352|
KRANJSKA GORA 01: Kranjska Gora–Tromeja–Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora–Podkoren–proti Korenskemu sedlu–Tromeja–Rateče–Kranjska Gora
A beautiful, scenic mountain-biking tour through the Karavanke Mountains is upon us. We start in front of the Tourist Information Centre Kranjska Gora. We turn towards the centre of the tourist village and pass the ski resort in the direction of Podkoren. Turn right at the foot of the ski slopes, which host the men’s slalom and giant slalom World Cup competitions every year. Cross the main Kranjska Gora-Rateče road and continue through the centre of the charming Alpine village of Podkoren. On the eastern side of the village, join the road to Korensko sedlo. At the start of the climb, stop for a moment at a viewpoint and use the information boards to inform yourself about the main features of the area. After a kilometre and a half, carefully leave the main road and turn left onto a dirt track. On the side of the road you will see the first signposts for Tromeja. Soon we have a beautiful view back towards Kranjska Gora and the peaks in the background. Climb steeply for 6 kilometres around the slopes of Kališje, then look out for the crossroads, where you take a sharp right in the direction of Tromeja. There are 2.6 kilometres of steeper climbing ahead. As the name suggests, we have arrived at the meeting point of three nations and four languages. Let’s take time to enjoy the views, not only of the Julian Alps, but also of the Zilje valley with the mighty Dobrač. At first, we return along the same road, then continue our descent towards Rateče. In between, we stop at some information boards pointing out the features of the landscape. If you are more technically proficient, you can choose to descend on the footpath marked with a yellow sign, which turns left off the road, otherwise continue along the road. You will arrive in another picturesque Alpine village worth a stop. Pass the parish church of the Holy Spirit, head towards the main road, cross it and continue left through Ledine on the cycle path back to Kranjska Gora. As you ride along, you will see signs on the left for the Zelenci Nature Reserve, the ground source of the Sava Dolinka. Access by bicycle is not allowed, but you can visit it on foot. We return to Kranjska Gora along the marked national cycle route D-2.
A scenic, circular mountain-bike tour with picturesque views across three lands.
KRANJSKA GORA 02: Kranjska gora–Blekova planina–Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora–Podkoren–proti Korenskemu sedlu–Jureževa planina–Blekova planina–Jureževa planina–Podkoren–Kranjska Gora
The scenic but challenging mountain-bike tour to the Karavanke ridge starts in front of the Kranjska Gora Tourist Information Centre. Turn towards the centre of the tourist village and pass the ski resort in the direction of Podkoren. Turn right at the foot of the ski slopes, which every year host the men’s Alpine Ski World Cup competitions. Cross the main Kranjska Gora-Rateče road and continue through the centre of the charming Alpine village of Podkoren. On the eastern side of the village, join the road to Korensko sedlo. At the start of the climb, stop for a moment at a viewpoint and use the information boards to inform yourself about the main features of the area. After a kilometre and a half, leave the main road and turn right onto a forest track. Along the road you will see signs for the Železnica cycle path, which you follow for a good part of the way. The trail is extremely scenic, which only confirms the saying that the views of the Julian Alps are the most beautiful from the Karavanke Mountains. We are cycling in a quiet and unpopulated corner of the Karavanke Mountains, so don’t be surprised if you encounter some forest animals. During the summer season, cattle graze on the Jureževa and Bleka mountains and roam freely across the forest road, so let’s continue to behave as respectful guests of the natural environment. The views of the Karavanke and Julian Alps are endless, and it is only our tired legs that tell us that we have already climbed more than 800 metres. Just before the end, we leave the road leading to the Železnica valley and climb another few dozen metres to the left. At Blekova planina, we can leave our bikes at the foot of the pasture and walk to the ridge, where we are rewarded with a view of the Ziljska valley, Dobrač and the Osojski Tours. We return along the same route. The more experienced and those with full suspension bikes can either take one of the marked single-track trails, or continue along the forest road back to the main road and then left towards Podkoren. Once on the main road, turn left carefully somewhere in the middle of the village of Podkoren. At the end of the village, follow the yellow footpath signs along the dirt track above the valley. Cross the main road carefully and continue along the field path. Turn left at the first houses and then immediately right three times and you are back at the starting point.
An unforgettable mountain-biking tour – an adventure through the authentic forests of the Karavanke.
KRANJSKA GORA 03: Kranjska Gora–Srednji Vrh–Mojstrana–Kranjska Gora
Kranjska Gora–Gozd Martuljek–Srednji Vrh–Gozd Martuljek–Mojstrana–Gozd Martuljek–Kranjska Gora
From the Tourist Information Centre Kranjska Gora, turn left and follow the main street, passing the more than 300-year-old Liznjek homestead, gently descending to the main road leading to the Vršič mountain pass. Cross the road carefully and continue along the same street – Borovška cesta – across the Pišnica stream, which you follow to the end of Kranjska Gora, where the cycle path begins, marked with red signs marked D2 Jesenice. In Gozd Martuljek, cross the Sava Dolinka River over the cycle bridge and immediately turn left onto the main road, which you follow carefully for 300 m, then turn left towards Srednji Vrh. Follow the blue signs and you have a good 2 kilometres of interesting and scenic climbing ahead of you. Above the village, you will soon see the Jerm’n Ferrata, you can also admire the Jerman Falls, and continue through an interesting tunnel. The road offers views of the Martuljek Group, but be careful as the road is quite narrow. The highest point of the trip is Srednji Vrh, a pleasant village situated on a glacier shelf about 200 metres above the valley. We descend along the same path. When you get back to the valley, the via ferrata Hvadnik is also nearby; both can be visited with the right equipment after returning from the cycle tour. Return to the cycle path and continue in the direction of Jesenice. The path is pleasant, descending a little all the way along the route of the former railway line. If you are cycling with children, there are plenty of cycle stops along the way for a short rest or a snack from your rucksack. Just before Mojstrana, join the road and turn right towards Mojstrana. Our destination is the Slovenian Alpine Museum, and we will also visit the Square of the Olympians and other interesting points in the town, which is known as the cradle of mountaineering and alpinism. We return along the same route, but we will skip the climb to Srednji Vrh this time.
A flat tour for nature and local heritage explorers.
KRANJSKA GORA 04: Kranjska Gora–Planica–Kranjska Gora
We set off for a pleasant family cycling ride in front of the Tourist Information Centre Kranjska Gora. We turn onto the main street and ride through the centre of the village, past the foot of the ski resort, towards Podkoren. On the way, the children will see the Kosobrin log cabin, which can be visited on the way back. At the foot of the ski slopes, which host the annual men’s Alpine Ski World Cup competitions, continue along the valley past the Zelenci Nature Reserve. This is a unique natural environment that is home to many interesting plant species, including the carnivorous sundew, while amphibians and nesting birds are abundant among the fauna; we suggest a longer visit on another occasion. Follow the cycle path to the junction with the road leading to Planica. Cross it carefully and stop on the right at the nearby information boards, which present another natural attraction, the intermittent Lake Ledine. Follow the cycle path up to the Planica Nordic Centre. If you’re lucky, you can watch ski jumpers training, take part in one of the activities offered by the centre or simply admire the valley below Ponce, the surrounding peaks and giantesses. On the way back, you can also enjoy views of the Karavanke Mountains with the Triple Border. We return along the same route, remembering our promise to stop at Kosobrin.
A pleasant valley family tour to the valley below Ponce.
KRANJSKA GORA 05: Kranjska Gora–jezero Jasna–Krnica–Kranjska Gora
Many people associate Kranjska Gora with alpine skiing and ski jumping, and one of the most famous tourist spots is Lake Jasna, which will be just one of the intermediate points on the mountain bike trip. The trip is mostly on asphalt roads, but part of the route is only rideable by mountain bike or trekking bike. From the Tourist Information Centre Kranjska Gora, go through the centre of the village and turn left at the park with a trough. After 400 metres you will reach the main road to Vršič. Follow the signs for Lake Jasna, which is reached after a gentle climb. Lake Jasna is located at the confluence of the Velika and Mala Pišnica, both of which are man-made and the water is very fresh even in summer. Continue along the Vršiška road, which is often very busy, so be careful when driving. Before the 3rd serpentine, turn left towards Krnica and change to the macadam road. As you descend towards the valley floor, cross the Suha Pišnica stream. You will reach the V Klinu mountain, at the end of which turn right towards the Krnica Cottage. There is a 1,5 kilometre gentle climb on a macadam path, which is often quite rough due to the weather conditions. The scenery is beautiful, with the mighty Špik, Škrlatica, Razor and Prisojnik, all over 2500 metres high, surrounding us above the valley headland. The highest point of our trip is the Krnica Cottage at 1113 metres. We return part of the way along the same path to the V Klin mountain, where we turn right and follow the right bank of the Pišnica River along a macadam path back to Lake Jasna. The bravest can swim in the lake and then follow the main road to the starting point. From the main road, turn left at a small crossroads where the road over the Pišnica to the hotel resort goes off to the right. The street leads to the main road, where you go left and then immediately right and you are back.
A short cycling tour to the heart of the Julian Alps.