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Mountain ranges / Karawanks / Virnikov Grintovec / Zgornje Jezersko - Virnikov Grintovec

Zgornje Jezersko - Virnikov Grintovec

Starting point: Zgornje Jezersko (880 m)
Starting point Lat/Lon: 46.3952°N 14.4986°E 
Time of walking: 2 h 15 min
Difficulty: easy marked way
Difficulty of skiing: more demanding
Altitude difference: 774 m
Altitude difference (by path): 800 m
Map: Karavanke - osrednji del 1:50.000
Views: 76,341
Trip rating: 7 votes
Number of pictures: 36
Access to starting point:
From highway Ljubljana - Jesenice we go to the exit Kranj - vzhod and follow the road ahead in the direction of Jezersko. In Zgornje Jezersko, at the crossroad at the gas station, we turn left towards the church of St. Ožbolt in Jezersko (straight border crossing Jezersko). Further, we drive past hotel Planinka, and we follow the road to the near church of St. Ožbolt. We park near the church, or a little lower on the settled parking lot by the cemetery.
Path description:
From the church, we continue on the asphalt road which moderately ascends and after few 10 strides it brings us to the spot, where it ends. Here we will on a tree notice a signpost for Virnikov Grintovec, which points us to the right on a footpath, that is gently ascending by the edge of a meadow. The path which goes after that in the forest and which starts moderately ascending, after 15 minutes of walking, immediately after the stream, brings us to the homestead Žmitek, where we also step on a macadam road.
Marked footpath only crosses the mentioned road, then starts steeply ascending through a dense forest. After few minutes of a steep ascent, we join less steep cart track which we then follow to a smaller saddle between Olipov rob (other name Žmitkov špic) on the left and Žmitkov vrh on the right.
Cart track here changes into a pleasant footpath which with some views on surrounding hills brings us to a forest road. We continue on the road good 100 meters and then blazes point us to the right on an ascending footpath. The path which is further ascending diagonally through the forest, soon joins the path from Murnovo, and we continue straight in the direction of Virnikov Grintovec. Higher, the path entirely flattens and turns a little to the right, where it crosses slopes of Žarkove peči (1411 meters). After few minutes of easy walking we step out of the forest, on a larger clearing (saddle Žingerc 1345 meters), where from the right side joins the path from the Austrian side.
We continue in the direction of Virnikov Grintovec, on the path which goes into the forest, and it starts ascending steeper and steeper. A pretty steep path, higher brings us on the main ridge, where it turns to the left. On the ridge, from which beautiful views opening up on surrounding peaks, steepness also decreases. This occasionally very panoramic and on individual spots for slipping dangerous path (in the dry there is no significant danger) we follow all the way to the top of Virnikov Grintovec.
The starting point - Žingerc 1:30, Žingerc - Virnikov Grintovec 45 minutes.
On the way: Žingerc (1345m)
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