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Mountain ranges / Julian Alps / Veliki Draški vrh / End of road on Pokljuka - Veliki Draški vrh (path over north outside corner)

End of road on Pokljuka - Veliki Draški vrh (path over north outside corner)

Starting point: End of road on Pokljuka (1340 m)
Starting point Lat/Lon: 46.3386°N 13.9045°E 
Path name: path over north outside corner
Time of walking: 3 h 15 min
Difficulty: difficult pathless terrain
Difficulty of skiing: no data
Altitude difference: 903 m
Altitude difference (by path): 903 m
Map: Triglav 1:25.000
Author: klm
Views: 8,438
Trip rating: 1 votes
Number of pictures: 0
Access to starting point:
From highway Ljubljana - Jesenice we go to the exit Lesce and follow the road ahead towards Bled. In Bled at the traffic lights, the signs for Pokljuka point us to the right. Ahead we drive through Gorje and past the abandoned ski slope Zatrnik to Rudno polje on Pokljuka (large parking lot, barracks and shooting range). From here we continue straight on a macadam road which a little further brings us to a crossroad, where we continue right (left Uskovnica). We follow this road to a parking lot at the end of the road (near are signposts for a mountain pasture Konjščica).
Path description:
From the parking lot at the end of the road, we continue on a wide and at first ascending cart track in the direction of the mountain pasture Konjščica. Cart track, which goes immediately into a dense forest, quickly flattens and after few minutes of easy walking turns into a footpath which continues by the left bank of the stream Ribnica. When the path gets very close to the mentioned stream it turns slightly to the right and it ascends steeper. Higher, the path flattens and out of the forest brings us on the bottom edge of ample Konjščica. Here the path turns slightly to the left, crosses a stream and after few additional strides, it brings us to cheese cottage on the mountain pasture Konjščica.
From the cheese cottage, we continue on a pleasant path, which in few minutes of a light ascent brings us on the upper edge of the mountain pasture. Here the path goes in a lane of dwarf pines and bushes and gradually starts ascending steeper. In the upper part of the ascent towards Jezerca the path from Rudno polje joins from the right, and we continue straight on a moderately steep path, which in few minutes of additional walking brings us to Jezerca, where the path flattens and turns to the left.
Next follows easy walk to the signpost, which marks the main area of TNP, and then the path starts moderately ascending by the torrent (at first a well). The path higher passes on the right side of the torrent (looking from the direction of ascent) and then it ascends diagonally to a saddle Studorski preval. There footpath splits into more branches. We turn right and at the first crossing again right (left path runs straight on the south ridge to the summit). The footpath is almost horizontal, with minimal ascents and descents winding below south dwarf pined slopes of Veliki Draški vrh towards Mali Draški vrh. After approximately 10 minutes we reach the grassy saddle (on map marked Na Kontah), where there is a crossing. There we turn left and we continue towards northeastern slope of Veliki Draški vrh. Unmarked footpath turns left and in long turn bypasses shallow sinkhole, and we continue right towards the northwest to the edge of the northern wall. From there further we go on grass and gravel, whereupon we ascend to first rocks, which make passages easier. Finding those is quite easy. Further, we enter into a groove, which otherwise ends with vertiginous view on the northern wall. From there we step out on left, whereupon steepness of the wall increases a little. We have to overcome more ramps and smaller rounded rocky slope (climbing of I. grade).
From there further, the steepness decreases and to the top follows only few minutes on a grassy terrain.
On the way: Planina Konjščica (1438m), Studorski preval (1892m)
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