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Mountain ranges / Karawanks / Mittagskogel/Kepa / Untergreuth - Mittagskogel/Kepa (via 680)

Untergreuth - Mittagskogel/Kepa (via 680)

Starting point: Untergreuth (650 m)
Path name: via 680
Time of walking: 4 h
Difficulty: difficult marked way
Difficulty of skiing: no data
Altitude difference: 1493 m
Altitude difference (by path): 1550 m
Map: Julijske Alpe. Vzhodni del. 1 : 50.000;
Author: klm
Views: 9,696
Trip rating: 2 votes
Number of pictures: 0
Access to starting point:
We drive through Karawanks Tunnel and from there on a regional road towards Bekštanj / Finkenstein. Few 100 meters before Loče / Latschach, 639 meters we turn left on a local road which runs towards the village Ratenče a local road branches off to the left, which runs to Spodnje Rute / Untergreuth.
Path description:
From Spodnje Rute signpost with numbers 681 and 680 points us towards the southwest past the inn Martinihof (on the Slovenian maps marked with Slovenian name Hoja) and from there on the path number 681 past the homestead Kobvar on a steep forested hill, from which we descend into a gully of the stream Borovnica. Here on the right we join the forest road which runs to the hut, but for the traffic it is closed with the gate. This area is called Iljčev rut. From here ahead we can go either on the road or on a footpath which is from here on a marked with number 680 (also KWW – number 603). To the hut it runs on the road, and a little left from it runs also a parallel footpath. It avoids numerous road turns and it is much more pleasant and at the same time, it is also shorter. After 2 hours of walking, we reach hut Bertina koča / Bertahütte, 1527 meters, in its immediate vicinity stands hut Koča pod Kepo / Mittagskogelhütte. There signposts point us towards the south to the saddle Borovščica / Ferlachersattel, 1500 meters. We descend there on the forest road, and then we start ascending on a wide footpath, at first over the scree and through dwarf pines. The steepness soon increases. We have to ascend over a crumbly gully, where we get help from steel cables. Soon after this footpath turns left below the crumbly wall of Dovška Mala Kepa, which we bypass in a semicircle towards the southwest. The path for a moment flattens, and after few minutes above us we already notice a saddle between Kepa and Dovška Mala Kepa, on which we have to ascend in numerous zig-zags on a steep gravel footpath. On the saddle, which is located on Austrian-Slovenian border, we join the marked path, which runs on Kepa from Dovje past Erjavčev rovt. To the top we have to ascend on a wide grassy broad ridge.
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