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A difficult trail about 3 kilometres in length, suitable for experienced and well equipped cyclists or hikers, who wish to have a view of the Idrijca valley. The locals of Idrijski log, call Kamparetova pot the three metres wide, solid built road, leading from Klobučani in Idrijski Log towards Pevc above the Divje jezero lake (the Wild lake). In several places the road is carved into rock, and crosses all the sinkholes with a well built rampart. A slow and careful cycling along the route will take about 30 minutes.

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A difficult trail about 3 kilometres in length, suitable for experienced and well equipped cyclists or hikers, who wish to have a view of the Idrijca valley. The locals of Idrijski log, call Kamparetova pot the three metres wide, solid built road, leading from Klobučani in Idrijski Log towards Pevc above the Divje jezero lake (the Wild lake). In several places the road is carved into rock, and crosses all the sinkholes with a well built rampart. A slow and careful cycling along the route will take about 30 minutes.

The trail with its secrets just simply invites you to explore. Below Pevc it branches off the road connecting Idrijski Log and Podroteja, the so called »pot po ključah«. The easiest way to reach the starting point is from Koševnik (a hamlet of Idrijski Log), heading towards Podroteja along the »ključe« road. After about a kilometre our route branches off to the left. The 3 km long route winds through the forest, just on top of the overhanging walls above the Divje jezero lake (The Wild Lake). At the end of this part you will reach the forest road connecting Idrijska Bela and Idrijski Log. Turn left and at the farm Pri Tomincu at Idrijski Log continue along the local road which invites you to further explore the Črni Vrh plateau. You can extend your trip by taking the Pot po visokem krasu route (The high karst route) and the Matuckarjeva pot trail and have a look at some typical karst surface features and how people in the past adapted to the difficult living conditions on this plateau.

The origin of this road is not entirely clear, but experts say and older locals, especially foresters, agree that the likeliest explanation is the following: Silvij Blaj, the foresting engineer and later manager of the forest managing company, who started working here in 1947 and did his first job at Pevc, states that this was the track of the narrow-gauge forest railway built in a similar fashion as that of the mine. This type of railroad was common in these forests, just like everywhere else where the bringing of lumber to the roads was made difficult and time consuming by the inaccessible terrain. Once the terrain was cleared – the wood cut, they dismantled the tracks and moved it to the next logging area.

Another reason for building such a railway was that the foresting company management, called Foršt (from the time of the Austro-Hungarian reign), avoided bringing in wood across private land and the other way around. In this case the transport of wood would be possible across the private lands in Zadlog, but the decision was made in accordance with their operation to bring in wood on their own terrain, thus confirming the assumption of this road's creation for the purpose of lumber transport.

Later, when our eyewitness Mr. Blaj was actively involved in the process of woodcutting in this area (after 1947), the densely growing young forest was being logged – it was called the cave wood, cut by the English measurements of length. It was transported along the Kamparetova route by carts to Klobučani, where it was then loaded onto trucks. The older foresters claimed that they were transporting lumber along the way of the narrow-gauge railway, built at the previous logging as a one-time means of wood transport.

It is interesting how the trail got its name – Kamparetova pot trail. The name is not widely known, but well established among the locals. It got its name after the forest manager and overseer of the construction of this road, Kampare, who was from the village Lokavec near Ajdovščina.

Starting point: Pevc
Length: 3 km
Cycling time: 30 min
Difficulty: very hard (good cycling equipment is necessary)
Elevation: 92.1 m
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