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The trail along the sightseeing hilltops above Črni Vrh is one of the marked hiking routes, which, weather permitting, offers magnificent views all the way from the Adriatic to Triglav. The trail 6.3 km in length takes you to Velika peč (1,050 m), Čelkov vrh (1,106 m), and Javornik (1,240) – the highest peak in the Idrija municipality. This kind of trip will take you about three hours of leisurely walking.

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The sightseeing hilltops above Črni Vrh

The sightseeing hilltops above Črni Vrh

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The trail along the sightseeing hilltops above Črni Vrh is one of the marked hiking routes, which, weather permitting, offers magnificent views all the way from the Adriatic to Triglav. The trail 6.3 km in length takes you to Velika peč (1,050 m), Čelkov vrh (1,106 m), and Javornik (1,240) – the highest peak in the Idrija municipality. This kind of trip will take you about three hours of leisurely walking.

You can get some refreshment at the Pirnatova planinska koča (mountain cabin) or on clear nights visit the observatory and relax your eyes by gazing at the night skies above Javornik.

Begin in Črni Vrh and head in the direction of Ajdovščina by car. A short way before the place called »Vrh gore« (Top of the mountain) turn left on a gravel road taking you toward Šajsna Ravan. This is the end of the drive. Go along the hillside upward to Čelkov vrh, which is just a half hour of slow walking from the car park. At the top make a stop, relax and enjoy the fresh air. Just five minutes from here, amidst the trees hides »Velika peč« a solitary rock, which once served as a place to put up the flag and the take off point for paragliders. Nowadays it offers a beautiful view of the village and the diverse Idrijsko-Cerkljansko region with numerous ridges and valleys, and further, all the way to the capital Ljubljana to the NE. We return back to the previous path and through Kanji dol, past the Observatory Javornik (On clear nights you can relax your eyes at the beautiful night skies above the Javornik), we set foot to the top of Javornik (1,240 m) which on clear days offers unforgettable views from the lookout tower. We can see all the way to the Julian Alps and the Gulf of Trieste. Just a 10-minute walk from the top of the Javornik brings us to Pirnatova koča na Javorniku (Pirnat's cabin on Javornik), where you can have a rest, a bowl of home-made vegetable stew, and on cold winter days warm yourself with a cup of warm tea. From here you return along the shortest way to the gravel road and follow it for about 10 minutes back to Šajsna Ravan where your car awaits.

This walkway full of beautiful sights and enjoyment in the pristine environment enables you to admire nature and its inhabitants in different seasons. In winter you can try to figure out which animal do the footprints in the snow belong to, and wonder at the marvellous unique artwork created by snowfrost on the bare branches of trees. When the spring warm sun melts the snowy blanket covering the land, nature awakes in all its glory and brings everything back to life. This is a true place to gather positive energy to easily overcome spring fatigue. In the summer days you can enjoy the unique scent of hay drying, and enjoy the warmth of the sun's rays while listening to the birds' singing.  In autumn, nature is preparing for the winter rest, the colder winds start to blow and everything becomes calmer. On your way you can gaze at a piece of nature where man has not yet left a permanent print, where man and nature still coexist.

On your way you can also observe how the forces of nature shape the surface and landscape. In the hillsides above Črni Vrh there are several smaller faults, where the rock is significantly crumbled. These crumbled rocks are clearly visible along the gravel road to Šajsna ravan. Through this crumbled rock, water made its way and carved numerous torrent streams and ravines into the hillside which come to life at every stronger rainfall.

Most of the way we see the layers of dolomite from the early Triassic, with visible blue-green algae (cianobacteria) at several places, appearing as a kind of laminated structure in the rock. The algae bound with carbonate pieces (hence such structure) and piled in thin layers. Through time the sediment compressed and was lithificated, thus creating the stromatolitic dolomite.

The trail is marked and undemanding, suitable also for 'Sunday hikers'. It does require good footwear and warm clothes in colder weather as well as something to protect your head from the sun.


Starting point: Šajsna Ravan
Length: 6.3 km
Walking time: 3 h
Difficulty: hard
Elevation: 297.5 m

 

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