This 11.5 km long round route is a wonderful idea for a Sunday family hike. It is intermediate in nature and will take you through forests of Kočevsko.
This trail is perfect for a one day trip with your family, when in the neighbourhood. The trail is well marked
It is a 12-kilometer long circular route with five checkpoints. The starting point of the route is at the bus station in Kočevje. The path leads us up to the sightseeing points above the Kočevje, to Koča pri Jelenovem studencu and back to Kočevje. It is marked with Knafelčeva mark and TP mark. The route is easy- going and suitable for a one-day family escape.
You will find information boards along the trail, and you can take lunch at the Jelenov Studenec hut, a popular weekend destination of the locals. From there you can also take the didactic Jelenov Studenec hiking trail.
From the top, you will have a magnificent views on Kočevsko and surrounding forests, before heading back down to Kočevje, the last partto the city will be the same as it was on the way up.
Very nice trail in the hot summers, when you are kept cool from the shades of mighty forests. Plan to make lunch stop at the hut Jelenov Studenec.
General rule when moving in the bear country is to make some noise during the hike, so that the bears can move away. They are not agressive unless you surpise them or meet them with cubs, than they can get protective. Also, keep the dogs on the leash at all times.
Standard hiking equipment
There are other shorter trails in the area as well, so check the www.kocevsko.com/en page for all the info.
For accomodation check Hostel Bearlog or Camp Jezero.
From Ljubljana head towards Škofljica and Kočevje.
Free and payable parking available.