Exploring the Ressel Trail

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The edge of Gora (plateau high above Vipava Valley) is full of fantastic vista points. A few of them are reachable with a road bike; we’ll visit the westernmost one and explore an ancient dirt trail laid out by Josef Ressel on the way back of the ship propeller fame.

At a Glance

Somewhat steep asphalt road. Optional dirt trail descent.
895 m
Average time
3 h
Elevation gain
730 m
20 km
Start: 45.902235,13.881650

Starting point Hiking map

Interactive route Download GPX file


  • There’s a large parking lot next to the church in Lokavec
  • From the parking lot, turn right toward Predmeja
  • Follow the main road until you reach Predmeja
  • Turn right (direction Col/Otlica)
  • In a few minutes, you’ll arrive at a tiny clearing. Enjoy the view!

Returning to Vipava Valley

  • If you had enough, turn around and enjoy the long descent toward Lokavec.
  • If you’re on a road bike, you might want to traverse Gora and return to Ajdovščina/Lokavec via Col.
  • If you happen to be of the downhill persuasion, use the old road built in the 1830s (laid out by Josef Ressel when he was working there as a forester) to get back to Lokavec.

The Ressel Trail

  • From the vista point, follow the blue signs onto a challenging narrow rocky dirt track (you might want to skip that part and join the Ressel road further downhill).
  • The dirt track merges with the asphalt road you used to ascend.
  • Follow the road until the first hairpin, where the blue signs send you onto a comfortable gravel road.
  • Keep going straight until you reach Gorenje.
  • Find your way through the narrow streets of Gorenje, veering toward the right. Once you reach the main road, turn right, and you’ll get back to the Lokavec-Predmeja road in no time.

Map of the Route

The map shows the path we took as recorded by the GPS receiver. Never trust a GPS track wholeheartedly; rely on your senses and maps.

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