Vrhnika – Zaplana – Star Maln

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If you happen to be in Vrhnika, take a mountain bike and explore the hills above the town. One of the shorter tours takes you to Kuren, Zaplana, Strmca, Star Maln and back to Vrhnika.

At a Glance

Easy tour on a mix of asphalt and gravel roads
691 m
Average time
2 h
Elevation gain
420 m
19.2 km
Start: 45.963816,14.275521

Starting point Hiking map

Interactive route Download GPX file

Where to Start

  • There are tons of parking opportunities along the path – in Vrhnika, at the start of the footpath to Planina (where I started), near Kuren, at the church in Zaplana, or at Star Maln.
  • The tour is a bit easier when done in the counter-clockwise direction.
  • To get to Stara Vrhnika, turn left just before the football field, and then immediately turn right.
  • In the center of Stara Vrhnika (next to the chapel) go straight, and then immediately turn left.
  • Follow the signs for Star Maln throughout Strmca.

Places to Visit

  • Mountain hut at Planina (marked Špica on the map) – Vrhniški štruklji are delicious. I skipped it because I try to avoid the usual weekend crowds. To get there, turn left onto a gravel road at the end of the ascent from Stara Vrhnika toward Zaplana instead of following the asphalt road toward Zaplana.

Other Field-tested Pit Stops

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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