At a Glance
- A mix of reasonably steep asphalt and gravel roads
- 733 m
- Average time
- 2 h
- Elevation gain
- 450 m
- 22.4 km
In a Nutshell
- I usually park next to Wild Lake (starting coordinates). There is a tiny parking lot at the start of the gravel road toward Idrijski Log, but it’s usually packed. There are further parking opportunities along the Strug gorge (warning: use only the marked parking spots).
- Bike toward the Idrija–Logatec main road. Before reaching the bridge across Zala, turn right onto an ascending gravel road following signs for Idrijski Log.
- Stay on the main gravel road (most of the side roads are either closed off or marked as logging roads – gozdna cesta) until you reach a tiny column shrine in Idrijski Log.
- Follow the immortal “when you get to a fork in the road, take it” advice – both asphalt roads will eventually bring you to Zadlog. We took the right one and had to take a sharp left turn at the next junction to get to Zadlog.
- After making a loop around Zadlog enjoying the blooming meadows, we decided to return to Idrijska Bela – it was as easy as following the road signs.
- In Idrijska Bela, turn right into the Strug gorge, and you’ll eventually reach the spot where you left the car.
Geopark Idrija has a fantastic page describing karst phenomena in upper Idrijca Valley.
Sometimes I extend the trip to Mala Gora1 and the first pass above it, where a sign points you to remains of an old windmill – sadly, I never found them. You could go even further and return to Idrijska Bela via Trnovski Gozd and Mrzla Rupa.
A clearing on the slopes of Trnovski Gozd (Trnovo Forest). ↩︎
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.