🇸🇮 Praproče and Marija Snežna

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The church of Marija Snežna (Santa Maria Maggiore), hidden on a wooded hill north of the Karst Edge, is a beautiful destination for a half-day hike if you love hiking around Črni Kal but have exhausted all the obvious choices.

At a Glance

Easy walk on footpaths and dirt trails with a bit of gravel and asphalt.
467 m
Average time
3 h
Elevation gain
240 m
Start: 45.553403,13.879551
Peak: 45.539728,13.907427

Starting point Hiking map Download GPX file

Getting There and Back

  • We started at the parking lot above Črni Kal crag and followed the waymarked path toward Praproče.
  • After a long walk along the scenic Karst Edge, the waymarked path turns left. Follow a dirt trail parallel to the cliffs until you encounter another waymarked footpath from Podpeč to Praproče.
  • Turn left (downhill) to reach Praproče, then follow the signs for Marija Snežna to reach the hilltop and the church.
  • After a short break, take a steep, unmarked footpath going west, then follow the easy-to-spot dirt trail to a gravel road from Črnotiče to Podpeč.
  • When you reach the gravel road, turn left. You’ll return to the waymarked path you used earlier in a few minutes. Turn right to return to the Črni Kal castle and the parking lot.

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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.