At a Glance
- 437 m
- Average time
Ascent via Prebeneg: 1 hour 15 minutes
Descent via Kastelec: 45 minutes
Total: 2 hours
- Elevation gain
- 420 m
From Osp to Socerb
- Parking in Osp Valley became Mission Impossible after obnoxious climbers triggered a series of spats with the locals. The only place to leave your car is the car park underneath the Mišja Peč climbing area.
- Follow the asphalt road into the village and ascend through narrow streets toward the church, where you should be able to spot the first waymarks.
- The waymarks lead you onto a dirt trail. Follow signs for Socerb.
- After crossing a (usually dry) gully, the waymarks send you right onto a steep trail that brings you close to Prebeneg, a village at the Slovenian-Italian border.
- The path becomes even steeper as it tries to stay on the Slovenian side of the border and ends in a maze of tiny trails. I found no waymarks; a recent forest fire probably destroyed them. No worries – eventually, you’ll end up on a dirt trail going right that brings you to the asphalt road under Socerb.
- Follow the waymarks through the village onto another trail leading to the castle. Enjoy the views!
Want to take a different path to return to Osp? Let’s visit Kastelec:
- Walk on the asphalt road until you find the first hiking signpost.
- Follow the path toward Podpeč onto a dirt trail, footpath, and gravel road.
- When you get to the sign for Kastelec/Osp, follow it onto a quickly descending dirt trail.
- Cross the village and the asphalt road, and continue on a dirt road going south (toward open Karst meadows).
- The next junction is the only place where I managed to get lost. The arrows are ambiguous; the correct choice was the less-used trail going slightly right.
- The path becomes almost invisible around a pine tree strip. Keep going straight (small cairns will help you) until you reach the meadow’s edge, where the path down into the Osp Valley becomes impossible to miss.
- The rocky footpath eventually brings you to the dirt road you used a few hours earlier. Turn left to get back to Osp.
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.