Dom na Kofcah mountain hut can be reached by many easy, marked paths
From the main road ‘Tržič – Ljubelj Pass’ turn to the right in Podljubelj village and follow the signposts for Kofce. Leave your vehicle by Matizovec farm. The road ends here and it gets very crowded on sunny weekends.
Go straight on a dirt road from Matizovec farm and follow the signposts. The path gradually ascends through the forest and in about an hour you arrive to the cute Kofce alpine meadow. The forest ends here and views in all directions begin to open. ‘Dom Na Kofcah’ hut and a charming pasture hut offer food and refreshments.
By car we drive to the town of Tržič, we pass through the city center past the church of St. Andreja and the pizzeria We turn right under the castle to the Neuhaus castle. Let’s leave the car there and go on foot. We have about 3 hours walk in front of us to get to Kofce hut.
The path from Tržič is considered as one of the most picturesque trails, as on the way we meet many already forgotten mountain plants or animals.
Where to go next?
NICE GREEN PASTURES – round path along the mountain pastures
From the hut go behind the pasture hut, pass the barn and follow the well-beaten path towards mountain pasture Šija. Firstly the path runs down the slope, than even on mountain pasture Ilovica, where you can observe shepherd’s huts and at the end leads uphill. After few minutes walking you will reach the mountain pasture Šija. The effort is worth for the fabulous view of mountain Storžič. On the mountain pasture are situated scout home, pasture hut and Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia home.
You can continue in two directions:
- Back to Kofce via snake path: pass the Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia home (behind scout home) and follow the signs on your left. The paths leads over the scree and brings you under the ridge of Kofce gora. Close to the end few stepper serpentines will lead you to the highest point of the path. Then, go through the pine trees down to the pasture. The terrain is perfect to do some somersaults flips 😉 Round paths takes approximately 1.5 hours.
- Forward to mountain pasture Pungrat: we suggest you take the round path by road toward mountain pasture Pungrat (firstly the road runs even, then descends down to mountain pasture Pungrat). On Pungrat, o glass of sour milk is a must. After a good rest go on walking and pass the pasture hut on your left, continue steeply uphill towards Škrbina. Somewhere halfway up (the path is not too strenuous), turn left and follow “border guards” path that will lead you back to the mountain pasture Šija. If you turn right, you can bum around towards other mountain pastures under Košuta (Tegošče, Dolga njiva). The “border guards” path is suitable for children, it’s picturesque, full of flowers and beautiful views. Round paths takes approximately 4 hours.
STUNNING HIKE ACROSS PEAKS – on the mountain peaks
From the hut head uphill on the pasture, past the cross and enjoy in a beautiful view. From here continue along the slope of Košuta to the crossroads, where:
- turn left towards Veliki vrh (2088 m). The path takes you crosswise the slope to Toplar where for the first time you can stand in Austria with one leg and in Slovenia with another. Continue along the ridge until you reach your goal – Veliki vrh. If the weather is good, you will be rewarded with marvellous views on Slovenian and Austrian side of the mountains.
- go straight towards Kofce gora. The paths leads along the ridge and is quite steeply. The path is covered with rocks and can be slippery, so make sure to be careful and to be well equipped. When you reach the peak you will be rewarded with amazing views. The path takes approximately 1,5 hours.
Once you reach the top of Košuta slope, turn right towards peaks Malo Kladivo and Veliko Kladivo, than descend into the George Škrbina and ascend to mountain Tegoška gora. After traverse Užnik, Macesje and other peaks, until you conquer the last peak in line – Košutnikov turn. Descend towards mountain pasture Dolga njiva and follow the “border guards” paths which leads back to Kofce. Round paths takes approximately 12 hours.