Hiking in Slovenia
This ascent of Raduha (or if we're more precise, of Velika Raduha, since to the east is Mala Raduha, 30 metres lower) starts below planina Loka, where a mountain hut is situated. A forest road from Struga, a hamlet in the Upper Savinja Valley, will bring you to the alp.
You reach Struga most easily along the road leading from the Šentrupert exit on the Ljubljana – Maribor motorway towards the Logarska dolina valley. Those who come from western Slovenia and prefer to drive along narrow, but more picturesque roads can opt to travel via Gornji Grad (or along the still more adventurous macadam road over Kranjski Rak). In either case, some kilometres before reaching the village of Luče, you'll notice a signpost in Struga pointing towards Snežna jama (Snow Cave) under Raduha. Follow the signpost along a narrow asphalt road, which at first runs by the Dupljenik stream and then forks after the first uphill climb. Here turn off right (direction Raduha / Sneža jama) onto a forest road that brings you after 11 kilometres to the parking area below planina Loka. From this parking area to the hut on Loka you have about 15 minutes' ascent along a pleasant cart-track between sunny meadows on the alp.
In front of the hut on Loka signposts orientate you in three directions – waymarked paths lead towards Snežna jama, the summit of Raduha and the Durce saddle. The direct path to Raduha is naturally the shortest (so you'll meet most people here) but also the least picturesque … as in many other places in the Slovene mountains the majority of mountaineers in their charge for the summit therefore miss the beauty around them. Interestingly, the popularity of the route is reflected by the waymarks – those on the direct path to the summit are fresh and shining, while on the path to Durce you can hardly see some faded, reddish little circle. But not to worry – in snowless conditions the path is clearly visible, while crucial places are also well indicated.
Translated by Margaret Davis
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