Length 11.8 km
Time needed
Time needed 03:30
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 8 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 8 %
Average slope of the ascent: 7 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 3.20 km
The lowest point of the route: 529 m
The highest point of the route: 322 m
Difference in altitude: 431 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 3429 kJ (819 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 2814 kJ (672 kcal)
Difficulty: Medium demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

Several hours long forest route of mostly medium difficulty. Suitable especially for getting in top condition. There are not many views, except in the village of Rašica. The route is particularly attractive in autumn when Mother Nature presents us with an abundance of chestnuts. During mushroom season, mushroom pickers like to turn off the path and bring home many beautiful fruits.


Parkirišče ob Gameljski cesti – Straški hrib - Sračja dolina – vas Rašica -Pod Šitom – okoli Velikega vrha - Straški hrib - parkirišče ob Gameljski cesti

To begin with, let's go to Straški hrib Hill
The route starts at a small car park by Gameljska Road where there is enough room for a few cars . The car park is situated on the right side of the road which runs from Črnuče to Spodnje Gameljne, right behind power line corridor . Firstly, warm up by ascending to Štraški hrib along a marked forest trail. You have to follow the blazes since the slope is intertwined with forest cart tracks and paths. After arriving on Straški hrib, descend towards the pass where you come to the junction of forest trails which lead towards Spodnje Gameljne, Rašica and the Sračja dolina Valley .

Sračja dolina Valley (Magpie Valley)
At the junction turn right uphill and after a few metres ascend towards the Sračja dolina Valley along a wide forest trail in a long bend. You arrive to the pastures which are noticeable due to the fences right next to the path and, in grazing season, due to the sound of cowbells and curious look of their four-legged owners. Join the route from Pečale and turn left towards the Sračja dolina Valley. Walk in the company of two high-voltage power lines for a while . Almost 40 species of birds nest in the Sračja dolina Valley; therefore, selected bird singing will accompany you along this part of the route. Before the end of the Sračja dolina Valley leave the power line corridor and turn right at the junction of cart tracks and behind the edge of forests you will see the first houses of Rašica . The route which leads to Srednje Gameljne joins your route from the left. From here and to Rašica join the Path of Couriers and Operators which is marked with blue and yellow blazes and is the longest long-distance trail in Slovenia. The route is slowly becoming steeper up to the first meadows before the village where a beautiful view of Šmarna gora and the Škofja Loka Hills opens up. As you will easily notice along the route to the village, cattle farming is quite developed there . Just before arriving to the village of Rašica , the cart track is replaced by the asphalt road .

The village is not very large so you quickly find its centre. Go past the fire station and a large excursion farm to the Church of Holy Cross and the chapel . There is also an old fruit drying house, located quite unnoticeably next to the church . Rašica was the first Slovenian village, burned down by occupying forces in World War II. A monument , situated by the road to Spodnje Gameljne in the southern part of the village, commemorates this tragic event. A memorial plaque to the exiles is located on the wall of the fire station .

Towards the highest point of the route
After arriving to the chapel, continue straight up along Partizanska Route . Another two or three bends and you are at the edge of the village, where the cart track substitutes the asphalt. Go past the colourful bee house and ascend along meadows to the next crossroads. One last look back to the village and steep cliffs above it . A large part of the route will now run through the forest. You soon come to the junction and reach the highest point. The route which runs straight on leads you towards Vrh Staneta Kosca Hill. There is a viewing tower with beautiful views of the Ljubljana Basin, surrounding hills and mountains. Well, you will go there another time. A red sign on the tree reminds you that you are now on the section of Šmartno-Sava Route. Turn left onto the comfortable macadam road and descend slowly .

Around Veliki and Mali vrh hills and return to the valley
After approximately 200 metres you arrive to the next junction where you have to turn left towards Povodje. The right macadam road leads to Sela pri Vodicah.
You are still on the Šmartno-Sava Route . The forest macadam route now slowly descends. It takes 45 minutes of walking to get to the road from Gameljne to Rašica. There are not many views of the valley; however, a resident of the forest may unexpectedly make your hike more interesting . Before arriving to the asphalt Gameljne–Rašica road, cross the marked route to Vrh Staneta Kosca Hill from Srednje Gameljne . Past the car park along the forest macadam road and you come to the main road towards Gameljne. Turn right along the asphalt and carefully continue by the edge of the main road to the local board which marks the end of the village of Rašica. There turn left again from the main road to the cart track . Before the cart track, you can take a look at the information board which displays various routes in the surroundings of Rašica, Šmarna gora and the settlements below them . One last look at Rašica and then set out past the board , which directs you towards the Črnuče Bridge, into the forest that will accompany you until the starting point. Well, there is another power line corridor along the route which enables views of Gameljne, Šmartno and Šmarna gora . Follow the blazes until the end of the route. In between, ascend again along the familiar route towards Straški hrib and then finally descend to Gameljska Road.

Sračja dolina Valley (Magpie Valley)
The Sračja dolina Valley, also known as the valley of Črnušnjica, stretches along the Črnušnjica Stream on the hilly area of Rašica, southwest of Črnuče, and is the recreational area of Ljubljana as well as the area of valuable natural features. Due to intertwining of the marshy terrain and rich water network, the Sračja dolina Valley is an important ecological area on the regional scale and is also intended to be included in Rašica-Dobeno Landscape Park.
The Sračja dolina Valley is a wide flat valley that extends southeast from Rašica along the Črnušnjica Stream all the way to Črnuče. The valley was first carved by the Črnušnjica Stream; however, several streams later filled it up with their alluvia. During Ice Ages, the filling was reinforced, as solifluction and denudation of the surrounding hills were increased too. In the lower section of the valley, the Sava River probably dammed the valley with gravel in the geological past and a lake and later marshes probably emerged in the area of Gmajna. Layers of clay and peat started to accumulate. It could be concluded that the dam was created since the terrace where the centre of Črnuče and Stare Črnuče are located is gravel.
Due to the gentle slope, the valley is swampy; although, the Črnušnjica has up to this day excavated a deepened riverbed, almost 2 km long. In general, the stream beds in the lower part of the valley in the settlement of Gmajna drain the swampy ground.
In 2000, the inventory of fauna (stoneflies, caddisflies, dragonflies, butterflies, amphibians and birds) and vegetation was made, as well as the evaluation of environmental value of the 155 ha area. The Sračja dolina Valley proved as an important habitat of rare and endangered animal and plant species. 29 mostly swampy and wet habitats were recorded, which provide sanctuary for 272 species and subspecies of ferns and spermatophytes, 45 species of birds, 8 species of amphibians, 53 species of butterflies and 6 species of dragonflies. The Sračja dolina Valley is intended for the inclusion in Rašica-Dobeno Landscape Park.

The clustered village lies at the altitude of 430 metres on the sunny slope of the eponymous hill on the northern edge of the Ljubljana Basin. The village was first mentioned in 1260.
Rašica Hill is a solitary karst hill with the highest point of Vrh Staneta Kosca (641 m), named after the national hero Stane Kosec (1913-1941), a local from Rašica. A high metal viewing tower is situated at the top which offers a marvellous view in all directions, but the most beautiful is the one of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps. Just below the top there is the Mountain Hut of Rašiška četa (631 m), managed by the Rašica Mountaineering Society from Ljubljana-Šentvid.
Rašica was occupied by Germans in 1941. The villagers soon joined the national liberation movement. Already on 24 July 1941, Rašiška četa Company was established in the Rašica forests, operating all the way to Domžale, Kamnik and Kranj. The Partisan movement expanded to such an extent that Kamnik Battalion was established on Rašica on 17 August 1941. People of Rašica supported National Liberation War and thus the Germans burnt down the village on 20 September 1941 and deported its inhabitants. Rašica was thus the first Slovenian village to be burned down by the occupying forces. The monument on the hill above the road to Spodnje Gameljne at the beginning of the village commemorates this tragic event.
The village was renovated after the war and numerous new houses have been built recently. Most of the inhabitants are employed in Ljubljana, farmers are but scarce nowadays. The settlement and the top of Rašica are popular hiking destinations of citizens of Ljubljana.

Church of Holy Cross
The church was first mentioned in 1526. The original church, built in the Gothic style, was reconstructed in Baroque style in the 17th and 18th centuries. During World War I (in 1917), the church donated two church bells for military purposes, only the central bell from 1778, weighing 168 kg, remained. In 1924, the church received two new copper bells. In World War II, the church was together with the village burnt down by Germans, and was in ruins until its first renovation in 1968, only a bell tower remained. The bells were saved by the citizens of Dobeno who kept them until the renovation.
The church was finally renovated in 1989 of which testifies the copper plate in front of the church entrance.

Karst and caves on Rašica
There are nine registered karst caves in the area of Rašica but none of them is open to public. The total length of cave passages on Rašica is 319 metres and their total depth is 110 metres. Brezno 1 at Dovčar, which is also the largest and deepest cave in the municipality, stands out with its dimensions. The caves of Rašica host various animal species which are adopted to the environment with less light and stay in the underground most of their lives (cave spider) or which only occasionally live in caves (bats, cave crickets, snails, etc.).
Extensive and interesting expert material on the world of caves in the Municipality of Ljubljana, from which this information has been taken, was prepared in 2009 by the Cave Exploration Society of Ljubljana which in 2010 celebrated its 100th anniversary of continuous cave exploration.

Pri Španu Excursion Farm
The excursion farm in the very centre of the village of Rašica offers good and healthy food that city menus have seemed to forgotten about. They offer lunch, stews, žganci (hard-boiled corn or buckwheat mush), pork sausages (depending on the season), homemade bread, apple strudel, potice (nut rolls), doughnuts, etc. It is also possible to take a carriage ride.

Veliki Hong Kong Asian Restaurant
A renovated Asian restaurant with a large car park in the new surroundings on the left bank of the Sava River at the Črnuče Bridge. An obligatory stop for all lovers of Chinese cuisine.


Path of Couriers and Operators
A part of the route with the last power lines in the Sračja dolina Valley and below the village of Rašica coincides with the Path of Couriers and Operators. The Path of Couriers and Operators of Slovenian National Liberation Army is the longest and, according to many, one of the most beautiful Slovenian transversal trails. It commemorates the organisation of courier, telephone and radio connections in the National Liberation War of Slovenian nation between 1941 and 1945. It also pays tribute to the couriers and operators who then held an important function of transmitting and passing written, telephone and radio messages. It is a living monument to all who sacrificed their lives in performing those tasks.
The path runs along all Slovenian regions, from Prekmurje to Slovenian Istria, and is more than 1,000 km long.
The entre path is marked with blue and yellow blazes, nice sign posts and is described in the guidebook The Path of Couriers and Operators of National Liberation Army by Jože Dobnik. Whoever wishes to receive a souvenir badge for the walked path has to buy a journal and collect 88 control stamps.

Šmartno-Sava Route
Šmartno-Sava Route is a circular route that runs from Vikrče to Grmada and then along Vodice Route to Šmarna gora. It then continues through Debeli hrib, Mali vrh and Gobnik to Rašica. From Rašica, it descends to Srednje and Spodnje Gameljne and then continues along the Sava River to Tacen, past Tacen, along the other side of the Sava River to the hamlet of Na Rojah and to the settlement of Medno. There it joins the Ljubljana Youth Route which leads back to Vikrče.