Length 8.6 km
Time needed
Time needed 02:00
Največja strmina vzpona[%]
Greatest slope of the ascent: 9 %
Greatest slope of the descent: 8 %
Average slope of the ascent: 6 %
Length of ascents above 5%: 1.80 km
The lowest point of the route: 469 m
The highest point of the route: 301 m
Difference in altitude: 256 m
Poraba kalorij
Consumption of energy for men: 1959 kJ (468 kcal)
Consumption of energy for women: 1608 kJ (384 kcal)
Difficulty: Medium demanding
Quality of the surface
Quality of the surface: Mixture
Primerna obutev: Hiking boots
Short description

A classic afternoon trip along the edge of Ljubljana for quick regeneration of energy and escape from stressful everyday life. Meadows, fields and forests accompany you on the way and the singing birds as well. The Sračja dolina Valley (Magpie Valley) is named after magpies (keep an eye on your personal belongings) and the village of Rašica after crows. The name supposedly originated from Vranščica (Crow town) and was later formed into Raščica and finally to Rašica. Crows were supposed to dwell there and nest in the rocks above the village. Other forest animals might surprise you on the way as well.
The route is interesting and passable in all seasons, only in the winter when the snow is beaten and hard, special caution is required while descending from Straški vrh Hill into the valley.
Roads are asphalted in the area of Črnuče and Rašica; otherwise, the route runs along macadam and forest paths.
In some places, the route approaches or crosses high-voltage power-line corridors, which can be recognized by their buzzing sound.
You may also come across mountain bikers.


Črnuče – Sračja dolina – Vas Rašica – Straški vrh - Črnuče

The route starts at the beginning of Cesta v Pečale Road where an old hayrack can be seen [S01. Park the car at the car park next to the residential area. Walk the asphalted road to the last buildings at Cesta v Pečale Road, then the asphalt at the snack bar is replaced by the macadam road.

Sračja dolina Valley (Magpie Valley)
The flat path leads first through the forest where you cross a stream . Soon, a vast open space appears and a wide view of the Sračja dolina Valley opens up. Meadows can be seen, and two high-voltage power lines on the right that run along the Sračja dolina Valley . An Indian camp will surprise you there which, for some odd reason, chose its dwelling right under the power lines in this beautiful valley. There are meadows on the left which are replaced by enclosed pastures in the area where the path again runs in the shade of the trees. A warning from the owner of one of the pastures says: Beware of the bull. So avoid a possible crossing of the pasture. The route was not named so coincidentally. The census of birds in the Sračja dolina Valley reads that 39 different species of birds nest in the area and some of them nest and fly in the surrounding countryside. The enjoyable musical accompaniment is guaranteed on the way.
The path starts to ascend and the macadam is gradually replaced by a cart track. Before leaving the shade of the trees behind, you can hear a familiar buzzing of the power lines. When the view of the Sračja dolina Valley opens up again, the slope on the right greets you with two huge power lines . Cross them before the end of the Sračja dolina Valley where, at the edge of the forest, you can see the first houses in Rašica . At the end of the Sračja dolina Valley, another road joins from the left at the edge of the forest and leads towards Srednje Gameljne. From here to Rašica join the Path of Couriers and Operators which is one of the longest long-distance trails in Slovenia. The path is slowly becoming steep on the way to the first meadows before the village where a beautiful view of Šmarna gora and the Škofja Loka Hills opens up. Just before entering Rašica , the cart track is replaced by the asphalt road .

You are instantly in the centre of the village. Go past the fire station and a huge excursion farm to the Church of St. Cross and the chapel . Quite unnoticed next to the church is an old fruit drying house . The route ends in the crossroads of the asphalt road that leads to Spodnje Gameljne and the path that leads through the village towards Vrh Staneta Kosca Hill with an observation tower and a marvellous view of the Ljubljana Basin and surrounding hills and mountains. Unfortunately, a monument dedicated to the arson of Rašica, which was one of the first burnt down villages in World War II and a memorial plaque to the exiles are reminders of the horrors in Slovenian recent history. The monument is located at the road to Srednje Gameljne at the beginning of the village , and the memorial plaque is at the fire station in the village.

Upon the return to the valley
The path along the northern side of the fire station leads to the asphalted road which takes you to the eastern part of the village. At the end of the village, a plaque and a macadam path await , , . The route still runs across the fields, meadows and pastures, from where Šmarna gora and Škofja Loka hilltops can be observed for the last time, then the path turns to the forest where it branches and the macadam is replaced by the forest path. The left path goes to Trzin, but you follow the right ridge path which directs you (with blazes) over Straški vrh Hill to Črnuče. Stop by the commemorative monument to a fallen soldier who lies buried in the silence of the woods. When the path is covered with snow, caution is advised while descending to the valley to prevent an unfortunate slip. When you leave the forest, power lines appear in front of you and you have to pass them along the cart track and turn towards the first buildings in Črnuška gmajna Common. Below is Črnuška gmajna Common and in the distance the Ljubljana Basin, Golovec, Ljubljana Castle and Krim can be seen . Šmarna gora can be seen for the last time on the west. At the water tank along the road, just above the first houses, the cart track is replaced by the macadam road and then the asphalt in the settlement. Two or tree more streets to go before you reach the starting point.

The area of Črnuče has been populated since prehistoric times, because the forts were on Tabor Hill above the village of Rašica, and maybe even at Nadgorica and on Lačenberg Hill. The famous Amber Road from the Baltic to the Mediterranean run there. Črnuče, as an important transport location, was already known by the Romans who built a magnificent wooden bridge over the Sava River and a post station Savus Fluvius nearby. After the fall of the Roman Empire and the Migration Period, the town was mentioned as Zternutss in 1322, and instead of crossing the demolished bridge, the passengers crossed the Sava River by boat. The boats and the cart driving contributed to the fact that Črnuče never really turned into a rural settlement. The crossing of the Sava River was proved as an important military point, where legions of soldiers, defending the crossing, could be seen through the course of the history. Just remember Straški hrib Hill which is reminiscent of the French, bunkers from the time of the German and Italian occupation during World War II and finally the barricades during the Independence War in 1991. In the 1930s, industry started developing below Črnuče and caused the transformation of the village into the suburbs, as well as the migration of the newcomers, and the extension and development of the hamlets contributed to the development of Črnuče as it is known today.
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 one of the important ecological areas 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 Črnušnjica carved the valley first, but then the small streams with their alluvia filled it up. During Ice Ages, the filling was reinforced for the solifluction and denudation of the surrounding hills were reinforced too. In the lower section of the valley, the Sava River probably dammed the valley with gravel in the geological past and the lake or later marshes probably emerged in the area of Gmajna. Clay and peat started to accumulate. It could be concluded from the gravel structure of the terrace where the centre of Črnuče – Stare (Old) Črnuče is that this was truly the impoundment.
Due to the gentle slope, the valley is swampy, although, up to this day, the Črnušnjica has excavated a deepened riverbed, almost 2 km long. In general, the beds of the small streams in the lower part of the valley, in the Gmajna settlement, drain the swampy ground.
In 2000, an inventory of the fauna (stoneflies, caddisflies, dragonflies, butterflies, amphibians and birds) and vegetation were made including the evaluation of nature conservation value on the area of 155 ha. The Sračja dolina Valley proved as an important habitat of some 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 observation tower is at the top where a marvellous view in all directions opens up, 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 inhabitants soon joined the national liberation movement. Already on 24 July 1941, Rašiška četa Company was established, operating all the way to Domžale, Kamnik and Kranj. The Partisan movement broadened 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 the first Slovenian village to be burned by the occupying forces. The monument on the hill above the road towards Spodnje Gameljne at the beginning of the village testifies about the 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 St. Cross
The church was first mentioned in 1526. The original church, built in the Gothic style, was reconstructed in the 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 acquired two new copper bells. During World War II, the Germans burnt down the church together with the village, was and it remained in ruins until the first renovation in 1968; only the belfry was preserved. The bells were saved by the villagers of Dobeno who kept them until the renovation.
It was finally renovated in 1989 of which testifies the copper plate in front of the church entrance.

Cervantes Bar
Daily bar at the beginning of the route at Cesta v Pečale Road.

Panda Bar
Snack bar with a garden at the beginning of the macadam path to the Sračja dolina Valley .

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

Sweet Bar Sweetshop and Bistro
The sweetshop offers excellent desserts and homemade pastry. They also make cakes a la carte .

Papirus Pizza Restaurant
At Pot v Smrečje Road is a Pizza Restaurant with a rich offer of pizzas, pastas and delicious salads.

Path of Couriers and Operators
A part of the route below the last electrical lines in the Sračja dolina Valley and the village of Rašica coincides with the Path of Couriers and Operators of National Liberation Army of Slovenia. This is the longest route and according to many, one of the most beautiful Slovenian long-distance trails. It reminds of the courier, telephone and radio connections organisation in the National Liberation War between 1941 and 1945, as well as the couriers and signal troopers who carried out important missions, such as transmitting and delivering written, telephone and radio messages. The path is the living monument to all of those who lost their lives during these missions.
The path runs along entire Slovenia, from Prekmurje to Slovenian Istria in the range of more than 1000 km.
The entre path is marked with blue and yellow blazes, nice sign posts and 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.