Quick ascent to Hom and Osolnik
The route begins in the village of Sora located at the foot of the Polhov Gradec Hills between Medvode and Škofja Loka. There are a few smaller car parks in the village. The route first takes you along an asphalt road up the hill and past the Church of St. Stephen . After several hundreds of metres and the first left bend, turn right up the hill onto a marked forest path leading to Osolnik.
Persistently ascend along a winding marked path through generally beech forest and after about 20 minutes, you'll reach a ridge, where you'll notice the change in the forest. From the shady beech forest , , you come to a brighter thermophilus forest, where oaks, hornbeams and chestnuts prevail. The path becomes steeper again. Mind the path which branches off the more beaten path to the right, a bit steeper up the hill. This path will lead you to Hom (718 m), which is the first summit of today's trip. At the top of Hom, several trees have been cut down opening the view of the Sora Plain. From the top, continue along the ridge towards west. Make a gentle ascent along the marked path and follow the signs to Osolnik. You'll soon reach a macadam road. Continue along this road for a kilometre towards west. Below Osolnik, there's an intersection where you do turn neither left not right but go past the cross straight on up the hill onto a forest path. This will lead you past a partisan grave, and become steeper and steeper until, below the summit, you exit the forest, and there's the Church of St. Mohor and Fortunat and the summit of Osolnik (857 m). Take a short break to catch your breath and look around. The view is unforgettable , , . You can clearly see Škofja Loka on the north, and, all around, numerous pointed, forest overgrown summits of the Polhov Gradec Hills are boasting in all their beauty with plains and hill farms between them.
Along the ridges, hillsides and over summits to Grmada
You could enjoy this for a long time but the views from the other hills will be just as beautiful, so let's move on. The path leads you downhill to the Rožnik Tourist Farm , where you can try some homemade food (a bit further on, there's a log cabin called Osovnik, where you can do the same). The path meanders further down the hill to the saddle. Along a forest slope path, follow the signposts to a hut in Govejek (727 m), which you'll reach in about half an hour. After some rest and a snack at the Mihelčič or Craft Hut in Govejek, continue along the path towards southwest, and follow the signposts to Tošč and Grmada. Below the Gontar Mountains , the path ascends onto a ridge, along which you reach Veliki Babnik (905 m), which is the highest point of this route. As the forest is thinner and colourful , , the walk is very pleasant, and, in warmer months, you'll be able to see numerous flowers along the path. From Veliki Babnik, descend to pastures and the Kozjek Hill Farm and, where the forest path turns left, turn onto a sandy cart track and follow it along the hillside and ridge for a few kilometres. During the light stroll along the forest path, don't forget to follow the signposts to Gonte and Grmada at numerous intersections , . Along the way, you'll perhaps see one of the charcoal piles , which are still used by the locals to prepare charcoal the old-fashioned way. The procedure of charcoal preparation with several stages lasts about two months and, during this time, charcoal burners manage to get about 500 kilograms of charcoal from about 5 cubic metres of beech firewood. Before Mali Tošč, the path to the summit of nearby Tošč (1021 m) turns right, and, if you have enough strength left, you can ascend also this hill (it'll take you about half an hour to get there and return).
Continue along a winding sandy forest road , which slightly descends towards the Gonte Farm. At this open door farm, they'll be happy to offer you some homemade dishes.
After a short but somewhat steeper ascent , you'll climb to the summit of Grmada (899 m) from Gonte in a more mountaineering manner. From the summit, there's a magnificent view of the immediate and distant surroundings , , .
From Grmada towards Topol and further on to the valley
From Grmada, continue towards east and ascend along a marked winding path across the meadow and through the forest for about one hundred altitude metres. Then the path gently meanders along the ridge until, after about two kilometres, it joins the macadam road coming from Belo. After several hundreds of metres, you'll reach an asphalt road and find yourself in Topol with plenty of inns , , , and, of course, more lovely views of the valley. Continue through the village towards Katarina. Ahead is a short steep ascent along an asphalt road. Below the top of the slope, turn left, go past the inns (or don't past them) and along a sandy road on the west side of Rog (800 m) towards Brezovica, where a beautiful view of the summits of the Polhov Gradec Hills awaits. In Brezovica, you can check out the old but wonderfully restored Porenta Well . Then go past the homesteads , and ascend the last summit of this trip, Sv. Jakob (806 m), adorned by a neat church. Descend Sv. Jakob along a marked path between pastures and the forest until, at the foot of the hill, you reach an asphalt road leading to Tehovec. Keep left at the intersection, and go along the asphalt road towards the Church of St. Florian and past the memorial plaque, dedicated to hunting colleagues. The road leads downhill throughout. Walking on a hard surface might not be as pleasant as walking on a soft forest path, and perhaps it seems to be dragging on and on, but, yet again, you may be comforted by a beautiful view of the Ljubljana Basin , and encouraged by the fact that you've nearly reached the end of this route. A bit further on, go past an old granary at the last homestead in Tehovec and continue along the road towards Studenčice. Upon reaching the first houses, turn left onto a narrow asphalt road, which soon becomes a cart track. Go past the houses and pastures, follow the signposts to Sora along the marked path, and then, through the forest and along the paths, slowly descend to the Ločnica Valley. When you exit the forest at the bottom of the valley, you also reach the first houses in Sora. The bridge takes you onto a road, where you turn right, go past the Jezeršek House of Cuisine and voilà – you're on the very spot where you started the trip a 'few' hours ago.