Another Cloudy Mountain Day
Trip Start Jun 08, 2010
79Trip End Aug 26, 2010
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As you can probably guess, today was all clouds, but at least there was no rain to speak of. I left Lake Bled and went one lake over to Lake Bohinj (Bohinjsko Jezero). Lake Bohinj is another large mountain lake, but much more rustic than Lake Bled. While Bled has been a center of tourism since the late 1800's, little development has been done around Lake Bohinj. There's just a few country hotels, a little camping, and a small church.
Accordingly, Lake Bohinj is known primarily for it's wilderness activities, and as a gateway for exploring Triglav National Park (Triglavski Narodni Park)
The tourist center had a few recommended hikes, and I started the morning with an easy trek up to the Savica Waterfall (Slap Savica). There were two parking lots with access to the fall. One at the base of the hill, and another about 3/4ths of the way up. I was feeling good, so I started at the bottom.
The path was wide, well marked, and ran along a small road for part of the trip. Unfortunately, this also made it fairly boring as it went through a few fields followed by an uninteresting section of forest. It didn't approach the river until it crossed it, at the edge of the upper parking lot. From there, the falls were accessed by a paved staircase. The waterfall itself was okay. It was tall and full of water from the recent rains, and I know poets have written about it, but I've seen a lot of waterfalls lately, so they've got to be something special to wow me at this point.
I returned to my car with plenty of time for another hike. My options were a stroll around the lake or a path along a mountain river. The lake path seemed rather tame, and recent experience has taught me I like walking alongside running water, so I chose the latter.
I was glad I did. It was much more entertaining than the morning hike, mostly because it was not well developed. The morning was a stroll. The afternoon was closer to a real hike
Despite the fact I enjoyed the hike, I didn't go all the way to the end of the trail (I think it is supposed to end at another waterfall), because the cartoon maps they give you at the tourist center aren't adequate for the task when combined with a dearth of guideposts. I came to a mountain road and a pension and couldn't figure out where I was supposed to go from there. A couple that had been following me kept going down the road, but I had no idea how much farther it was to the end of the trail, or if the road meant the trail had ended. I'm still not sure. I would have needed either a detailed hiking map or more hours in the day to make it to the waterfall.
At any rate, tomorrow, I think there will be more hiking. Although my legs aren't quite cooperating tonight, I'm sure they'll forgive me in the morning.