Going Via Ferrata and Scrambling

Going Via Ferrata and scrambling are exciting ways to experience, enjoy and overcome exposed trails and rocky steep terrain without getting into the technicalities of climbing. For scrambling you will just need your hands and a pair of great hiking boots, but for Via Ferrata you will also need a Via Ferrata set (and know how to use it). Best Hiking will continuously post detailed descriptions of various Via Ferrata and scrambling routes, primarily in Europe, with attached GPS-routes. The GPS-routes can be downloaded for free and used for easier navigation with GPS devices (Garmin, Magellan, Satmap), Smartphones (app required) and certain hiking watches (Suunto, Garmin). Please note that some of the listed hiking trails require special equipment such as a via ferrata set, climbing harness, climbing helmet etc. You should also be comfortable with heights.

Note: Map markers show starting points of trails!

Via Ferrata and Scrambling Trails


Triglav Trail – Hiking the Alps

After executing six different hiking trips in the Alps, I decided it’s time to climb the highest mountain in the Julian Alps, Triglav with its 2864 meters. The mountain lies in the heart of the Julian Alps and is very popular but fairly technically challenging. However, Triglav offers several approach routes that differ by total distance,… Read More »

Triglav Trail - View from the top

Skuta Trail – Hiking the Alps

For the fifth hike of my “Hiking the Alps” tour I decided to climb the 2539 meters high Skuta which is a part of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps in northern Slovenia, close to the Austrian border. Skuta is the third highest peak of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps (after Grintovec and Jezerska Kocna) and thus offers a great… Read More »

Skuta Trail - View from the top

Krn Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing Begunjscica, Jof di Miezegnot and Cima del Cacciatore in the eastern part of the Alps, I decided to proceed my “Hiking the Alps” tour by climbing the 2245 meters high Krn. Krn is a very popular peak among hikers and mountaineers from Austria, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. It is a part of… Read More »

Krn Trail - While climbing you are surrounded by steep slopes

Cima del Cacciatore Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing Jof di Miezegnot from Valbruna village, I stayed the night in Tarvisio in order to climb the the 2074 meters high Cima del Cacciatore mountain with my girlfriend next day. I choose Cima del Cacciatore because the trail seemed less physically demanding than trails to other mountains of… Read More »

Cima del Cacciatore - The Summit is seen while traversing the ridge

Jof di Miezegnot Trail – Hiking the Alps

After climbing Slovenian Begunjscica in the eastern part of the Alps, I decided to continue my “Hiking the Alps” tour by climbing Jof di Miezegnot in north-eastern Italy. Jof di Miezegnot is a 2088 meters high mountain which lies in the heart of the Julian Alps and offers a great… Read More »

Jof di Miezegnot - Summit

Nanos Trail – Going Scrambling

Nanos is a small mountain in southwestern Slovenia, lodged in between northern Italy and Croatia, with several summits of which the highest is Plesa (1262 meters above sealevel). The great advantage of Nanos is that it is very easy to reach as the trans-European expressway E61 runs just below it and thus the mountain is… Read More »

Nanos Trail - Rocky Terrain

Gradiska Tura Trail – Going Via Ferrata

As a warm-up for my “Hiking the Alps” tour, I decided to do the Gradiska Tura route, which is an interesting and dynamic via ferrata trail in western Slovenia. Slovenia is a small Central European country which is bordered by Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, and it is here… Read More »

Gradiska Tura Trail - Starting point