Kepa/Mittagskogel

Kepa/Mittagskogel, one of the highest roads of Slovenia

Kepa is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.145m (7,037ft) above the sea level, located in the Western Karawanks, on the border between Slovenia and Austria.

Kepa is the third highest peak in the Karawanks after Stol and Vrtača. Its steep northern face, resembling a rocky pyramid with a rounded summit is a landmark in Carinthia. It is best accessible from the village of Belca on the Slovene side. This forest dirt road, with a length of 8.1 km, from Belca to Kepa/Mittagskogel mountain on Slovenia/Austria border (actually road goes only until saddle at state border at about 1.600m) is one of the most spectacular dirt roads in Slovenia. It was built between the two World Wars. It’s one of the highest roads of the country.
The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. In any case, driving 4WD is recommended due to uneven surface. During and after a storm the road may be impassable, even with a four-wheel-drive vehicle and can easily get muddy if it rains making it challenging to get through.
Pic: Jörg Krug

 

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