Petrova pot je dobila ime po domačinu Petru Novaku. Rojen je bil 22. februarja 1846 fužinarju Janezu Novaku in Mariji Šušteršič v hiši pri Plutu. Gimnazijo je končal v Trstu, od leta 1868 pa je študiral na Filozofski fakulteti na Dunaju. Pozneje je bil na Dunaju profesor na Terezijanišču, ker je tam učil tudi grščino, so mu rekli tudi »ta grški stric«. Na Dunaju je v okviru tamkajšnjega društva podpiral slovenske visokošolce, pri čemer mu je pomagala žena Marija, roj. Noe, po rodu Dunajčanka. Radodaren je bil tudi v domačih krajih, radovljiški podružnici Slovenskega planinskega društva je prispeval denarni znesek za gradnjo nove brvi čez Savo leta 1901, sam pa se je lotil tudi ureditve drugih poti. Čeprav je bil tudi lovec, je živali raje opazoval. Po upokojitvi je z ženo živel v Kamni Gorici do svoje smrti 12. septembra 1910. Bil je lastnik hiše pri Puleju, zato so ga klicali tudi »Pulejev Peter«. Pokopan je v Kamni Gorici, na spomeniku je zapisano, da je bil »pokojnik vzoren rodoljub, izpolnila se mu je želja, da v zemlji domači mu truplo leži«. Župnik je ob njegovi smrti zapisal, da je »bil velik čudak, da se je nosil po kmečko in je vedno kaka pota popravljal.«
Peter's Trail is named after the local Kamna Gorica resident Peter Novak. He was born on 22 February 1846 to the ironworkers Janez Novak and Maria Šušteršič in Kamna Gorica. He attended secondary school in Trieste then in 1868 went to Vienna to study at the Faculty of Philosophy. He later became a professor in Theresianum in Vienna; as he taught Greek there, he was known as ‘the Greek uncle'. In Vienna, through the society there, he was a supporter of Slovenian higher education, aided by his wife Marija (nee Noe), Viennese by birth. Novak was also generous locally; he contributed money to the Radovljica branch of the Slovenian Alpine Society for the construction of a new footbridge across the Sava river in 1901, and also set about landscaping other trails by himself. Although he was a hunter, he preferred observing animals. Following his retirement, Novak lived with his wife in Kamna Gorica until his death on 12 September 1910. He was the owner of the house pri Puleju, therefore he was also known as ‘Pulej's Peter'. Peter Novak is buried in Kamna Gorica, and his headstone reads that ‘the deceased was an exemplary patriot, and he fulfilled his wish for his body to be buried at home.' Upon his death, the parish priest wrote that ‘he was a real character, as he dressed like a peasant and was always repairing some kind of trail.'