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Mountain Hike

Via Dinarica HR-B-19 Southeastern area of Biokovo (Rilić)

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  • Baćinska jezera
    / Baćinska jezera
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Baćinska jezera
    / Baćinska jezera
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Biokovo sa Sutvida
    / Biokovo sa Sutvida
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Dolina Neretve
    / Dolina Neretve
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Drveničke stine
    / Drveničke stine
    Photo: Darko Kos, Terra Dinarica
  • Drveničke stine
    / Drveničke stine
    Photo: Vladimir Jagušić, Terra Dinarica
  • Grabovica iz starih Podaca
    / Grabovica iz starih Podaca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Greben Drveničkih stina
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Put na Drveničkim stinama
    Photo: Zdenko Kristijan, Terra Dinarica
  • / Put prema Svetom Iliji kod Gradca
    Photo: Ivica Kodžoman, Terra Dinarica
  • / Stijene Svetog Ilije kod Gradca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Strme padine Sutvida
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Sutvid
    Photo: Željko Vinković, Terra Dinarica
  • / Sutvid s kopnene strane
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Sutvid sa Sokolića
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Sveti Ilija s Baćinskih jezera
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Uspon na Drveničke stine
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vidik na Gradac s uspona na Vrijes (Vrisje)
    Photo: Josip Kocet, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vidik S Sutvida prema jugu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vidik sa Svetog Ilije kod Gradca prema Svetom Paškalu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vrh Sokolić
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vrh sveti Paškal
    Photo: Josip Kocet, Terra Dinarica
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Although it is lower and separated from the central part of Biokovo, the mountain of Rilić is a natural southeastern extension of Biokovo. The mountain of Rilić spreads along the same northwest to southeast axis along the Adriatic coast as the Dinarides. A particularly pronounced relief feature is a series of rocky peaks spreading in the immediate vicinity of the Adriatic coast like a stone wall, making this section of the Makarska riviera stunningly picturesque. In the interior part of the mountain, there are several mountain slopes that are not particularly high, but serve as excellent viewpoints.
moderate
55.2 km
25:00 h
1776 m
2511 m
Unfortunately, the markings of the longitudinal Biokovo Hiking Trail that once linked these areas are mostly neglected today, so the only currently passable routes in the southeastern area of Biokovo are old paths that served to connect the coast with the hinterland in ancient times. Some of these paths are also marked. One such path starts from Zaostrog and passes through the hamlet of Despot and across the hill of Rilić on the way to Vrgorac. Another path starts from Podaca and leads across a picturesque hamlet called Selo to Podačko polje on Biokovo. The third path from Brist and the fourth path from Grac take hikers to the abandoned hamlet of Grnčenik, while the fifth available path leads to Staševica. We need to take one of these paths to climb from Duga njiva to Drveničke stine (near the peak of Sokolić), and then we descend to the littoral side. What follows is a section leading towards Gradac, which takes us above the settlement along the base of rocky terrain, along old trails, mostly without elevation changes. From Sveti Ilija, we need to descend to Gradac. Since there is no longer an available path from this peak to the series of lakes called Baćinska jezera, we need to pass the section from Gradac to Baćinska jezera and Ploče via the Adriatic tourist road.

Despite the relatively modest elevations of the southeastern part of Biokovo, it is important to bear in mind that this area is rather difficult for hiking due to karst terrain and the absence of natural protection against the sun. During the summer heat, climbs should therefore be completely avoided, while also paying attention to the danger posed by horned vipers.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: August 03, 2016

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
773 m
Lowest point
1 m
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Start

Brikva (735 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
43.248151, 17.176227
UTM
33T 676667 4790671

Destination

Sutvid (iznad Živogošća)

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
55.2 km
Duration
25:00 h
Ascent
1776 m
Descent
2511 m
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