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Via Dinarica HR-W-05 Fužine - Mrkopalj

· 3 reviews · Mountain Hike · Croatia
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  • Bitoraj s Ličkog polja
    / Bitoraj s Ličkog polja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Čelimbasa i Maj vrh
    / Čelimbasa i Maj vrh
    Photo: Stanislav Horaček, Terra Dinarica
  • Čelimbaša
    / Čelimbaša
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kobiljak i Viševica s Medviđaka
    / Kobiljak i Viševica s Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kobiljak s Ličkog polja
    / Kobiljak s Ličkog polja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kobiljak s uspona na Medviđak
    / Kobiljak s uspona na Medviđak
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Mrkopalj
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Mrkopalj
    Photo: Stanislav Horaček, Terra Dinarica
  • / Na vrhu Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Moutain hut Bijele stijene
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Putokaz pod Viševicom
    Photo: Mario Žuti, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vidik od Sungera prema Risnjaku
    Photo: Stanislav Horaček, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vidik s Bitoraja
    Photo: Maggy Kos, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vidik s Kobiljaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vrh Bitoraja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vrh Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Vrh Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • / Željeznička stanica Drivenik s Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
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The area between Fužine and Mrkopalj is mountainous terrain covered in forest and dominated by the mountains of Viševica and Bitoraj. These mountains are in fact one mountain unit that is only partly separated by a forested valley at high elevation. Like all other ridges of Kapela and Gorski kotar, the consecutive ridges of Bitoraj and Viševica spread in the same northwest to southeast direction as the Dinarides, in the form of an elongated range with two slopes.
moderate
31.5 km
11:00 h
1330 m
1158 m
The littoral slope steeply descends to Ličko polje, while the continental slope descends somewhat more mildly to the area of Sunger and Mrkopalj. Viševica has a conical peak, while Bitoraj has an elongated mountain ridge called Piršova kosa, covered in forest and without a clearly visible peak. Due to frequent and strong bora wind, Bitoraj is also known as Burni Bitoraj ("Bora Bitoraj"). Unique characteristic of this mountain are numerous stone shapes hidden in the forest. On the other hand, the impressive conical peak of Viševica is clearly visible from far away, and it represents one of the most beautiful viewpoints of Gorski kotar, given the width and beauty of the view it provides. The peaks of Viševica and Bitoraj are 4 kilometers apart, separated by the pass of Javorje.

There are no settlements in the zone between Fužine and Vrata to the north and Sunger and Mrkopalj to the east, so the White Line takes hikers through a solitary forest area. It is best to start the climb to Bitoraj from Vrata, where there is a railway station. A marked trail leads from the railway station towards Bitoraj, branching into several trail options (taking 2.5 to 3 hours). One good access route is also available from Lič – a settlement south of Fužine – along the Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail. The trails from Vrata and from Lič meet on the mountain pass of Javorje below the peak of Bitoraj. Not far from the peak of Bitoraj, there is a simple mountain shelter. From the peak of Bitoraj onwards, the White Line of Via Dinarica continues along the Gorski Kotar Hiking Trail towards the peak of Čelimbaša above Mrkopaljsko polje. There is a ski slope on that peak, and also a permanently open mountain lodge Bijele stijene nearby, in the village of Tuk.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: August 03, 2016

Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1428 m
Lowest point
698 m
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Start

Lič / Fužine (709 m)
Coordinates:
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45.279053, 14.719150
UTM
33T 477972 5013988

Destination

Tuk

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Elina Mattila
July 01, 2018 · Community
The trail down from Viševica is confusing - there is one clear trail, but the GPS track follows another, non existent trail. Water in a covered well approx. 40 mins from Viševica next to the forest road. Hut in Bitoraj open but is full of tools, still space to sleep on the floor. Open vat to collect rain water so if it has rained, there's probably water. Some confusing parts in the forest sections. In one part, trail seems to go uphill under a fallen tree, but the real trail continues straight. Trail on Celembasa pure bushwhacking. Hut in Tuk excellent, 75 kuna for the night.
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Lenka Syrovatkova
June 14, 2017 · Community
Visevica is worth visiting, nice views of sea and mountains. Count with slow progress on trail (dense bush), but on forest roads it is a quick hike. We found water in 2 wells/ cisterns - one in Javorje seems to be always open, second on the forest road east of Visevica. There is nice shelter for sitting on Celimbasa (also sleeping), from there you can get quickly to Mrkopalj via steep descent under skilift. Good for resupply and a coffee. Pl. Dom u Tuku - they accommodate you after 7 pm, cold shower, very cheap, very nice place. Don't count on food there, they don't cook regularly.
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Photo: Lenka Syrovatkova, Community
View from Visevica
Photo: Lenka Syrovatkova, Community
Claire Leenen
June 15, 2016 · Community
Trail after the crossing to VF Bitorajka is overgrown. There's some very old marking. Propobly not used very often. I believe it might it is also be possible to hike from Vrata, close to Fužine after a zero (for thru-hikers), up to Bitorajka. This saves a lot of km's.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
31.5 km
Duration
11:00 h
Ascent
1330 m
Descent
1158 m
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