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Via Dinarica HR-W-05 Fužine - Mrkopalj

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  • Bitoraj s Ličkog polja
    / Bitoraj s Ličkog polja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Čelimbasa i Maj vrh
    Photo: Stanislav Horaček, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Čelimbaša
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kobiljak i Viševica s Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kobiljak s Ličkog polja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kobiljak s uspona na Medviđak
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Mrkopalj
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Mrkopalj
    Photo: Stanislav Horaček, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Na vrhu Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Moutain hut Bijele stijene
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Putokaz pod Viševicom
    Photo: Mario Žuti, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vidik od Sungera prema Risnjaku
    Photo: Stanislav Horaček, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vidik s Bitoraja
    Photo: Maggy Kos, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vidik s Kobiljaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vrh Bitoraja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vrh Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Vrh Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Željeznička stanica Drivenik s Medviđaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
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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
Distance 31 km
11:00 h
1,357 m
1,189 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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Update: August 03, 2016
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Highest point
1,428 m
Lowest point
699 m
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Start

Lič / Fužine (709 m)
Coordinates:
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45.279053, 14.719150
DMS
45°16'44.6"N 14°43'08.9"E
UTM
33T 477972 5013988
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Destination

Tuk

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Coordinates

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45.279053, 14.719150
DMS
45°16'44.6"N 14°43'08.9"E
UTM
33T 477972 5013988
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Question from Burni Bitoraj · June 05, 2021 · Community
Molim autora članka neka krene označenom planinarskom stazom od Sungera preko Brestove Drage do nadstijene koja se nalazi u podnožju vrha Burnog Bitoraja 1385 m i onda neka napiše potpuni članak. Svakako treba naglasiti da je iz Fužina, Liča i Vrata trasiran put, ali zaobići informaciju da je najljepši dio Bitoraj pripada katastarskoj općini Sunger i da je najljepši pogled prema Bitoraju is područja Mrkoplja i Sungera to je samo copy paste nekih bivših informacija iz bivšeg sustava gdje se šalju informacije koje konstantno zaobilaze ovaj kraj koji uz to ima i pregršt drugih prirodnih ljepota među kojima je svakako crnogorična šuma Sungerski lug koja je prepuna bogatom florom i faunom i gdje je registrirana endemska bilja divlja kala i divlji Zmijinac.
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Sven Nit
August 31, 2021 · Community
Slept in Shelter Bitoraja, they are still renovating, electricity works already ans there is place to sleep. Remember to put som Kunas in the box. Took the Trail directly down to Fuzine, it's in good state and well marked.
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Maruša Orel
June 04, 2021 · Community
Trail in whole stage is pretty nice, not ovegrown and also signed quite good (sometimes you need a help from the app). I liked the view from Viševica and rocky peak of Vrh Bitoraja. Slept in a hut Bitorajka, which looks nice, you can see that they are renovating it. Some mouses during the night downstairs, so hang your food. Some parts you hike on gravel roads, but not too much. Water: well on 10,6km and in Javorje. Both full with water and without a bucket. Water looked cleaner in the first one, because is covered. There is also water in hut Bitorajka. Hut in Tuk Vojni was closed, but you can ask for water in the village or you can take it from the well in front of the hut. I slept in Matić poljana.
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When did you do this route? June 02, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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Frantisek Kalab
August 10, 2020 · Community
I went to Fuzine for a day off, it’s a little more expensive than I was expecting but it’s a nice town with everything including a pharmacy. Due to really bad weather and visibility I decided to take a detour under the mountains using existing roads and cycling paths. From Fuzine you can go to Vrata and follow a path along the railway to another road that leads to Brestova Draga. From there descent to Mrkopalj (has bars, post and shops) and continue to Tuk. People at the hut were very welcoming (no food tho), simple lodging for 75 kuna.
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When did you do this route? August 05, 2020
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
31 km
Duration
11:00 h
Ascent
1,357 m
Descent
1,189 m
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