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Via Dinarica HR-W-06 Strict nature reserve Bijele i Samarske stijene

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  • / Bijele stijene u magli
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  • / Biskupova kapa
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  • / Bjelolasica
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  • / Dolac s kapelicom
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  • / Matić - poljana
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  • / Piramida
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  • / Mountain hut Bijele stijene
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  • / Mountain hut Jančarica
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  • / Mountain hut Miroslav Hirtz
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  • / Mountain hut Ratkovo sklonište
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  • / Prsti
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  • / Samarske stijene
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  • / Tuk
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  • / U Ljuski
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  • / U Samarskim stijenama
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  • / Vidik sa Stepenice
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  • / Vrh Bijelih stijena i Prsti
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  • / Vrh Samarskoh stijena
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Kapela is a spacious mountain area at the southern end of the region of Gorski kotar, linking that area with Velebit and Lička Plješivica. This massif, 100 kilometers long, is characterized by high plateaus covered in forest and interspersed with meadows, almost impassable rocky terrain sections and pronounced peaks. Approximately in the middle of Kapela, the ancient Josephina Road linking the cities of Karlovac, Ogulin and Senj crosses over the mountain pass Vrh Kapele (884 m.a.s.l.), dividing the mountain into two parts similar in size: Velika Kapela and Mala Kapela. Only the area of Velika Kapela is interesting from a mountaineering point of view, since it includes all the highest peaks and several protected areas, the most important and most attractive among them being the protected area of Bijele stijene and Samarske stijene.
moderate
18.8 km
10:00 h
808 m
330 m
The area of Samarske stijene includes two independent groups of rocks, their whiteness standing out in the forest cover that surrounds them. It consists of approximately twenty solitary and white stone peaks separately pointing to the sky above the forest. The site of Bijele stijene is also a genuine gallery of karst forms: everywhere around, there are numerous, vertical, white, approximately fifty meters high pointed rocks in the terrain, with deep impassable sinkholes and swallow holes hidden in between. This ridge and its rocky peaks are well known to hikers despite being difficult to pass. However, below the ridge, in particular in the wild labyrinth of forest and karst at the southwestern side, there are still parts that are completely unexplored. The spreading of the orographic axis of Bijele stijene, 4 kilometers long, corresponds to the spreading of the Dinarides, but the area of Bijele stijene is divided by tectonic cracks and separated into individual groups due to karst processes. The area of Bijele stijene and Samarske stijene is protected as a strict nature reserve.

South of Mrkopalj and Tuk, there is a large uninhabited forest area. Hikers therefore need to bear in mind the fact that there are no supply options for the next 40 to 50 kilometers of the route (all the way to the villages in the hinterland of the city of Senj). From Tuk, hiking trail markings across Matić poljana follow a wide gravel road called Begova staza for two to three hours. After that, soon after the forest ranger station at Plana, a climb begins (to the right of the road) towards the peak of Samarske stijene. There is also an easier access to Samarske stijene. This access route begins slightly farther away along Begova staza, at the locality called "the 13th kilometer" with a small widening where one can park a car. In the area of Samarske stijene, the simplest passage is along the forest path from the peak of Samarske stijene towards Ratkovo sklonište (an original wooden mountain shelter located in a semi-cave below a vertical rock).

The areas of Samarske stijene and Bijele stijene are linked by an attractive yet demanding hiking trail called Vihoraški put, taking 3 to 4 hours of hiking. Vihoraški put is a marked path leading through pristine wilderness and very difficult terrain, so it is extraordinarily challenging and hard. The route is partly secured, and a tour of this trail is recommended only for experienced mountaineers. Vihoraški put begins as a trail branch that departs from the hiking trail leading from the "13th kilometer" towards Ratkovo sklonište in the area of Samarske stijene.

Hikers who do not wish to take the trail Vihoraški put should return to the trail Begova staza and continue along it for 4 kilometers to the starting point of a climb to Bijele stijene. It takes approximately 50 minutes of hiking to climb from Begova staza to the mountain hut Dragutin Hirc at Bijele stijene. The area of Bijele stijene provides opportunities for various loop tours of the rocks themselves; however, it is worth bearing in mind that some routes are demanding (e.g. routes leading to the highest peak of Bijele stijene).

 

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Updated: August 03, 2016
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
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Highest point
1355 m
Lowest point
877 m
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Start

Tuk (877 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.295341, 14.884054
DMS
45°17'43.2"N 14°53'02.6"E
UTM
33T 490908 5015766
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Destination

Mountain hut Dragutin Hirc

Turn-by-turn directions

South of Mrkopalj and Tuk, there is a large uninhabited forest area. Hikers therefore need to bear in mind the fact that there are no supply options for the next 40 to 50 kilometers of the route (all the way to the villages in the hinterland of the city of Senj). From Tuk, hiking trail markings across Matić poljana follow a wide gravel road called Begova staza for two to three hours. After that, soon after the forest ranger station at Plana, a climb begins (to the right of the road) towards the peak of Samarske stijene. There is also an easier access to Samarske stijene. This access route begins slightly farther away along Begova staza, at the locality called "the 13th kilometer" with a small widening where one can park a car. In the area of Samarske stijene, the simplest passage is along the forest path from the peak of Samarske stijene towards Ratkovo sklonište (an original wooden mountain shelter located in a semi-cave below a vertical rock).

The areas of Samarske stijene and Bijele stijene are linked by an attractive yet demanding hiking trail called Vihoraški put, taking 3 to 4 hours of hiking. Vihoraški put is a marked path leading through pristine wilderness and very difficult terrain, so it is extraordinarily challenging and hard. The route is partly secured, and a tour of this trail is recommended only for experienced mountaineers. Vihoraški put begins as a trail branch that departs from the hiking trail leading from the "13th kilometer" towards Ratkovo sklonište in the area of Samarske stijene.

Hikers who do not wish to take the trail Vihoraški put should return to the trail Begova staza and continue along it for 4 kilometers to the starting point of a climb to Bijele stijene. It takes approximately 50 minutes of hiking to climb from Begova staza to the mountain hut Dragutin Hirc at Bijele stijene. The area of Bijele stijene provides opportunities for various loop tours of the rocks themselves; however, it is worth bearing in mind that some routes are demanding (e.g. routes leading to the highest peak of Bijele stijene).

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Coordinates

DD
45.295341, 14.884054
DMS
45°17'43.2"N 14°53'02.6"E
UTM
33T 490908 5015766
w3w 
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Thomas Furter
August 31, 2020 · Community
The nature reserve Bijele und Samarske stijene is really awesome! The first 500m entering the park are overgrown but the rest of the trail until Hirtz hut is a real pleasure, hiking, climbing and great views. But its definitely too dangerous while rainy wheather. Water was available at Hirtz hut but both huts were closed. The new shelter next to the Hirtz hut was not finished yet, but it seems that it will open this year. We decided to descent after Hirtz to gravel road, due to negative trail conditions.
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Frantisek Kalab
August 10, 2020 · Community
This is a really beautiful part! First a nice valley and then very charming hike to Bijele stjene, which was def a highlight. After the Hirz hut the trail is overgrown but well marked. There’s water at a well down in the valley, a pump at Ratkovo skloniste worked and the hut was open. Close to the Hirz hut a new public shelter (where the old one used to be) is being built — for the next season or maybe later in the year that will really be something to look forward to. There’s a well and plenty of space to pitch a tent as well. Plan with slow progress and a bit of climbing from Ratkovo to Hirz. It took me about 7h from Tuk to Hirz and it’s only around 13km. Would avoid this part on a rainy day since the rock can get really slippery, or plan more time and caution if you have to go in bad weather.
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Done at August 07, 2020
Photo: Frantisek Kalab, Community
Photo: Frantisek Kalab, Community
Photo: Frantisek Kalab, Community
Elina Mattila
July 01, 2018 · Community
Easy, pleasant hike along Begova Staza. Heard there was water in Ratkovo but didn't check. If you want to avoid the Vihoraški put, go back to Begova Staza and do NOT take the first access from the road to Bijele Stijene. Steep uphill for over an hour and the way around the peak is still very difficult. Walk a little further for an easy 20 min walk up. Dragutin Hirc is 70 kuna for the night, Miroslav hut is right next to it behind some trees, open and free. Water in a covered well or drinking water in Dragutin Hirc and an outhouse.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
18.8 km
Duration
10:00h
Ascent
808 m
Descent
330 m
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