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Via Dinarica HR-W-16 Southern Velebit (III) – route to Struge

2 Mountain Hike • Croatia
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Terra Dinarica
  • Badanj iznad Struga
    / Badanj iznad Struga
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Bunar Marasovac
    / Bunar Marasovac
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Gospa od Rujna
    / Gospa od Rujna
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kamena galerija
    / Kamena galerija
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Planinarsko sklonište Struge
    / Planinarsko sklonište Struge
    Photo: Dean Jurčić, Terra Dinarica
  • Stapina
    / Stapina
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Stijene u Bojnicu
    / Stijene u Bojnicu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veliko Rujno
    / Veliko Rujno
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veliko Rujno s Bojinog kuka
    / Veliko Rujno s Bojinog kuka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vidik s podnožja Bojinog kuka prema jugu
    / Vidik s podnožja Bojinog kuka prema jugu
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
Map / Via Dinarica HR-W-16 Southern Velebit (III) – route to Struge
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The area between Visočica and the peaks above Paklenica is not characterized by high peaks, and the key hiking destinations are oriented to the coastal side of the mountain. This is karst terrain, with an interesting series of several spacious karst valleys with virgin forests and large fields where the locals kept their livestock during the summer period until the second half of the 20th century.
medium
17.9 km
10:00 h
1127 m
536 m
In this large karst area, particularly beautiful is the wider area around the karst valley of Stap, with the mountain shelter Tatekova koliba. Right above Stap, we come across kamen Čučavac – a stone that represents a genuine miracle of static stability – and the rocky peak Debeli kuk. South of Stap, one prominent peak is Stapina. With its unique and recognizable shape, it attracts the attention of observers from far away, resembling an impressive natural skyscraper from up close. The so-called Kamena galerija (Stone Gallery) in the area is a very picturesque phenomenon, resembling a labyrinth of rocks. This is where Slavko Tomerlin, better known as Tatek – a renowned mountaineer from Zadar – prepared a demanding but very attractive loop trail for hiking through the rocks.

The section of Via Dinarica from Stap to Struge overlaps with the route of the Velebit Hiking Trail, so orientation is not difficult. From the karst valley of Stap, the route first ascends to the base of the picturesque rocky peak of Stapina. Behind it, to the left, there is a trail branch leading from the Velebit Hiking Trail to the Stone Gallery. This magnificent rocky labyrinth can be visited along an attractive but demanding hiking trail in the shape of number eight. The Velebit Hiking Trail continues southwards, to the wide plateau of Malo Rujno, and then also to the plateau of Veliko Rujno with a chapel in the middle of the plateau. From the edge of Veliko Rujno, the trail starts ascending through the forest towards the pass of Buljma and towards the plateau of Struge, where there is a mountain shelter of Zadar mountaineers. It takes 7 to 8 hours of hiking to pass the section from Stap to Struge.

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Alan Čaplar
Updated: 2016-08-03

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Mountain hut Tatekova koliba na Stapu (867 m)
Coordinates:
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44.408403 N 15.318818 E
UTM
33T 525384 4917284

Destination

Mountain hut Struge

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Comments and ratings (2)

BJ Romines
2016-09-27
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Eva Smeele
2016-09-21
Loved the "polje" Velike Rujno and Stapina is lovely. Struge is a popular place, many people there, but still (or because of that) a great place. Water is 20 a minute walk though.
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
17.9 km
Duration
10:00 h
Ascent
1127 m
Descent
536 m
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