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Via Dinarica HR-W-17 Nacionalni park Paklenica

2 Mountain Hike • Croatia
  • Babin vrh
    / Babin vrh
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Babin vrh sa Svetog brda
    / Babin vrh sa Svetog brda
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Križ na Svetom brdu
    / Križ na Svetom brdu
    Photo: Dean Jurčić, Terra Dinarica
  • Mala Paklenica
    / Mala Paklenica
    Photo: Martin Henc, Terra Dinarica
  • Mountain hut Ivine vodice
    / Mountain hut Ivine vodice
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mountain hut Vlaški grad
    / Mountain hut Vlaški grad
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Sveto brdo
    / Sveto brdo
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Uspon na Sveto brdo
    / Uspon na Sveto brdo
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vaganski vrh
    / Vaganski vrh
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vaganski vrh
    / Vaganski vrh
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Velika Paklenica s puta prema Buljmi
    / Velika Paklenica s puta prema Buljmi
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vlaški grad
    / Vlaški grad
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vrh Svetog brda
    / Vrh Svetog brda
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vršni dio Vaganskog vrha
    / Vršni dio Vaganskog vrha
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
Map / Via Dinarica HR-W-17 Nacionalni park Paklenica
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The area of Paklenica is one of the most interesting karst areas of Velebit and Croatia. At the base of the series of the highest peaks of Velebit, torrents have created two deep canyons representing a combination of longitudinal and deeply cut valleys in geomorphological terms. The most interesting sections are deeply cut areas of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, where creeks have created their beds penetrating through the rocks, some over 300 meters high. The longitudinal section 6 to 7 kilometers long, from Ivine vodice to the source of the creek of Brezimenjača, is located right below the highest peaks of Velebit that rise steeply from the valley for up to 1000 meters, creating series of sharp rocks in high elevations. On the side of the region of Lika, the mountain ridge also steeply rises along the line of the Velebit fault, with the field of Ličko polje spreading along it in the hinterland. Thanks to its extraordinary natural values, Paklenica has been declared a national park.
moderate
14.2 km
8:00 h
766 m
892 m
The area of Paklenica is one of the most interesting karst areas of Velebit and Croatia. At the base of the series of the highest peaks of Velebit, torrents have created two deep canyons representing a combination of longitudinal and deeply cut valleys in geomorphological terms. The most interesting sections are deeply cut areas of Velika Paklenica and Mala Paklenica, where creeks have created their beds penetrating through the rocks, some over 300 meters high. The longitudinal section 6 to 7 kilometers long, from Ivine vodice to the source of the creek of Brezimenjača, is located right below the highest peaks of Velebit that rise steeply from the valley for up to 1000 meters, creating series of sharp rocks in high elevations. On the side of the region of Lika, the mountain ridge also steeply rises along the line of the Velebit fault, with the field of Ličko polje spreading along it in the hinterland. Thanks to its extraordinary natural values, Paklenica has been declared a national park.

Paklenica is very popular among rock climbers, well known throughout Europe as one of the most beautiful European rock climbing sites, due to its pleasant climate, beautiful nature and diverse climbing opportunities.

The White Line of Via Dinarica follows the route of the Velebit Hiking Trail along the peak area of Velebit, via Vaganski vrh to Sveto brdo. From the Struge mountain shelter, we continue along the trail for 10 minutes until we reach the well of Marasovac. From there, we turn right to a marked trail leading uphill through rocky terrain and sparse thicket. The climb soon becomes steeper, remaining such to the mountain pass below Babin vrh. Going further, a well-trodden path leads through rocky area, around several deep karst depressions, and then to the ridge, where we finally get to Vaganski vrh. There is a longitudinal trail there, leading along the ridge and connecting all peaks, that serves as starting point for the final climb. The section from Struge to Vaganski vrh takes approximately 2 hours, and there are approximately 4 hours of hiking from Vaganski vrh to Sveto brdo, so the passage along the entire ridge between Struge and Sveto brdo represents a demanding full-day excursion. The path is poorly marked (with rare markings); however, orientation does not pose a difficulty in good weather conditions.

Proceeding to the southeast from Vaganski vrh, the trail steeply descends for 10 minutes of hiking to a flatter terrain. We can see Lipa staza to the right, leading towards Paklenica. We continue straight along the trail for further 15 minutes of hiking, until we reach a pass between the conical peak of Segestin (1715 m.a.s.l.) and Brundo (1710 m.a.s.l.). On the other side of the pass, the trail gradually ascends to the base of the conical peak of Malovan (1709 m.a.s.l.), and then descends across a small slope to the edge of the lake of Malovansko jezero (approx. 1600 m.a.s.l.), which is in fact a larger pond of water, sometimes even running dry in summer. Until livestock farming disappeared from Velebit in the mid-20th century, this pond served as valuable watering place for cattle. We continue further, to a place where the trail passes to the littoral side of the mountain, offering a remarkable view of the sea and of the area of Mala Paklenica. The trail then gradually descends to Čičina dolina along the terrain with more pronounced karst characteristics, to a mountain pass above a slope covered in grass. This is where we come across a marked path leading to Ivine vodice to the right, and a marked path leading to Bunovac to the left. Further on, the route takes us south, gradually ascending along karst and grassland terrain to a pass between Babin vrh (1744 m.a.s.l.) and a nameless peak 1583 meters high. On this spot, we can see the steep slope of Sveto brdo. To the right, we can see a marked path leading to Vlaški grad. Very quickly after that, a steep ascent follows along grassland terrain to the cross on the top of Sveto brdo.

From the peak of Sveto brdo, we descend to several available mountain shelters at the base of the peak, where overnight stay is possible. The available shelters are Vlaški grad, Ivine vodice, Zlatino sklonište at Libinje and a shelter at Dušice. All shelters offer only essential conditions for overnight stay, and they have no supplies.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: 2016-08-03

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Mounatain hut Struge (1410 m)
Coordinates:
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44.376399 N 15.466313 E
UTM
33T 537149 4913785

Destination

Mountain hut Vlaški grad

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Matthias Umpfenbach
2018-05-24 · Mountain Hike · Via Dinarica HR-W-17 Nacionalni park Paklenica, Croatia
1km from Struge is a spring with good water
Good water, may 2018
Good water, may 2018
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Eva Smeele
2016-09-21
Wooow, so great to be here! Vlaski Grad is not there anymore and also no water. Ivine Vodice is lovely though, water a bit red.. I filtered it, just in case.
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Claire Leenen
2016-07-25
This is a really nice trail. Well hikef and known, there's quite some other hikers out here in Paclenica. Thru-hikers might want to consider an alternate leaving Paklenica. The hike to Tuove Grede and from it to Gracac (next stages) is an exposed roadwalk and there's not much water out there.
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.2 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
766 m
Descent
892 m
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