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Mountain Hike Stage

Via Dinarica HR-W-19 Crnopac

2 Mountain Hike • Croatia
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Terra Dinarica
  • Cerovačke špilje
    / Cerovačke špilje
    Photo: Boris Kristinić, Terra Dinarica
  • Cerovačke špilje
    / Cerovačke špilje
    Photo: Boris Kristinić, Terra Dinarica
  • Crnopac
    / Crnopac
    Photo: Željak Rotar, Terra Dinarica
  • Djed Mraz u Donjoj Cerovačkoj špilji
    / Djed Mraz u Donjoj Cerovačkoj špilji
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Kičma i Bili kuk
    / Kičma i Bili kuk
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Mali Bat
    / Mali Bat
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Među stijenama Crnopca
    / Među stijenama Crnopca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Stijene Bilog kuka
    / Stijene Bilog kuka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Veliki Bat
    / Veliki Bat
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • idik sa Crnopca
    / idik sa Crnopca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Vrh Crnopca
    / Vrh Crnopca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
  • Željeznički tunel kod Ceovačkih špilja
    / Željeznički tunel kod Ceovačkih špilja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Terra Dinarica
Map / Via Dinarica HR-W-19 Crnopac
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Crnopac is the southernmost section of Velebit, and also one of the mountain's most attractive parts. This terrain has very pronounced karst characteristics, and it is full of pits, deep dolines and steep cliffs – a true labyrinth of white rocky limestone peaks. This entire karst area is slightly separated from southern Velebit, thus providing wide views. The main ridge is predominantly covered in grass, spreading from northwest to southeast, marked by rocky peaks with strong karst characteristics. On the southern side of Crnopac, steep slopes tower above the canyon of Zrmanja. There are many caves and pits in the area of Crnopac. In the peak area, many pits can be seen right next to marked trails, and one can even descend to some pits along marked access paths. On the northern slopes, we come across Cerovačke Caves and the longest cave system in the area of the Dinarides: Kita Gaćešina - Draženova puhaljka cave system.
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24.9 km
12:00 h
940 m
1071 m
All marked routes in the area of Crnopac are highly demanding and they require good fitness level and skill, even though the most challenging parts are secured by wire cables, pitons and ladders. The main starting point for all the tours is the Crnopac mountain shelter. There are two marked approaches to the peak of Crnopac. The first approach begins on a branch of the road 200 meters from the tunnel, after the first bend towards Gračac. This approach leads straight to the peak (2 hours and 30 minutes of hiking), and then descends along difficult terrain to the shelter (2 to 3 hours of hiking). A much simpler access to the area of Crnopac is by using the forest road 800 meters before the tunnel, and then hiking through the forest to Crnopac mountain shelter. A demanding route to the peak is also available from the shelter (2 to 3 hours of hiking). The Little Prince Trail is a very attractive (but demanding!) trail also available in the area.

At this point, there is no suitable hiking trail that can be used to descend from the peak area of Crnopac towards Gračac and Cerovačke Caves. Therefore, the only solution is to return to the road on Prezid after a tour of Crnopac, and then take that road to descend to Gračac for supplies and accommodation.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Updated: 2016-08-03

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medium
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1402 m
542 m
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Start

Prezid (763 m)
Coordinates:
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44.253603 N 15.810671 E
UTM
33T 564717 4900360

Destination

Cerovačke špilje

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Comments and ratings (2)

Lenka Syrovatkova
2017-09-06
Wonderful Crnopac, area as well as hut. This is a must see and I believe still a hidden treasure of Velebit. Put Malog Princa is amazing, so many holes, various rock shapes,... We stayed there 2 nights so we could also explore Crnopac peak - this trail is bit more challenging and we returned back to the hut. Just be careful with water there, they have only rain water and there is not much rain... There are 2 water reservoirs and we panicked when the first one was empty and we had no idea about the second one. It is behind the hut.
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Put Malog Princa
Put Malog Princa
Photo: Lenka Syrovatkova, Community
Put Malog Princa
Put Malog Princa
Photo: Lenka Syrovatkova, Community
Hut from trail to Crnopac
Hut from trail to Crnopac
Photo: Lenka Syrovatkova, Community
Lovely hut
Lovely hut
Photo: Lenka Syrovatkova, Community

Eva Smeele
2016-08-31
Beautiful views, well marked and water at Skloniste Crnopac, super sweet hut!
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Difficulty
medium
Distance
24.9 km
Duration
12:00 h
Ascent
940 m
Descent
1071 m
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