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Mountain Hike Stage 21

Via Dinarica HR-W-20 Gračac - Zrmanja - Krka

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  • Crnopac i Čardak
    / Crnopac i Čardak
    Photo: Radovan Milčić, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Čardak
    Photo: Radovan Milčić, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kameni monolit na Poštaku
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kameni monolit na Poštaku
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Kameni monolit na Poštaku
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Livade na Poštaku
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  • / Oklinak
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  • / Poštak
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, terra-dinarica-tourenerfassung
  • / Tremzina
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  • / Vrelo Zrmanje
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The area between the southern slopes of Velebit and the city of Knin has extremely low population density, and the key element of the route is the D1 state road leading from Gračac to Knin. The railway line Zagreb – Split runs parallel to the road, but there are no other longitudinal communications, in particular no walking or hiking trails that would enable a simple tour of this long section. Mountaineers of Zagreb have recorded the GPS trace and thus electronically "marked" the southernmost area of Velebit (east of Crnopac); however, exploring this barely passable area can only be recommended to very experienced hikers. Therefore, we recommend cycling as the best way to cover the section 55 kilometers long from Gračac to Knin. Using the railway line can also offer an interesting experience in this section of the trail.
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Distance 58.9 km
34:00 h
1,328 m
1,731 m
Particularly interesting sites in this section are the source of the Zrmanja River and the mountain of Poštak. Zrmanja springs from a source below a steep rock, immediately flowing as a big and powerful river. From the northwestern side, Poštak is capturing attention with its shape of a rocky cone rising out of rocky karst ground. However, from the southwestern side, one can see pretty clearly that the mountain is elongated and without a pronounced peak. On many maps, this mountain is marked as Kečina kosa, but hikers typically refer to it as Poštak. The mountain got this name [stemming from the Croatian word pošta denoting post] back in the times when post was exchanged below the mountain on the border between Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire. In addition to wide vistas that it offers, the mountain is also interesting in hiking terms due to a park of unusual natural sculptures at the base of its peek. There is only one access to the site – a pleasant and balanced ascent from the Zrmanja railway station, providing a nice opportunity for an excursion (two and a half hours of climbing).

In the area north of Knin, one interesting area is the hilly terrain around the village of Oton, with beautiful views of the mountain of Dinara.

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Alan Čaplar
Update: July 01, 2017
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1,166 m
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223 m
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Cerovačke špilje (634 m)
Coordinates:
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44.274699, 15.883145
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44°16'28.9"N 15°52'59.3"E
UTM
33T 570477 4902763
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Destination

Knin

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44.274699, 15.883145
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44°16'28.9"N 15°52'59.3"E
UTM
33T 570477 4902763
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Maxo Pl.
June 23, 2021 · Community
nice place for a timeout under the big bridge (photo from Lenka) at zrmanja river
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Photo: Maxo Pl., Community
Maruša Orel
June 23, 2021 · Community
Really loooong hike, mostly on the gravel and asphalt roads :S all the time on the sun, I was burning! Trail to Čardak: we wanted to avoid hiking on busy asphalt road so we went as is shown on 2 photos. Mostly nice gravel roads and small asphalt roads, we needed to hike a little bit on a unmowed grass and we came right in front of a farm, which was a little bit weird, but still much much better than asphalt road. Trail on Čardak well signed. To Oklinak we found few signes at the beginning and at the end, but between we didn't and needed to bushwhack. Descent from Oklinak: no trail, but it's nice to hike on grassy hills. Shortcut on 26,2km really overgrown with prickly bushes, so I don't know if it's really worth it. We slept next to the river, really nice place to camp (close to the house on the way to the source of Zrmanja), aprox km 27,6. River is first source for water in this stage, after that you cross the river few times, faucet with water in Zrmanja Vrelo. Nice to go to the source of Zrmanja. From here we followed the trail to 37,4km (nice gravel road). Here we couldn't find the trail any more (we went around the fence by the house as well) so we returned to 37,4km and took another gravel road that crosses the river. We continued hiking on small asphalt road to a church. Here we went back down to the river and crossed it. A little bit overgrown trail until 40km. Here we went back on the asphalt road, because they told us, that this shortcut that it's on the map doesn't exist. We walked just a little bit on busy asphalt road and then went left on small asphalt road. Under viaduct is a really nice place by the river for a break and refresh in the river. Then we decided to follow the main busy asphalt road to Knin. We didn't go to Mokro polje, because it is aprox 6km longer. At least there is a pedestrian pavement most of the time. Then we left main asphalt road and hiked on gravel road and small asphalt road in the way to Žagrović (google map recommended that way). Before serpentines to Knin you have a really nice trail to city, so you can avoid hiking on the main road (on the photo).
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When did you do this route? June 22, 2021
Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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Photo: Maruša Orel, Community
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Thomas Furter
September 11, 2020 · Community
Long road walk. We skipped the Oklinak because we missed the trail, but quit the main road after 16km from Gracac, returned to the road for a short part, before leaving again down to Zemanjo Vrelo. Don’t miss the spring before passing Zermanjo, real fresh water after how many days? After the village we followed the gravel road up to Pribudic (original VD would remain in the valley). We placed our tent shortly before Pribudic. In Bender the gravel road changes to a tarred road. The trail then soon returns back to the original VD gpx-trail.
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58.9 km
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34:00 h
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1,328 m
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1,731 m
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