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Via Dinarica HR-W-03 Nacionalni park Risnjak

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  • Greben Risnjaka sa Schlosserovim domom
    / Greben Risnjaka sa Schlosserovim domom
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Klek s Risnjaka
    Photo: HPD Jastrebarsko, Via Dinarica
  • / Lazac
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Medvjeđa vrata
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  • / Na vrhu Risnjaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Mountain hut Schlosserov dom
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Put kroz šumu na Risnjaku
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Putokaz na Griču
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  • / Stijena Risnjaka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Stijena Risnjaka i Schlosserov dom
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Svitanje na Risnjaku
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Ulaz u NP Risnjak
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Vidik s Risnjaka na Schlosserov dom
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Vrh Risnjaka
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  • / Zima u Gorskom kotaru
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / The hut
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Risnjak has a dominant position at the western end of the region of Gorski kotar, rising from the plateau of Gorski kotar as the final high peak, just before that plateau suddenly starts descending towards the bay of Rijeka in the region of Hrvatsko primorje. The rocky peak area of Risnjak represents a karst phenomenon in itself, and the slopes of that peak area are covered in ancient wide forests, with numerous meadows in the lower sections. Due to its specific position and exposure to both marine and continental influences, the entire area of Risnjak is marked by rich and diverse flora and interesting animal world. Together with Snježnik on the western side and the source of the Kupa River on the eastern side, Risnjak is protected as a national park.
moderate
Distance 22.9 km
10:00 h
1,521 m
385 m

The ridge of Risnjak is spreading in the same direction as the Dinarides. The peak area is recognizable from far away, due to the rocky peaks of Veliki Risnjak and Mali Risnjak, separated by a mountain pass with a mountain hut. On the western side, the ridge of Risnjak is separated from Snježnik by a valley deeply cut into the terrain, with a forest road that leads from Gornje Jelenje towards Gerovo, passing through it. This road is quite useful to hikers, as it provides the shortest access to the peak area of Risnjak. On the eastern side, the slopes of Risnjak descend rather more mildly to Crni Lug.

There are several well maintained hiking trails that lead from Crni Lug to the peak area of Risnjak. All these trails take hikers through forests and cover a substantial elevation difference; however, orientation along these trails is not difficult. The most frequently used trail is the so-called Horvat Trail (Horvatova staza) – named after a mountaineer, botanist and researcher Ivo Horvat. Some 3 to 4 hours of hiking are needed to climb from Crni Lug to Risnjak in summer conditions.

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Author
Alan Čaplar
Update: September 10, 2019
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,528 m
Lowest point
358 m
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Start

Crni Lug (360 m)
Coordinates:
DD
45.491054, 14.689738
DMS
45°29'27.8"N 14°41'23.1"E
UTM
33T 475756 5037549
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Destination

Gornje Jelenje

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
45.491054, 14.689738
DMS
45°29'27.8"N 14°41'23.1"E
UTM
33T 475756 5037549
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Rating

3.5
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Sven Nit
August 31, 2021 · Community
Schlosserov is open again. Call in advance! Trail I'm NP is really beautiful. Rest is ok
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Maruša Orel
May 25, 2021 · Community
A lot of walk on gravel and asphalt roads to Crni lug :S :( Hut on Risnjak is closed, but they are cleaning it and planning to open it soon. I really like the trail from hut to Veliki Risnjak, it's a bit rocky. Be very carefull because there are a lot of mouses and they carry deseases. They told me that is better not to sit or lay on the ground.
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When did you do this route? May 26, 2021
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Thomas Furter
August 26, 2020 · Community
After a 12km road walk from Razloge to Crni Lug you will have a pretty nice uphill to the Risnjak. Unfortunately the hut up on the top is still closed, because they havent‘ found a hut keeper (statement from a park ranger). Therefore we stayed in the Camp at Bela Vodica. This fact will extend the next stage to Lic with around 3 hours and ypu have to wear water for the next 40km!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.9 km
Duration
10:00 h
Ascent
1,521 m
Descent
385 m
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