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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
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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
1,528 m
358 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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Update: September 10, 2019
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1,528 m
Lowest point
358 m
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Crni Lug (360 m)
Coordinates:
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45.491054, 14.689738
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45°29'27.8"N 14°41'23.1"E
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33T 475756 5037549
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Gornje Jelenje

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45.491054, 14.689738
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45°29'27.8"N 14°41'23.1"E
UTM
33T 475756 5037549
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Jade Kandelaar
May 26, 2022 · Community
The climb to mount Rishnek is great. Not super difficult. The hut was closed, so we went down. The descent is really hard, there is no path, it was a little crazy. Although the map does not show any water, there are little streams further down the mountain. Also places to camp.
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Marion Du
May 06, 2022 · Community
We slept before Reznog at Robinzon camping (Hrib) that we clearly recommend ! (Even if it was officially closed when we got lost and ended up there). Mladen number : 00385912549537 The kuna river is amazing ! Then from Razlog tp Cerni Lug we were glad to hitch hike as it was asphalt road. We camp at the entrance of the nationam park (there is a camping but it was closed.. we asked to put the tznt for free near a "mini lake" it was ok Great walk up to Risnak ! Next night at Old Mum House. Cool wodden hut, very simple. Colf water but chimney in the hut ! 16€ the night + 11€ dinner. Super welcome from Bruna ! Despite language barrier, we could exchange and have very good time ! (Sms bruna if needed +385 98 614 324).
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When did you do this route? May 04, 2022
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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.9 km
Duration
10:00 h
Ascent
1,521 m
Descent
385 m
Highest point
1,528 m
Lowest point
358 m
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