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Via Dinarica HR-W-13 Dabri and Dabarski kukovi

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Unlike the section of central Velebit to the north, which is higher, but also characterized by grassland peaks with gentle terrain, the continuation of this ridge from Bačić kuk to Ljubičko brdo above Oštarije is completely different. Here, as in no other place in the area, we come across an orderly series of white limestone peaks, extending parallel with the Adriatic coast towards the southeast for almost 10 kilometers, rising out of the green forest cover and grassland karst valleys. The most prominent of these peaks are Bačić kuk, Kukaline, Butinovača, Kiza, Grabar and Ljubičko brdo. Along their northeastern base, we come across a series of wide karst depressions, with three most impressive among them known as dabri (Crni dabar, Ravni dabar and Došen dabar). The fourth prominent depression is known as Bačić duliba, and the fifth as Crna duliba. Unlike other rocky peaks of Velebit, the series of peaks known as Dabarski kukovi did not have a joint name for a long time; instead, they were eventually named by hikers, after the three prominent depressions at their base. A longitudinal tour of Dabarski kukovi is a true climbing achievement, although some ridges of Dabarski kukovi do have mountaineering markings.
moderate
Distance 17.1 km
9:00 h
814 m
858 m
1,317 m
731 m

On the way from Skorpovac to Baške Oštarije, we will continue following the Premužić Trail (4-5 hours of hiking); however, an interesting option is to take a tour of the marked hiking trails leading through the area of dabri (Došen dabar, Ravni dabar, Crni dabar), by using the markings of the Velebno Hiking Trail. From Skorpovac onwards, the Premužić Trail continues straight for one hour and a half of hiking to the base of the peak of Visibaba, along the terrain with increasingly prominent karst characteristics, but still largely covered in forest. Soon after Skorpovac, at the pass called Skorpovački prijevoj, the Premužić Trail is intersected by a gravel road, with a trail towards Velinac branching from it to the right (50 minutes of hiking). Below Visibaba, to the left, there is a steep trail branching towards Bačić kosa (20 minutes of hiking); from there, we can continue either towards Bačić kuk or towards Visibaba. Continuing along the Premužić Trail, we reach the pass of Dabarska kosa in 20 minutes of hiking, where we also come across a local road. From Dabarska kosa, we can take a marked trail to reach Ravni dabar and the mountain lodge of the same name in half an hour of hiking. If we continue along the Premužić Trail, on the other side of the road, we will get to Baške Oštarije in two hours and a half of hiking.

Baške Oštarije is a mountain settlement located on an important Velebit mountain pass with a road connecting the towns of Gospić and Karlobag. The mountain pass divides the central and the southern area of Velebit. Thanks to its accessibility, a range of interesting sites, Velebno Hotel and two mountain huts, the settlement of Baške Oštarije also serves as an excellent starting point for excursions to the peaks of Dabarski kukovi and to other peaks surrounding the picturesque field of Oštarijsko polje. The most interesting peaks of the area of Oštarije are Kiza, Ljubičko brdo and V. Sadikovac. However, the entire area has so many marked paths and trails with quite diverse levels of difficulty, that it is almost impossible to use all the hiking opportunities that the area provides. The mountain of Velebit is relatively narrow and low in this section; however, that in no way diminishes its attractiveness, since most peaks offer views of both the sea and the region of Lika in the hinterland.

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Update: September 10, 2019
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Dabarski kukovi (959 m)
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44.592224, 15.054266
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44°35'32.0"N 15°03'15.4"E
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33T 504307 4937654
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44.592224, 15.054266
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44°35'32.0"N 15°03'15.4"E
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33T 504307 4937654
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Laurie . 
August 01, 2022 · Community
Advice for this section would be to follow markings rather than GPS, although GPS is useful on some places when forest tracks have cut across path. Path ahead at Ripnovac no longer exists (we couldn't see it!) so just need to choose your route from there (a few options). Route from there fairly straight forward. Camped at Kamp Velebit. Great campsite with all the facilities you might want (washing, showers, wifi, raki!!). Campsite owner and team very friendly, and good on advice for next stage including water sources. They even picked up some groceries for us from Gospic. Decent cafe in Baske Ostarije and a cheese and yogurt shop, just behind the cafe (open 7am to 8pm everyday) - not to be missed!
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Marion Du
May 21, 2022 · Community
Combined stages. From Ogradenica to Baske Ostarije. Nice restaurant on the arrival, have it in mind :) (and shop to buy fresh cheese and yoghurt). We meet 5 snakes per day on average in Velebit including the poisonous ones. Slept in Camp Velebit. We went to Gospić (20km) to re-supply for the next 7 days. Easy hitchhike.
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Sven Nit
August 26, 2021 · Community
Walked from Oltarije (great place, good restaurant with rooms, could buy bread there, a cheese and yogurt shop and an amazing campsite with friendly people) to Ogradenica because trail was a bit short. Easy hiking on well marked trails
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.1 km
Duration
9:00 h
Ascent
814 m
Descent
858 m
Highest point
1,317 m
Lowest point
731 m
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