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Via Dinarica HR-W-19 Crnopac

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  • Cerovačke špilje
    / Cerovačke špilje
    Photo: Boris Kristinić, Via Dinarica
  • / Cerovačke špilje
    Photo: Boris Kristinić, Via Dinarica
  • / Crnopac
    Photo: Željak Rotar, Via Dinarica
  • / Djed Mraz u Donjoj Cerovačkoj špilji
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Kičma i Bili kuk
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Mali Bat
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Među stijenama Crnopca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Stijene Bilog kuka
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Veliki Bat
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / idik sa Crnopca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Vrh Crnopca
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
  • / Željeznički tunel kod Ceovačkih špilja
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
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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.
moderate
Distance 24.9 km
12:00 h
954 m
1,082 m
1,402 m
544 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
Update: August 03, 2016
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,402 m
Lowest point
544 m
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Start

Prezid (763 m)
Coordinates:
DD
44.253603, 15.810671
DMS
44°15'13.0"N 15°48'38.4"E
UTM
33T 564717 4900360
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Destination

Cerovačke špilje

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Coordinates

DD
44.253603, 15.810671
DMS
44°15'13.0"N 15°48'38.4"E
UTM
33T 564717 4900360
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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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Maruša Orel
June 20, 2021 · Community
At the beginning and at the end hiking on very busy asphalt road :( When you go up to sklonište, you have gravel road, but at the end you can use some nice shortcuts. Sklonište is really nice, but I didn't sleep there, because there were many people and they were planning to have a party (Saturday afternoon). Pump on the photo was working. I didn't hike Mali princ trail, because I think it's too hard for dogs. I also didn't go down where Via Dinarica is going (by Mali and Veliki Črnopac), because I think it's too hard for dogs. I took the other trail that goes directly down (you can see on the map there are three trails to sklonište). There is a nice camping place in Gračac, I had shade on my tent the whole day, free washing laundry, fast food and small shop 300m from the camp, bigger supermarkets in a center. I didn't find any restaurant in Gračac. I went around one part of the lake and it's nothing special.
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When did you do this route? June 19, 2021
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Maxo Pl.
June 17, 2021 · Community
At Crnopac sklonište the upper cistern is broken.
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Thomas Furter
November 26, 2020 · Community
We ran out of food after the Velebit, why we directly went down to Gračac without climbing the Crnopac. The Caffe Bar Marino has nice rooms, which we can recommend.
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When did you do this route? September 08, 2020
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
24.9 km
Duration
12:00 h
Ascent
954 m
Descent
1,082 m
Highest point
1,402 m
Lowest point
544 m
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