Plan a route here Copy route
Mountain tour Stage 10

Via Dinarica HR-W-09 Senjsko bilo

· 7 reviews · Mountain tour · Croatia
Responsible for this content
Via Dinarica Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Jadičev plan
    Jadičev plan
    Photo: Alan Čaplar, Via Dinarica
m 1400 1200 1000 800 600 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km
Northern Velebit extends from the mountain pass Vratnik with the Senj – Otočac road to the mountain pass V. Alan with the Jablanac – Krasno road, and it is 30 kilometers long. A typical perception of Velebit as a simple ridge that divides the continental region of Lika from the sea like a wall of some kind is actually a wrong perception, especially in the northern part of Velebit, because this is in fact a spacious mountainous area with its width almost identical to its length at elevations of 1000 meters. In this peak area, we come across many peaks stunningly diverse in shapes and directions of spreading, with many randomly scattered dolines and karst fields all around.
moderate
Distance 17.9 km
11:00 h
827 m
581 m
1,402 m
680 m
The northernmost part of Velebit is known as Senjsko bilo. This is the area extending southeast of the Senj – Vratnik – Otočac road to the Sv. Juraj – Oltari – Krasno road. Even though it belongs to Velebit, we can actually consider this area simply as the foothills of Velebit, due to relatively low elevations and modest morphology. This northernmost branch of Velebit has almost none of the typical characteristics of Velebit, and it has more in common with the southwestern part of Velika Kapela. Its central part is the main ridge 15 kilometers long, with the highest peaks Jadićeva plan (1416 m.a.s.l.), Konačište (1404 m.a.s.l.) and Bijeli vrh (1492 m.a.s.l.). The slopes facing the region of Lika are very steep and covered in forest, with numerous terraces descending towards the sea on the other side of the mountain. One interesting fact about the area is that the vegetation of Senjska draga is a result of human labor: in the 19th century, this entire majestic valley was bare and rocky, so torrents flooded the city of Senj every couple of years. The most important mountaineering sites are the peak of Jadićeva plan and the locality of Sijasetska draga with a mountain hut. The most interesting hiking tour in the area is the longitudinal tour from Vratnik to Oltari – a section of Via Dinarica. Part of this trail follows the route of the Senj Hiking Tour, maintained by the mountaineers of Senj.

The starting point for the longitudinal tour along Senjsko bilo is the mountain pass Vratnik with the road Žuta Lokva – Senj. The trail starts above the motel, initially passing through the forest, and then, after only one kilometer, it reaches the road towards Stolac and Žukalj. Above Liskovac, to the right, there is a trail connecting from Sijasetska draga, and to the left there is trail branching from Žukalj and ascending to the peak of Jadićeva plan (one hour of climb). After the hamlet of Liskovac, the route continues with hiking trail markings that take hikers across meadows for one hour and a half to the hamlets of Tuževac and Rakita. One more hour of hiking remains to the village of Oltari with a mountain hut.

Profile picture of Alan Čaplar
Author
Alan Čaplar
Update: August 03, 2016
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
1,402 m
Lowest point
680 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Track types

Show elevation profile

Start

Vratnik (694 m)
Coordinates:
DD
44.978373, 14.985275
DMS
44°58'42.1"N 14°59'07.0"E
UTM
33T 498839 4980548
w3w 
///anniversary.surfboard.rehash
Show on Map

Destination

Oltari

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
44.978373, 14.985275
DMS
44°58'42.1"N 14°59'07.0"E
UTM
33T 498839 4980548
w3w 
///anniversary.surfboard.rehash
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Similar routes nearby

 These suggestions were created automatically.

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

3.4
(7)
Laurie . 
August 01, 2022 · Community
Took cab (buses were not running at right time) from Senj to Vratnik. 200 kuna and was an adrenaline ride 😳. Route from drop off involved a fair amount of gravel track, overgrown paths which wasn't the most pleasant but both were easy enough to follow. Lots of bugs, flies, wasps and some dive bombing grey fly (learnt to be OK with these!). Stopped for the night at Oltari. mountain hut was shut but camped in veranda. water source was not working but asked neighbour and they were happy for us to top up our water.
Show more
When did you do this route? July 12, 2022
Marion Du
May 21, 2022 · Community
Took a bus from Senj to vratnik (6:45 or 7:30) with 6days of food. Several trails are marked, we didn't follow exatly the VD. Nice walk. We hiked to Babić Sića, the entrance of the park where we camped (forbidden to camp in the National park but before it o Is ok. ) No water there but we filled on the road in Oltari, asking to someone.
Show more
When did you do this route? May 13, 2022
Jérémy Bigé
July 08, 2021 · Community
[SLO->ALB] Started the VD the 7th of June 2021. Took a bus from Senj (6h30 am everyday) to Vratnik. Easy trail with few hundreds meters of bushwack. Lot of mice in the woods. Oltari hut was closed but there is water there.
Show more
Show all reviews

Photos from others


Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
17.9 km
Duration
11:00 h
Ascent
827 m
Descent
581 m
Highest point
1,402 m
Lowest point
680 m
Multi-stage route

Statistics

  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
Maps and trails
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view