Mountain trails and paths
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The "Peta klupa" (Fifth Bench) paths
The 'Peta klupa' path starts off at Vladimir Nazor street and leads along a 2 km long forest path to the bocce alley. This local favorite was named after the five benches that can be found along it, and it's surrounded by wild blueberry bushes which you can pick as you go, when in season..
The "Zeleni vir" botanical educational path
This path familiarizes the visitors with the rich and varied plant life of the reserve. It consists of three parts that meet at the mountain lodge ‘Zeleni vir’. The first goes from the Skrad railway station (649 m) up to Zeleni vir and the waterfall by the power plant (around 2 km); the second goes from the mountain lodge Zeleni vir through the ‘Vrajži prolaz’ up to ‘Muževa hiša’ (around 800 m), while the third passes by the Curak stream and goes to the hamlet of Ložac (1.8 km). All together there are 19 educational boards. Most of them show plants that are characteristic of this area with photos of the most important and frequent species: medical herbs, edible forest fruits, rare and protected plants, spring plants, ferns, edible and poisonous mushrooms of this region; but they also show the animal world, as well as plants growing on rocks, in gullies and canyons.
The „Duga stena“ path
The path steers off from the village of Planina and continues to follow and overhang the road, which descends into Zeleni vir. About 3.5km long, the path passes along the very edge of the rock over Zeleni vir and Vražji prolaz. Along the path there are three lookouts with a view of the Kupa valley. After 3 km the path merges with the one that leads from the train station down to the waterfall and the well of Zeleni vir, and it is possible to follow the path straight through the forest area of Jasle and connect to the path that leads right down to Muževa hišica or to the left, up towards to the railway station in Skrad.
The „Curak“ path
50 meters after the exit for the village of Ložac in the Kupa valley in the direction of Skrad, a gravel road turns right that will take you, after a 1500-meter drive, to the pedestrian / bicycle track to the Zeleni vir mountain lodge. Not at all challenging, the path is about 2.5km in length going along the Curak creek. Beautiful scenery, filled with the scents of flowers and plants, and bridges taking the path one minute in one direction, the next minute in the next, will not leave you indifferent and you'll want the walk to last longer. Do not miss the opportunity to learn something about the Zeleni vir reserve through the educational botanical path billboards because that path partly extends along the Curak path, too.
- Educational paths of Skrad
The„Šiljar“ educational path
The route of the Šiljar educational path begins at the train station in Skrad, leading to the center of Skrad and The Church of St. Anthony of Padua, where it turns to the Grohotnik spring, one of the spring of the river Dobra and the old Mill. The path continues through Veliko Selce to three lookouts: „Kavranova stijena“, „Perić“ and, at the most demanding part of the path, the „Skradski vrh“lookout (1044m). Along the path is set 13 information boards with images of holly, a protected plant species that is found in almost all parts of the educational path of Šiljar.
Educational panels describe wildlife, protected and endangered plant species, wild berries, mushrooms of our area and other rare plants. Its length is 7.5km, and walking time is about 3 hours. The path has interesting vegetation, but it's also challenging because of the big altitude difference it covers. (648-1044m / nv.)
The educative path '"Zeleni vir"
This path familiarizes the visitors with the rich and varied plant life of the reserve. It consists of three parts that meet at the climbers’ lodge ‘Zeleni vir’. The first leads from the railway station of Skrad (649 m ) up to Zeleni vir and the waterfall by the power-plant (around 2 km); the second goes from the climbers’ lodge Zeleni vir through the ‘Vrajži prolaz’ up to ‘Muževa hiša’ (around 800 m), while the third passes by the creek Curak and goes to the hamlet of Ložac (1.8 km). All together there are 19 educative boards. Most of them show plants that are characteristic of this area with photos of the most important and frequent species: medical herbs, edible forest fruits, rare and protected plants, spring plants, ferns, edible and poisonous mushrooms of this region; but they also show the animal world, as well as plants growing on rocks, in gullies and canyons.
Hiking trails municipality of Skrad
Through the area of Skrad passes a section of the „Goranski planinarski put“ (GPP – Gorski kotar mountain trail) – that is the roundabout circular road which passes in large part through Gorski kotar. It goes off into parts unknown to hikers, but visits the best known parts, too. It passes unusually picturesque villages, leading up to lookouts and into the deep forest, including natural, historical and cultural sights. Due to its length of the 280 km route, it is divided into three sections.
The first section of Goranski planinarski put follows the river Kupa from Severin to its source through the picturesque peaks of Orlove stijene, Okrugljak, Levešni vrh, Špičasti vrh, Skradski vrh, Zeleni vir and Veliki Drgomalj through the 13 checkpoints.
The second section is horseshoe-shaped, and includes the most remote settlements of Gorski kotar: Gerovo, Tršće, Čabar and Prezid; and over checkpoint No. 15 leads from the source of the Kupa through little better known area along the Slovenian border to Jelenac, Guslice, Snježnik and Risnjak.
The third section takes the most famous mountain region of Gorski kotar from Risnjak massif over Tuhobić, Viševica, Bitoraj, Bjelolasica, Samarske and Bijele stijene, Klek, etc. through the canyon Kamačnik to Lovnik and has a total of 13 control points.
It is this first section that passes the territory of the Municipality of Skrad in the part of Skradski vrh to Zeleni vir. This part of the trail in the area of Skrad is under the care of "Skradski vrh" Mountaineering Club. It's been around for many years and you can get more information there. The trails are marked and very well maintained.
Planinarsko društvo "Skradski Vrh"