Via Dinarica HR-G-06
Lika is rightly considered one of the most beautiful karst regions. The area surrounded by the mighty mountain of Velebit and no less interesting Lička Plješivica is full of priceless wealth of diverse karst forms, both on surface and below ground, that have been provoking the interest of various researchers for quite some time. The key features of this wide area are large rivers that also gave names to wide karst valleys through which they flow: Gacka, Lika and Krbava. A tour of this section of the trail represents a unique challenge, precisely due to the unexplored authenticity of the entire region.
The part of Lika between Ogulin and Plitvice Lakes, intersected by the Via Dinarica Green Line, is mostly unknown to visitors, since there are no important roads or large settlements here (the biggest settlements are Plaški and Saborsko). However, precisely because of that, this zone has preserved the charm of the original, largely pristine nature. For the time being, this part of Lika also lacks the usual tourism and excursion infrastructure that could service a tour of Via Dinarica in a classical mountaineering manner. There is a plan in place to establish a section of the E-6 European Long-Distance Path in the area from Ogulin across Plitvice Lakes to the border crossing point Ličko Petrovo Selo, and – once that is done – the Via Dinarica corridor would use the E-6 route in this area. Until then, the best way to take a tour of this route stage is to take a cycling tour or to hike along the road passing through the entire valley of Plaščanska dolina (Modruš – Plaški – Saborsko – Plitvice).
From Ogulin, the route first takes visitors to the lake of Sabljaci and to Modruš, where there is an interesting old hill fort, and then it proceeds towards Plaški. According to the plan for the route of the E-6 European Long-Distance Path, the future route would follow the »Iapodian trace« from Modruš onwards, across Trojvrh (Terponos), Vojnovac and Latin, or through the village of Kunić. There is mountaineering potential in the area of Plaški, and local mountaineers could also provide assistance to people interested in tours of this area. The route would continue next to the source of the Dretulja River and next to a drinking water reservoir (architectural heritage, approx. 1910), proceeding below Mala Kapela to the hill of Plaška glava – a site of an old Frankopan hill fort Gradina (approx. 680 m.a.s.l.). The hill of Plaška glava, approximately 800 meters above sea level, offers a view of the entire Plaščanska dolina, across the estavelle/lake Blata/Begovac and Saborsko, all the way to Lička Plješivica. According to plan, the future route would then descend to Lake Sinac (tectonic lake; phenomenon “”Gorske oči – jezero Sinjac“” [»Mountain Eyes – Lake Sinjac«]). Another branch of the future route would lead along the foothills, on the side of Plaški, but also on the side of of Blata, towards Plitvice. These »branches« would link numerous springs and caves located on both sides of the hill. The future route would then continue across Blata/Begovac – an estavelle lake that occasionally springs and fills the valley up to the height of 18 meters, completely disappearing during draughts and revealing behind it a magnificent meadow and a series of caves. Our path continues across Lička Jesenica with a wonderful karst river Jesenica and Kebina litica – a steep rock with the railway passing above it (a masterpiece of construction dating back to approx. 1920), and with a water source below the rock. From Jesenica onwards, the route then continues across Saborsko – a picturesque plateau and village – all the way to Kuselj, following the D-42 state road. In Kuselj, a trail branch separates towards Čorkova uvala – a unique virgin forest area. Plitvice Lakes National Park has designed and marked an educational trail leading from the lakes to Čorkova uvala. Entry to the Plitvice Lakes National Park is also possible from the road leading to the right towards the village of Poljanak, slightly before crossing the bridge across the Korana River (a shorter option). The route stage from Ogulin to Plitvice Lakes is 70 kilometers long.
- Plitvice Lakes National Park