Hiking up Velika Kapela to White Rocks (bijele stijene) is one of the most beautiful mountain trail excursions in Croatia, thanks largely to nature creating a gallery of incredible rock shapes here.
Located in the heart of Croatia, between Vinodol, Fužine, Mrkopalj, Ogulin, Jasenak and Žuta Lokva, Velika Kapela is unique and home to White Rocks, a unique geomorphological phenomenon of karst covered with woods.
The Croatian Mountaineering Home Kapela from Zagreb last month finished work on renovating the Miroslav Hirtz shelter on White Rocks and has turned it into one of the most impressive in Croatia.
The renovation of this largest mountaineering shelter in Croatia was carried out during the spring and summer, according to the project and under the guidance of architect Ivan Juretić.
Since the shelter is located in the heart of Velika Kapela, in a place away from the roads, a special challenge was the transport of several tons of material to the shelter, as well as the removal of worn-out material removed from the old shelter, the Croatian Mountaineering Association said.
All this was done in a series of work actions by members of the Croatian Mountaineering Home Kapela with the support of members of several mountaineering associations. Considering the location, during the reconstruction of the shelter, special care was taken for the protection of the environment in the Strict Reserve of White and Samarske Rocks.
The basis of the shelter is a wooden structure, and special experience is given by the facade with a large glass wall. The shelter can accommodate more than 20 people. Miroslav Hirtz, after whom the shelter is named, was a prominent mountaineer and Croatian Mountaineering Home councilor in the early 20th century.
The Croatian Mountaineering Association supported the reconstruction of the shelter through funds from the Tender for the Reconstruction, Arrangement and Construction of Mountaineering Facilities.
You can begin the climb to White Rocks, which is 1335 metres high and offers stunning views of nearby towns, from Mrkopalj. Follow the markings on Begova trail. A steep climb for around one hour will see you reach the top of White Rocks.