On the way to Kozjak mountains before sunrise starting from the railway station at Kaštel Stari. Crossing the railway line, turned right, then continued straight ahead (not right to Sveti Ivan and Sveti Juraj), following the ‘dom’ signs. Ascending a broad, rather grubby track, which eventually narrows, crossing the road twice before contouring the hillside. The path soon vered to the right, leading up the slope to reach the hut (Planinarska kuca Malacka, 477 metres), 50 minutes from the railway station.
Continuing along the ridge on the trail marked ‘izvor’ (spring), crossing the road and then taking the right fork towards Biranj, passing a number of stone shelters dug into the ground and another hut, and continuing along the cliff top. About 40 minutes from Malacka the trail arrives at the small church of Sveti Ivan Biranj (631 metres), which sits perched on the crest of the ridge, surrounded by picnic tables and shady trees. There is a water tap on the wall of the small café, although, as the sign states – its supply its limited (ima malo – ‘there is little’).
We continued past a ruined stone hut, and descend to the point where a gravel road crosses the ridge. Continuing straight ahead, following the ridge before descending somewhat to reach Planinarski dom pod Koludrom (325 metres) after another 90 minutes, which sits on the slopes below Koludar, the prominent cliff above. From here a trail leads back down to Kambelovac, for those who have had enough.
Ascended steeply from the hut, following the trail to the left of Koludar up to the top of the ridge takes about 40mins. Here we found the small and aptly named Orlovo gnijezdo (meaning ‘eagle’s nest’), a shelter at 598 metres. Continuing along the ridge for 15 minutes to Debelic (710 metres) for more views, before descending on the other side to the section of the route known as Pejšin put, which follows a rocky shelf across the cliff with the aid of steel pegs and cables. Beyond this the route follows the ridge top again, passing the small chapel of Sveti Luka (690 metres) to reach the highest point on Kozjak, Veli vrj (779 metres), 20 minutes beyond the chapel. The peak itself is fenced off from a military area. Continuing to PD Putalj, a huge hut at 460 metres, which is open all year – a total of 4 hours from Malacka.
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