Welcome to SP!  -
Mountains & Rocks
[ 8 More ]



Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Primorsko-goranska Županija, Croatia, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.44044°N / 14.58401°E

Object Title: Snježnik

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4938 ft / 1505 m


Page By: Branko

Created/Edited: Jan 21, 2009 / Jan 22, 2010

Object ID: 482222

Hits: 6873 

Page Score: 89.39%  - 29 Votes 

Vote: Log in to vote



Snježnik and its group can be considered as a 10 km long ridge in NW-SE direction, situated between Obruc (Grobnik Alps) and Risnjak. The lowest altitude of this ridge is 1.300 mtrs and there are 5 important peaks that has to be mentioned: Jelenc (1.442 mtrs), Planina (1.426 mtrs), Guslica (1.490 mtrs), Međuvrhi (1.462 mtrs) and Snježnik (1.505 mtrs).

Surrounding peaks of Snježnik
Snježnik mountain surrounding peaks
Snježnik summit (1.505 mtrs)
Snježnik summit
Snježnik (1.505 mtrs)
Snježnik mountain and its W slope
Group of rocks...
Group of rocks on the W slopes on Snježnik mountain

Snježnik (1.505 mtrs) is a rock peak in the shape of a truncated cone surrounded by flower-covered meadows, under which are spreaded beech wood forests. Its isolated location and open views on all sides will fascinate every visitor. The slopes of Snježnik are steep and covered with grass, while the highest point is solid rock.

On the slopes between Snježnik and Guslica, where continental and Mediterranean clime confronts, you can find numerous vegetation with more than 100 herbal groups. In the immediate vicinity of the Snježnik peak are the natural habitats of karstic edelweiss. Due to this natural rarity this area has become a part of Risnjak Nature Park.

Because of its position on the climatic clash line, Snježnik has frequent and sudden weather changes in the colder part of the year. On the ridge can be particularly unpleasant due to the strong bora wind and due to the high level of humidity present at that altitude. There are also huge amounts of snow, which holds untill the spring despite the near vicinity of the sea. Due to this phemomenon and the long lasting snow cover, Snjeznik received its name - freely translated as "Snowbound".

How Snježnik looks like

Snježnik (1.505 mtrs)
Snježnik from Risnjak (E-SE)
Snježnik (1.505 mtrs) from NW
Snježnik from NW
Snježnik (1.505 mtrs)
Snježnik from W
Snježnik (1.505 mtrs)
Snježnik from Radeševo (S)
Snježnik (1.505 mtrs) from SE
Snježnik from SE
Snježnik (1.505 mtrs)
Snježnik from S

Summit View

The Snježnik summit is one of the most beautiful lookout points in Croatia. It offers great panorama views and especially impressive are the views of Risnjak, Snežnik in Slovenia, Obruč, Učka and the Kvarner Bay with its islands, all the way to the famous Velebit mountain.
During clear weather it is also possible to see Julian Alps, Kamnik-Savinja Alps and Karavanke in Slovenia.

Snježnik (1.505 mtrs) summit view
Panorama towards Kvarner Bay
Summit view towards NW
NW summit view
Snježnik summit view towards N
N summit view
Risnjak seen from Snježnik summit
Risnjak from Snježnik
Summit view towards S
View towards the S
Kvarner bay from Snježnik
Kvarner Bay

Rutes Overview

Map of Snježnik area
Snježnik map

The summit of Snježnik belongs to a group of easy ascends, except during winter season when there is a lot of snow and ice with low temperatures and strong bora wind. All routes are in good conditions, well marked and they are leading mostly through the shades of surrounding forests.

Snježnik main routes:

1. Platak - through Grlo - Snježnik (1,20 hrs)
2. Platak - across the ridge - Snježnik (1,30 hrs)
3. Platak - Guslica - Snježnik (3,00 hrs)
4. Gerovo - Lazac (16 km) - Snježnik (1-1,30 hrs)
5. Gornje Jelenje - Cajtige - Snježnik (3,30 hrs)

Getting There

Kamenjak (838 mtrs)
The ascent to the top of Snježnik is undoubtedly the most attractive excursion to be taken from Platak resort.

The easiest access to Platak is by car using the old Louisiana road Rijeka-Zagreb (not the new motorway). About 2 km above the Kamenjak mountain there is sign post and junction towards Platak and another 8 km of good, asphalted, sloping road which will take us to Platak parking lot near the Sušak Lodge.

Platak can be also reached on foot from Kamenjak and it takes about 1,30 hrs. The markings begin at an abandoned inn and follow the old, run-down road to Platak. After 30 minutes the markings cross the new road to Platak at the crossroads for Kripanj, and continue for another 30 minutes, going below Mrtvacka glava (The Skull) to Mali Platak. The path continues uphill towards a well positioned belvedere (at the 5th Km of the road), known as Mali Platak (Little Platak, 1069 m.). From this lookout point you can see Kvarner Bay and on the other side highest peak in the area Snježnik. Further on the path passes beside Mali Platak weekend estate. The road then follows a slope through a lovely forest, and at the 8th km emerges at the side of the forester's hut at Platak.

When to Climb

Snježnik can be climbed any time of the season. For winter ascent the crampons and ice axe can be very useful.

The road to Platak resort in winter is regularly cleaned, but it is important to have winter car equipment.

Mountain Huts

Mountain hut Sušak - tel: +38551230908 (more info on http://malidom-platak.com/)

Mountain hut Platak - tel: +38551230905 (more info on http://domplatak.awardspace.com/Onama.html)

Descending from Snježnik
Snježnik mountain hut
Mountain hut Snjeznik (1.490 mtrs)
Mountain hut

Mountain lodge on Snježnik (1.490 mtrs) is located immediately below the summit, under the crest and above a grassy slope. It appears as if it has literally grown out of the rock. The lodge has an entrance hall, a small kitchen, a large dining room with tables, a stove and 14 beds (it is possible to accommodate 20 persons). Under the terrace is shelter which is open all the time. Unfortunately today the hut is not open and it has to be renewed.

Red Tape

Beautiful Encian flowers
Encian flowers on Snježnik mountain
No limitations.

Mountain Conditions

Informations on weather conditions in the area can be found on
Croatian State Hydrometeorological Institute site:

Weather forecast


SMAND No. 14 - Gorski kotar IV

SMAND official website


Risnjak seen from Snježnik summitOn the Snježnik ridgeEnjoying in Snježnik summit viewRisnjak (1.528 mtrs)Afternoon at Snježnik mountainOn Snježnik ridgeRimska Vrata pass
Approaching Rimska VrataOn Snježnik ridgeDescending from SnježnikSummit view towards SSnježnik (1.505 mtrs) summit viewKamnik-Savinja Alps from SnježnikOn Snježnik summit
[ View Gallery - 56 More Images ]