OverviewBikčevićeva trail is one of two most popular hiking routes on Medvednica. It is used used almost every day by hikers, runners, and sometimes mountain bikers (but only going up :)). It is a quick getaway from busy city streets and people run away there after the work, before the work or some even during the work, lucky ones :(. The end of the trail is in Puntijarka restaurant (The official name is Mountain hut of Ivan Pačkovski, but nobody calls it that way).
The trail can be divided in two ways. The first half is more gentle and runnable and the second one is steeper and more technical. You will recognize the middle point by resting point Njivice on a saddle. It’s a small open shed, where some people like to take a break or turn around.
From the Bliznec parking, you take the trail going up on the right end of parking space. There are few places where you can take a turn but you just stick to the main trail. (this is trail 18 on the [Smand] map). When you arrive at saddle Njivice, there’s a crossing of several trail, but you take one going left up (there is a signpost for ‘Puntijarka’).
On the second half of the trail there are also some crossings, but you just have to stick to the main trail (btw, from Njivice saddle it is No. 19 on the Smand map) until you arrive to the end.
There are two water sources near the trail. First one is before the start of the trail, some 100m down the main road. The other is on trail itself, after cca 1km from the start and you can’t miss it. At the end of the trail there is mountain hut Puntijarka where you can drink, eat a lunch or try tasty strudels. There’s also a water pump which you can use if the mountain hut is closed.
From the Puntijarka mountain hut, you can continue to the top of Medvednica (15-20 minutes), go back the same way or choose some other way that will take you back to parking Bliznec.
It starts at the end of the Bliznec parking on the right side (see Google maps).
If you are arriving with public transport (i.e. tram), take a tram 14 to the last stop (Mihaljevac), then take tram line 15 to the last stop (Dolje). It sounds like you are at the end of the world, but it’s some 30 min from the main city square :).
From there, follow the path that goes through passenger tunnel, passes by bottom funicular station (not in use anymore :( ) and end on the Bliznec parking. This walk takes some 10-15 minutes.
When arriving by car, search in your gps (or map) for Bliznec road and follow the directions.
During the summer, there is a league with 12 rounds that follow this trail. Check out exact dates here.