Length: 35 km
Elevation gain: 920m
Maximum elevation: 950 m
Technical difficulty: 3/5
Download GPS Track: Medvednica – Muco-Hpd-Enduro_Cyclotrail
Date of ride: 24.11.2019.
Suitable for E-bike: Yes
The name Medvednica could be translated as “bear mountain”. Its biggest peak is called Sljeme, 1035 meters above sea, and often refers as name to the entire mountain. Even though mountain Medvednica is called after bears, there are no bears living there. Urbanization took its toll, so many species (bears, lynxes, wolves, otters, western capercaille… ) that lived there are now disappeared.
On this chilly autumn day we chose to ride on one of the most popular trails on mountain Medvednica. First part of the trail is Muco trail and it is the stage 1 of Zagreb enduro contest. After that we connected to trail called HPD (in translation “Croatian hikers association” trail) or number 52 on some maps. Very narrow singletrack with some technical parts, rocks and roots. Watch out for hikers because this is their trail. This trail also connects to famous enduro Opušteno trail (visible on 4:55 in video).
Enduro trail is classic mtb trail with bents, narrow turns around the trees and fast flowy sections. For access we used popular Leustek trail that is popular hikers trail and it is only uphill. There is a tacit agreement between hikers and mountain bikers not to ride downhill this path, so it is very important for everyone who read this text to follow this simple rule. This route can be combined with all routes on Medvednica.
As you can see I started to ride from neighborhood Trešnjevka, but you can shorten the ride and start from Gračanska cesta (Gračanska road), there is plenty of parking space along the road.