Klek mountain, Croatia

Klek is mountain in north-western Croatia, near Ogulin in Karlovac County. It is the easternmost mountain of the Velika Kapela range of the Dinaric Alps.

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Mt. Klek as seen from the southeast
Highest point
Elevation1,181 m (3,875 ft)
Coordinates45°15′31″N 15°8′44″E / 45.25861°N 15.14556°E / 45.25861; 15.14556Coordinates: 45°15′31″N 15°8′44″E / 45.25861°N 15.14556°E / 45.25861; 15.14556
Klek is located in Croatia
Location of Mt. Klek in Croatia
Parent rangeVelika Kapela, Dinaric Alps
Easiest routeHike

The mountain is one of the best-known Croatian botanist reserves and home to a number of protected species of mountain flora.

According to the 17th century tale, during the nights of storm, the summit of Klek is a midnight gathering point for witches and fairies.

In the early 20th century, Klek's east and south face nurtured numerous Croatian rock climbers. The longest route length exceeds 200 m, with difficulty up to 5.12a.[citation needed]

Peak of Klek mountain

Geography and geologyEdit

Klek is positioned as a prominent ridge on the eastern tips of Velika Kapela, and its slopes descend toward Ogulin and the valley of Dobra. The peaks are steep and rocky, and there are two most important ones, Klečice or Mali Klek (1058 m), and Veliki Klek (or just Klek, 1182 m), with its prominent vertical 200 meters high "southern rock".

Klek rose during the Alpine orogeny in Tertiary, and geologically it consists of carbon sediments, i.e. Jurassic limestone and dolomite, while the peak part is made of Cretaceous limestones.[1]

There are several speleological objects on the massif: the Horvat's or Klek cave (Klečka spilja in Croatian), the Half-cave (Polupećina in Croatian), the Jarunčica na Zakopi pit cave, and two pits found in this century, the Witch's pit cave (133 m deep), and another one whose entry is near the peak, at the height of 1162 m.[2]

The climate is mountain with heavy rainfall, which encourages the formation of seeping and torrent streams that gather in Klek's ravine (Klečka draga in Croatian) or Peras' gulch (Perasov jarak in Croatian). Behind Peras' gulch on the northern slope of Klek there is also a ruin of the old Frankopan castle Vitunj, above a village named the same.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Nature and Forestry in the Ogulin Region; Ivo Velić: Geological features" (PDF). Šumarski list. Croatian Forestry Society. 7–9: 351. 1987.
  2. ^ "The notable Klek landscape (Značajni krajobraz Klek)" (PDF). NATURA VIVA brochure. 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2020.

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