“A nice, flowy downhill shuttle from the "Puntijarka" mountain hut to Markuševec.”
— Tony Karzen
Locals with kids will take them down this trail as a starter for them. It is enough of a challenge for stronger riders, but lacks the obsticles and features of harder more technical trails.
Be aware of other trail crossings to avoid getting lost and also be aware of occasional hikers (more on weekends).
This trail combination is one of the most popular with local riders, from hard chargers to low-key, chill descenders. It has a very flowy feel to it and, as such, truly allows all ability riders to get something out of it.
In spots, there multiple line choices to make the ride more or less demanding, although there are no major hits/booters to speak of. The trail starts towards the left of the mountain hut "Puntijarka" and finishes near the neighborhood of Baćun/Markuševec, meaning a short five-minute cruise down the main road to get back to the main base area could be needed if one intends to be based around that zone.
Need to Know
As with many of the other trails, there is a really good mountain hut at the top of this one so if you'd like to eat, bring some cash 'cause the food is good. It is important to not mistake the start of this trail with 'Bikčićeva' trail, which is one of the most popular and highly trafficked hiking trails on the mountain (that trail starts immediately next to the mountain hut while the 18-20 trail combo starts - looking from the hut further uphill - up and to the right on the other side of the benches in the woods near the hut). Be aware that the upper section could see some foot traffic, but usually not much.
Another multi-use route on Medvednica mountain above Zagreb. Not heavily trafficked as a whole trail by hikers, this route is a preferred descent by locals.
There are a handful of other trails that cross with this one and markings are poor at best, so check your GPS or MTB Project mobile app
if you are not sure. Mostly this is an easier, flowy type of downhill ride with only a couple of short sections that are mildly steeper. It is appropriate for less-experienced riders and families as many locals take their kids down it.
History & Background
The trail, due to its relative lack of use by hikers and flowy nature, has become one of the most popular for local riders.