: Maglic (2386 m)
Maglić (2386) is the highest although not the largest
mountain in Bosnia and Herzegovina
and one of the most beautiful mountains of Montenegro
One part of Maglić massif is placed on Bosnia&Herzegovina
side, while it’s second part is on Montenegrin
territory. Maglić peak has two summits, Bosanski Maglić (2386 m) peak on Bosnia&Herzegovina
side and Crnogorski Maglić (2388 m) on Montenegrin
side, which is 2 m higher then Bosanski
Maglić summit on Bosnia&Herzegovina
side. Montenegrin part of Maglić massif is decorated by amazing
beauty of Trnovačko Jezero (TrnovačkoLake), one of the most beautiful of Montenegro.
Maglic peak with people on its summit.
Maglić massif is located about 20 km on the southwest from
the city Foca near the border with Montenegro. The
mountain is on the north and west bordered by river Sutjeska,
on the southwest by mountain Volujak, on the east by
rivers Drina and Piva
and on the south by valley Mratinjska Uvala.
All hillsides, except northwestern, are very steep
and overgrown with coniferous and beech trees. Forest
line is approx. at altitude of 1600
m. Above is plateau with
excellent pastures. Many summits and ridges raise from the plateau the most
important are Vučevo (Crni
Vrh 1591m), Rujevac
(1835m), Snijenica (1804m), Prijevor
(Makaze 1668m), Mratinjska
Gora (1576m) and the Maglic; ridge itself (2388m).
The foothill and the hillsides are rich with water but the plateau isnt. There
is a spring at Dragos Sedlo
(just below the road) – near the monument to Nurija Pozderac (war hero from World War II). There are springs on
both Rujevac and Ulobic but
its dry in late summer. The most plentiful is a spring in Carev
Do that never dries out.
Northern approach to Maglic
The summit is accessible only from
southern side overgrown with grass and mountain pine. All other hillsides are
steep, barren and rocky. The view from the summit is just marvellous first of
all to neigbouring Volujak
and Bioc and TrnovackoLake,
but also to Durmitor (in Montenegro) and other bosnian mountains on north and northwest.
is particularly beautiful at height of 1700 m, long 700m and wide 400m,
squeezed among Maglic, Volujak
and Bioc whose ridges slope to the lake valley. Its
open only to the north toward wooded Vratnice. Colour
of the lake is amazing green-blue.
From Sarajevo go to Foca. Then turn to Tjentiste. Just before entering Tjentiste valley, there is a small gas station on the
right. You turn on the left – tiny asphalt road leads to Maglic
(unfortunately there is no any sign on the road). Only first 1-2 km of the road is aspahlted but that’s not the problem – the other part is
quite good too (no need for 4×4). The road is quite curved and goes through the
forest. When you leave the forest you’ll reach a saddle (I call it
“saddle” because it’s a place when the road ends rising but it’s more like plateau). Then slow down and concentrate on
the right side of the road. You should notice a small forest road and some hut
without walls – only benches and table with roof (sorry but I don’t know the english term :)). Leave the car
there. Follow that road (by foot of course :)) about 20-30m (meters). After
these 20-30 meters,
the road turns left but you keep going straight. You should notice first
mountain mark on the tree – that’s start of the trail. The trail is quite good
marked. After 2h and 40min you’ll reach the ridge of Maglic.
Then turn right and you’ll see the summit. The rest is history
Note 1: There is no water on the trail.
Note 2: There are no minefields in this area.
Maglic ridge in sunset – view from Trnovacko lake. July, 2005
The optimal place for climbing is mid
June – mid October. But, prefer dry weather – some rocks over abysses can
be slippery if wet.