Trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles.
I had camped at a site called Azib Likemt with a guided German group.
They were up and gone long before I finished my coffee.
I followed the last of their horsemen up and over a low pass.
From the col you descend to the impressive Berber village of Amsouzert (1797m).
When water is available this mountain range is incredibly lush.
It’s a very interesting place. I could see staying overnight here.
Many homes had satellite dishes.
In fact, I later decided to recommend future hikers start at Amsouzert. It’s on the N10 highway connecting Marrakesh and Ouarzazate. A private taxi is the easiest way to get here.
Not stopping at the many shops and restaurants, I continued up up up to famous Lac d’Ifni back in the National Park.
It’s incredibly rugged with the trail forced high above.
Here I debated whether to stop at the lake. Or continue up towards the gorge climb for the next day.
Pushy shopkeepers decided it for me. I don’t like being harassed while hiking.
So it was out onto the massive spring flooding wash of stones.
Surprisingly, I couldn’t find any water until I reached camp.
Once again I camped near a guided group, this one from Iceland.
I chose my tent site as safest from rockfall.
It was still fairly early in the evening so I did some wandering, mostly laughing at the goats and sheep coming down from the gorge for nightfall.