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That’s on the Amphitheater trek in the Drakensburgs, South Africa. Sentinel car park is the trailhead.
trip report by BestHike editor Rick McCharles
There’s a visitor centre explaining the various short hikes.
You start on a long suspension bridge.
I was there on a rainy day. Most days are rainy.
This is dense Valdivian temperate rain forest. Parts of the park receive up to 4,000 mm (157 in) of precipitation annually.
There is some boardwalk, but expect to get muddy. (I wore neoprene booties rather than socks.)
Here’s the viewpoint as I saw it.
On descending I’d definitely recommend adding a short spur trail to Laguna Tempanos.
It’s a different perspective from the lake.
Everyone is happy to visit Quelat. A weird and wonderful microclimate.
I wore neoprene booties instead of socks. Inside my feet were warm, wet and smelly.
Queulat National Park is is 23-kilometers away from pretty Puyuhuapi town, the normal jumping off point for travelers.
trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles
Hike to a spectacular waterfall.
Duration: 3 hours round trip.
Distance: 5,6 km round trip.
Return: Same route.
This hike is very challenging. Calling it Low-Medium is insanity. 🙄
There are many sections where you need to use your hands. Scrambles.
The river crossing could be dangerous / impossible at high water. I slipped in with both feet while boulder hopping.
You can quickly see why this temperate rain forest was so inaccessible before superb trail builders got here.
There was a ton of work done to put in this trail. Plenty of boardwalk, most made from local wood onsite.
Check this natural park bench.
The crux of the hike are these two ladders.
Made it. This is what I expected at Pumalín.
For me it was 3 hours round trip. Finishing at 8pm I had only about 2 hours of daylight left to get set-up at the nearby campground and to cook up a BIG dinner.
Cascada was my first hike in this sector of Parque Pumalín.
When I think back on Laugevagur, my first thoughts are of the amazing waterfalls on the last day. Is there a more spectacular chain of falls anywhere else on Earth?
Happily, the weather was quite good when I woke early. Then a thunder storm rolled in and disappeared before I’d finished coffee.
Later I learned that Mark was already up high. Very nervous. There’s no place to hide from lightning in Iceland.
Here I was psyching up for the 900m climb to Fimmvörðuháls pass.
I knew it could be a long, tough day climbing to the icefields up on a high plateau. It’s the most glaciated section. But at least there are NO RIVER CROSSINGS!
The ascent was quite easy, as it turned out.
These were the first hikers I saw coming the other direction. Doing this with a day pack is quite popular.
Recall the 2010 volcano that disrupted air traffic all over Europe?
This is it. You walk that massive lava flow.
Moodi and Magni (Thor’s sons) are two summit cones pushed up in 2010.
Everyone climbs Magni to enjoy the 360 degree view.
One worry late in the season is the snowfields turning to slush. Or water.
Happily, it was still good walking for me on July 29th.
Baldvinsskali is a small emergency hut en route. Hikers are allowed to escape the wind and elements if needed.
My only complaint about this hiking day is some road walking on the way down. I’d prefer they make a parallel walking trail.
How far to Skógar?
The trail follows the river down.
Every tourist to Iceland visits the falls at Skógar.
About half way through the day I’d decided to bus back to Reykjavík, if I could. Mark was shooting photos at the base of the falls. I bought a ticket on his bus.
You could stay over. Skógar has a hostel and camping. As well as several restaurants.
I’m starting Iceland’s most famous walk July 24, 2018. Wish me luck.
My first attempt a few years ago failed. Wanting to hike in June, the trails were far too muddy.
(Landmannalaugar to Skógar route)
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Check our Laugavegur information page on how to organize this adventure for yourself.
… This 40-mile loop is a fantastic way to experience the immense size and beauty of Mt. Hood.
On the Timberline you’ll encounter lush old-growth forests, pristine alpine waterfalls, wildflower-filled meadows, towering craggy glaciers, rough volcanic landscapes, and some of the finest cascade views around.
The hiking certainly won’t be easy …
- Majestic Mt. Hood Views
- Cascade Range Vistas
- Massive Waterfalls
- Wildflower Meadows
- Immense Glaciers
- Easily Accessible
- Mostly Well Marked & Maintained
We’ve added Timberline to our list of best hikes in North America.
Scrambling the waterfall.
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