Snæfellsjökull Hike (is a playground)

Snæfellsjökull snaefellsjokull hike trail national park glacier olafsvik hellissandur arnarstapiIt won’t make much of a sense to elaborate on any hikes here, the entire king wilderness area is a playground. This is the kind of place where you “make” your own hike.
Snæfellsjökull snaefellsjokull hike trail national park glacier olafsvik hellissandur arnarstapiDriving down through the forest roads in the Snæfellsjökull National Park will give you enough opportunities to explore the popularly known hiking trails or view the glacier.
Snæfellsjökull snaefellsjokull hike trail national park glacier olafsvik hellissandur arnarstapiYou can always choose to hike down to the glacier.
Snæfellsjökull snaefellsjokull hike trail national park glacier olafsvik hellissandur arnarstapiPicturesque setting – what stands out is the contrast.
Snæfellsjökull snaefellsjokull hike trail national park glacier olafsvik hellissandur arnarstapiSomewhere along the way…
Snæfellsjökull snaefellsjokull hike trail national park glacier olafsvik hellissandur arnarstapi

Yosemite Half Dome Hike

Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownOne of the more popular hikes in the United States needs no introduction. The Yosemite valley as seen above and below. Upper Yosemite falls above.
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables Down
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownUpper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownUpper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownUpper Yosemite Falls up close.
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownThe Yosemite Half dome can be accessed from the Mist Trail, around 9 miles one way to the base of the dome at an elevation gain of around 4400 ft. Add another 380 ft in gain to the summit of the half dome, to end up with a total elevation gain of around 4800 ft. You pass through Vernal falls (pic above) at around 1000 ft on the Mist trail and through Nevada falls (pic below) at around 2000 odd ft. The portion up to this point is a tad steep. But beyond this point is a flat section through the meadows, that serves a good breather.
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownNevada falls at the distance (above) and from the Panorama trail lookout (below).
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables Down
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownHalf dome with sub dome above.
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownHalf dome climbers.
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables DownAverage time to scale up stays around 240-300 mins while coming down can be a lot less.
Upper Yosemite Falls Yosemite Valley Fall Colors Nevada Falls Vernal Falls Half Dome Hike Sub Dome Cables Down

I only tried to hike to the second recess in the dome (en route in the pic above) on gloves alone without any protective gear. DO NOT ATTEMPT. Although I carried a harness, sling, carabiners and parachords, after spending 15 mins observing the climbers on the dome, I figured most of the time was spent in releasing and re configuring the Prusik knot at crosslinks through the cables. I decided to call it a hike given it was already 4pm and a group of hikers on the cables were struggling at tying the knot there by potentially slowing down the rest who follow. Overall a fun hike especially through prettier portions by Vernal and Nevada falls, and the later stretch through sub dome and the half dome. Stay safe! Always!

Crater Lake Hike, Maroon Bells

crater lake aspen maroon bells colorado hike maroon lake silver bells Crater Lake at Maroon Bells is a short 2 mi hike that gains an elevation of around 700 ft. You pass through the Maroon Lake at the trail head and continue on the West Maroon Trail for 45-60 mins to the lake at the foot of Maroon Bells.
crater lake aspen maroon bells colorado hike maroon lake silver bells It is one of the most visited sites in Aspen, Colorado and absolutely worth the drive or the effort.
crater lake aspen maroon bells colorado hike maroon lake silver bells
Looking down at Maroon Lake (above). Another view of the Maroon Bells from the trail head (below).
crater lake aspen maroon bells colorado hike maroon lake silver bells Silver Bells Campground Campsite #11 – for those who unload hastily. Go around the camp ground or better still explore the Silver Queen Campground a quarter of a mile away, for more astounding views.
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Hanging Lake Hike

hanging lake hike colorado glenwood springs aspen US 70A stepper workout to 1000-1500 odd steps. This steep hike set in the Glenwood Canyon (near Glenwood Springs) climbs an elevation of 1000 ft (gain) in roughly 1.2 miles. The trail is rocky but fun. Expect to arrive at the lake in 45-60 mins. Well worth it!
hanging lake hike colorado glenwood springs aspen US 70More pictures of the pristine lake. At least appears pristine…
hanging lake hike colorado glenwood springs aspen US 70