It 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.
Driving 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.
You can always choose to hike down to the glacier.
Picturesque setting – what stands out is the contrast.
Somewhere along the way…
One 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 up close.
The 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.
Nevada falls at the distance (above) and from the Panorama trail lookout (below).
Half dome with sub dome above.
Half dome climbers.
Average time to scale up stays around 240-300 mins while coming down can be a lot less.
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 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.
It is one of the most visited sites in Aspen, Colorado and absolutely worth the drive or the effort.
Looking down at Maroon Lake (above). Another view of the Maroon Bells from the trail head (below).
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.
A 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!
More pictures of the pristine lake. At least appears pristine…
I would have still been the last man on the trail had it not been for the inclement weather advisory (thunderstorm with lightning) that forced climbers off the mountain. But at an elevation gain of 6700 ft in 6.2 miles, Mt Adam summit hike stands my most gruesome hike to date, especially since the roughly 6000+ ft gain Piker’s peak aka false summit was covered in one go. Average time to the real summit stands at 480-720 minutes.
Just one suggestion, trek light and watch every extra pound you pack. At 30 odd lbs (how and why is a tragedy), I slowed myself down considerably.
That calls for another attempt…
An amazing hike awaits you in the Three Sisters wilderness. The Tam McArthur Rim Trail hike starts at Three Creek Lake and continues for around 4 miles onto the Broken Top trail. You have a clear view of Three Sisters and Broken Top at 3.5 miles. It gains an elevation of roughly 1700-1800 ft at the tallest point on the trail. It takes around 90-120 mins (times may vary) for an average hiker. The views (above) further up from the summit of an unmaintained trail are simply stunning. At an elevation of 8000 odd feet, be ready for snowfields as late as July.
You get clear views of the Three Creek Lake (above) and Mt Bachelor (below) along the trail. The trail climbs quickly, then relaxes a bit with a very gradual gradient and then steps up again.
You reach a cliff (below, visible from the lake) at 1250 feet and around 2.5 miles into the trail beyond which the trail is not maintained. I camped 0.5 mile further up from this point for a night and came across fresh cougar paw marks in the snow fields on the route ahead. Beware this is bear country.
Panorama at clarity of a 50mm fixed lens for amateurs interested in orology.