Zion NP - Taylor Creek Trail
One of the few official trails in the Kolob Canyons section of Zion NP. An easy 5-mile roundtrip with a great reward at the end : Double Arch Alcove.See also our blog at http://kalaman0032maa2014.blogspot.com/
South Kaibab Trail (Cedar Ridge)
The South Kaibab Trail begins south of Yaki Point on Yaki Point Road.
Access to the trailhead is by shuttle bus (Kaibab Trail Route). Offers
day hikes that range in distance up to 6 miles (round trip). Best views
for a relatively short hike. Steep trail, no water, little shade. The hike begins with a steep descent through the Grand Canyon's upper rock layers: the Kaibab Limestone and Toroweap Formation. At about 1/2 mile one can observe an excellent example of a pustule dome. Here a small deposit of less dense more buoyant evaporite has punctured through a layer of harder limestone above. Through the first ¾ mile, the trail cuts through the eastern side of Pipe Creek Canyon until Ooh-ahh Point,
where the canyon walls turn around Yaki Point and the view of the
eastern canyon opens up. The point is named after a common reaction to
the view.From Ooh-ahh Point the trail turns around a few switchbacks in a natural break in the Coconino Sandstone
until Cedar Ridge, where the trail begins to level off slightly. Cedar
Ridge has toilet facilities and offers a place for hikers and mule
trains to rest.
Chesler Park - Canyonlands NP
A fantastic hike in a fairytale winter landscape. A whole day all alone, just the three of us. The plan was to go also to Druid Arch but a Ranger we met before we came at the Elephant Hill Trailhead warned us that the last 500 feet might be very dangerous and maybe even impassable due to ice. We didn't take the risk and decided to do the hike to Druid Arch next April (2014).Please feel free to check our blog of this great day at http://kalaman0032dec2013.blogspot.be/2013/12/23-12-2013-moab-chesler-park.html. There you find also a link to our Flickrpage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalaman0032/sets/72157640343309756/)
a rather easy hike to a very remarkable place, the False Kiva. Do pay attention to the waypoints, because otherwise there is a big chance you will end at the edge of the cliff...200 meters above False Kiva...Please do respect that ancient place, leave everything intact and do not leave any trash.you can find a lot more pictures on our blog at http://kalaman0032dec2013.blogspot.be/2013/12/22-12-2013-dead-horse-sp-canyonlands-np.html
A day arround The Wave - Coyote Buttes North
For the second time in 8 months we won The Lottery for this hike to The Wave, an iconic spot in the Coyote Buttes North.For a complete report, please feel free to check our blog at http://kalaman0032dec2013.blogspot.be/2013/12/18-12-2013-wave.html.The blog is in Dutch, but there is a Google-translate button.If you only want to see the pictures, you can check our Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalaman0032/sets/72157639826519055/ and/or Dermandar http://www.dermandar.com/user/kalaman0032/
Trail to Mauchelealm - Zaunhof Hairlach
A moderate long and steep route to Mauchele Alm (1830m). Start from Zaunhof Moosbrücke (1266m) and follow the signs uphill the paved road. After some switchbacks you will reach Rehwald. From there the road goes over into a dirt road. It's about 400m up in elevation from this point. The road is in some sections very steep and long stretches are in the sun so keep that in mind. After 1hr you will finally reach the Alm. From here you can take multiple routes that will take you further up in the mountains. We took the shortest route down to Boden. Be careful, though, because this path is in some sections extremely steep downhill! Especially the sections between the trees is very dangerous because the underground is quite loose and soft. It's about 45min. until you reach Boden.
Trail to Mandarfen via Taschachhaus.
A long and moderate hike to the Taschachhaus. You first have to take the Rifflsee Bergbahn to the Rifflsee. From here you will take the Fuldaer Höhenweg all the way until you reach the Taschachhaus. It's about 8.8km to the Hütte. About 1.5km before you reach the Hütte you have to make a moderate detour because a recent landslide destroyed a big part of the old route. The new route climbs very quickly uphill, making it a moderate ascent. When you arrive at the Hütte you can enjoy the wonderful scenery. When you're ready to leave again, the path follows a quick route down the remains of the glacier. Again you have to make a moderate detour via a very steep moraine. After that the path follows an easy route down to the base of the cargo cable car station of the Hütte. From there the path follows a well-maintained dirt road to Mandarfen.
Trail to Mittelberg via Mittagskogel.
A very difficult and dangerous hike to Mittelberg. The trail to the Mittagskogel is not that hard, it's the part from the Mittagskogel to Mittelberg that is very difficult. The hike to the Mittagskogel is very rewarding when you reach the summit; you'll be rewarded with a 360° view of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. You can then take the new route back down until you reach the junction with the route to Mittelberg and the route back to where you came from. The route to Mittelberg is marked as "Only for experienced hikers", well now I can only agree with that statement. Not only is the first kilometer extremely steep, it's also a very dangerous descent. Basically the trail consists only of loose rock and steep grades. So this trail is ONLY for experienced hikers! Then it gets a bit better but when you take the final descent to Mittelberg it only gets even worse. The trail is not maintained anymore which results in very narrow paths which are completely overgrown with grasses and plants. This section is again very dangerous and extremely steep. You can twist your ankle very easy here so be very careful and take your time! Another obstacle you'll encounter are the roots of the trees that you'll come across near the end of the trail. You'll be happy when you finally reach the end of the trail :)
A scenic loop that takes you to the Plodersee. The first part is relatively easy, it just follows the Rifflsee until you get at the junction with the Riffelsee loop (left) and to the Plodersee (right). From here the path gets harder, both from the moderate and constant ascent and from the uneven terrain; the path is full of little and large rocks. Be carefull when hiking in wet conditions, the rocks can be very slippery! After a while the route turns left, up the side of a mountain. This section is quite easy as it stays relatively flat. After about 20-30 min. you reach the Plodersee, a small alpine lake. You can then either take the ski slope back down or follow the marked (and tracked) path. Please note that the 'Shortcut' waypoint should not be followed as it goes off-path. We had to take this route because of severe weather conditions. I recommend that you follow the path and the signs back to the Rifflsee.
Hike to Stuibenwasserfall.
A short but moderate hike to the Stuibenwasserfall. I recommend to start this hike from the Jerzens Feuerwehr bus stop, this way the ascent is a lot easier. It's around 40 min. to the falls and 20 min. back down.