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One of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done. We got to the chairlift right when it opened (runs 9am-5:30) and only saw a few other groups on this hike. You start out with an uphill climb but then there are lots of areas that are quite flat. The lakes are absolutely stunning. The view where you can see three of them at different heights feels otherworldly! In October, it was chilly but sunny so layers are best and good hiking boots are required as there were wet and snowy parts. Keep in mind there are a few ways to do this and easy places to head back to the chairlift if you don’t want to tackle all 7!

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19 days ago

Very nice trail. Well marked. It took us almost 5 hours, not the 3 to 4 they say is common, but we are seniors and move slowly. The footing is rocky and challenging in places-- poles recommended.

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1 month ago

Wonderful hike. The views are magnificent. Take the chairlift up from the parking lot. It is definitely a challenging hike but well worth it. The first five lakes are less challenging than the hike to the other two. The weather varied a lot (went in September) so be prepared. There were a decent amount of other people on the trail.

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1 month ago

We did the out and back peak instead of the full loop. Very tough trail with a bunch of vertical. Last half mile before the summit is a lot of good scrambling. Well marked with red and white striped markers throughout the trail. Lots of people climbing it at the end of August and a bit chilly at the top.

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1 month ago

awesome views

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

Difficult hike, but worth it! Recommended for good hikers. The road accessing vikhren hut is closed from 9am until 4pm so if you arrive in between, you have to add a 2km walk to join the hut. Starting from the hut, we chose to do the tour from the west side, giving a continuous climb (quite hard). Juste after the peak, we had then a big descent with chains to securize your path. The last part of the hike is then less difficult. The other way is also possible, you will just begin The hike is feasible in 6-7 hours. Enjoy! Bonus : when you go down the road, the restaurant near the "do not enter" sign will be of great recomfort!

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2 months ago

Very beautiful lakes and surrounding area. I suggest not to go on weekends, because it might be too crowded for a peaceful hike.

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rocky
3 months ago

Very scenic hike. Steep in the beginning, towards the 7th lake, and on the descent back down. In between there are easier parts. If it rained recently, expect mud on the way down. You must either take the ski lift up (12LV one way) or hike up an additional 1700FT~ from the parking lot below. We hiked down to the lift, and it took about 50 minutes. The road is particularly rocky and steep in the beginning but evens out.

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3 months ago

Good weather allowed a quick loop out and back in three hours. Allow an extra hour for up and down from the carpark by chairlift. Amazing views, quite busy with walkers of all as fes and abilities. A little confused with the trail directions on the return to the chairlift - I'm glad to say I wasnt the only one.

Great hike and beautiful scenery. The climb to the 7th lake is very steep with much exposure. The summit above lake 7 is not "moderate". The rest of the trail is moderate.

Highly recommend

rocky
7 months ago

Very beautiful trail!

Spectacular scenery! We walked this trail in June. Had to cross snow to reach the Sixth Lake.

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Definitely would recommend this hike. It's really two parts, the first easy and flat and the second a very difficult hike up the wooded side of the hill. Lots of trail searching but a spectacular view from the top and really interesting and enormous rocks, as if they've been placed there on purpose. Here's more detail: If you want to feel like a villager on a hike, this is the trail. It's an old goat path that has fairly recently been marked and added to an official list of points of interest. The trail is fairly well marked with signs pointing the way, blue and white blazes, red and white plastic ties on trees, and sometimes yellow spray paint on trees and rocks. Occasionally, though, you'll find yourself at a marker looking for the path, because the path itself is almost non-existent. My wife and I had several times where we had to look around for a minute to find which direction we were supposed to go. We always managed to find it no problem in the end. The first section is on a flat dirt path, but the real fun starts when you leave the path. There is an incredibly steep climb for around a mile with almost no visible path (even though this part is very well marked and easy to navigate), meaning you're clutching on to trees and rocks for support. The view from the top, however, is breathtaking and certainly worth it. There is even a spot for a tent behind the rocks, so overnight camping is possible and recommended.

Friday, August 31, 2018

I <3 Rila!

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