Kirkwood Mountain Resort is a year round resort in Kirkwood, south of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California, USA. Kirkwood is at 33 mi/53 km south of South Lake Tahoe, on State Route 88 and it is surrounded by El Dorado National Forest.
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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Circuito Glaciar Grey Trail, Torres del Paine, Magallanes Chile
Waterfalls and rivers, Magellanic subpolar forests, pampas, mountains covered with permanent ice, granite peaks, meadows and glacier fed lakes await the outdoor adventurers to discover the wild and unique nature of Patagonia.
Circuito Glaciar Grey Trail starts from passing by the administrator area and hiking to Gray Glacier. You can follow the W or the Grand Cirquit trail to get there. An alternative way to reach the lake is by taking the Gray II boat, that sails from Hosteria Lago Gray, all the way up to the Glaciers face and actually hike on ice.
This amazing Patagonian ice field is a 131 ft/40 m tall ice wall, and it is 17 mi/28 km long. The lake has a milky blue color because of the glacial rock flour. This place is a very windy one and exposed to avalanches, so it is wise to take a guided tour, if visiting for the first time. The nature around you is overwhelming with outstanding ecosystems, different landscapes and rare flora and fauna, found nowhere else on the planet.
In every step you take, the views of this dramatic land take your breath away. You can hike this trail all year round, but the best time to visit Torres del Paine is between November and February. There are many campgrounds and refugios along the Circuito Glaciar Grey Trail, where you can spend the night.
Be very well prepared in regards with gear, food and clothing because the weather is unpredictable with high winds, rain showers, long hot days during summer, snow and everything else you may think of. Wind proof layers are the key.
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