Torres del Paine is located in Southern Patagonia and is one of the numerous spectacular national parks in Chile. It was created in 1959 and UNESCO has listed the location as a Biosphere Reserve since 1978. This place is a wonderland for nature enthusiasts from all over the world.
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Extreme Hiking / Hiking in Mount Shasta, Redding, California USA
Mount Shasta is inside Shasta – Trinity National Forest and the second highest volcano in the Cascade Range. It is the perfect place for hiking. The trails offer spectacular scenery and occasionally a sight of many wild animals such as bears, deer and eagles.
Most trails are round trips, but trails, listed as strenuous are better to be hiked, only if you are in a very good physical condition. You can find short hikes (15-45 minutes long). Some of the short hikes are John Everitt Vista Point, an easy 20 minutes and 0.5 mi/0.8 km hike, with 5000 to 5100 ft/1524 to 1554 m elevation and Panther Meadow Loop, an easy 45 minutes and 1.5 mi/2.4 km hike, with 7500 to 7900 ft/2286 to 2408 m elevation.
Medium hike (1-2 hours) is Old Ski Bowl Trail, an easy 1 hour (varies), 1 mi/1.6 km hike, with 7800 ft/2377 m elevation. Longer hikes (2 hours or more) are Bunny Flat Trail, a moderate to strenuous 3-4 hours, 4.5 mi/7.2 km hike, with 6900 to 7900 ft/2103 to 2408 m elevation, Send Flat Trail, a strenuous 3 hours, 4 mi/6.4 km hike, with 6800 to 7900 ft/2073 to 2408 m elevation, Grey Butte Trail, a moderate 3 hours, 3 mi/4.8 km trail, with 7600 to 8000 ft/2316 to 2438 m elevation and Squaw Meadows Trail, a 4-5 hours, 4 mi/6.4 km trail, with 7600 to 7800 feet/2316 to 2377 m elevation.
There are also day hikes on Horse Camp, Whitney Falls and Clear Creek. Hike season starts from early April until late October, depending on weather conditions and snow.