Our third hike to the Seven Rila Lakes.
When I accidentally came upon a description of a trail, that passes through the area of the lakes, but is different from the one we've hiked, I immediately started planning our Saturday outing there, regardless of the weather forecasts. Because of the extreme hot and dry weather to the west and the east of our region, here in Bulgaria we are enjoying the coolest and wettest summer in years. And I do mean enjoy, at least husband and I are. I LOVE it cooler and rainier!
So, we knew it would probably rain and there might be clouds and fogs, but so what, we are getting used to the daily rains :)
We were actually pretty lucky, and the rain came just when we got back to the car late in the afternoon. The weather was calm and cool, with lots of fog/low clouds at 2600 m altitude, which made the scenery pretty, mysterious and probably a bit spooky at times. The new trail we had chosen proved to be very unpopular and we met almost no one in the fog, which contributed both to the spookiness but also to the serenity of the experience.
:Starting along the winter trail to the 7-lakes Hut
: The first of the Seven lakes
: Taking the detour from the usual trail - up to Haramiyata Peak and the Green Ridge
: A view back to the second lake and the two huts
: As we climbed up by Haramiyata Peak, the fog was so dense, that we couldn't see the peak. This is the first of the Panitzite lakes. It was so atmospheric: no sound, no vision, no one, just us and the lake
: By the Panitzite lake
: Finally the clouds moved and we could see the lake and the peaks we had passed
: On the Green Ridge - views to the other ridges of the mountain, Haramiyata Peak and the Kidney lake
:On the other side of the ridge - the beautiful Urdini lakes
: Along the Green Ridge and the pyramid of the Green Peak
: So funny - no visibility and clouds on the one side of the ridge, lakes and peaks on the other
: Predela - the place where lots of major Rila trails cross
: From Predela our trail followed down the more popular path by the Seven lakes - this is the Seventh lake - the Eye Drop and the Lake peak, covered in clouds. There was absolutely no view from the Lake peak this time - just white clouds.
: A strange bird on the Lake peak
: The Eye - my most favourite of all Rila lakes. We stayed there for a while to enjoy the view, the waterfall and the deep blue color of the water.
: While we were by the lake we heard two consecutive thunders, like gun shots - the snow packs by the edge of the lake had cracked. This must be the way this piece of snow/ice has appeared, broken from the edge.
: Three of the other lakes in the fog
: The Kidney and the Sunny meadow, not so sunny this time