Liechtensteinklamm at the entrance to Grossarltal in St. Johann im Pongau is one of the deepest and longest gorges in the Alps. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the mighty thunder of the waterfall, by the lush green of the moss-covered rocks and the fine mists of water that conjure up rainbows.
Set out on a walk along safe wooden boardwalks through the gorge, which takes around 45 minutes one way. Our tip: Since you are bound to get wet inside the Liechteinsteinklamm, we recommend saving this trip for a day when the weather is not quite so marvelous. Unless, of course, you are looking for a pleasant way to cool down on a hot summer’s day.
GEOLOGY OF THE LIECHTENSTEINKLAMM: Totaling 4,000 meters, this gorge is one of the longest in the Alps, with around 1,000 meters accessible to visitors. The rock walls of the gorge are as much as 300 meters deep. At some points, the gorge is just a few meters wide. At the end of the gorge, a waterfall thunders towards the valley below.
The Breitachklamm is a gorge created by the river Breitach in the Allgäu region in Southern Germany. It is located at the exit of the Kleinwalsertal near Tiefenbach, a city district of Oberstdorf. It is one of the deepest gorges of the Bavarian Alps and the deepest rocky gorge of Central Europe.
Every year around 300.000 visitors walk the 2.5 km long path through the gorge. The upper entrance of the Breitachklamm is located near the Walserschanz in Austria, with limited parking space, whereas the lower one in Oberstdorf-Tiefenbach offers a visitor center and ample parking. The Breitachklamm was formed only during the last 10,000 years after the Würm ice age. Glaciers had eroded soft rocks, and hard rocks remained. When the glaciers had melted, the Breitach river had to grind its way through the hard rocks, over a distance of 2.5 km and up to 150 metres (490 ft) deep.
Stretching from France all the way down to Slovenia, Europe’s most majestic mountain range encompasses eight countries. Wanderlust Alps charts the region’s most treasured routes and guides the reader every step of the way. Aimed at those with an appetite for adventure, this book offers a rich mix of treks for hikers who wish to brave the elements.
Through enlightening maps, first-hand tips, and breathtaking photography, Wanderlust Alps illustrates why the range’s craggy peaks and verdant plains make it an outdoor playground in any season. Expect dazzling content to inspire hikers of any experience and skill level, stunning landscape photography, and helpful hints and information on how best to enjoy more than 50 epic trails.
Alex Roddie is an active backpacker, mountaineer, and climber with over 15 years of outdoor experience. Based in England, he works as an editor, writer, and photographer for outdoor-related print publications and online media. Wanderlust Europe was released by gestalten in 2020.
Where tremendous glaciers once covered the land, today one of Austria’s most astonishing spectacles of nature awaits amazed visitors. The gorge in Kaprun combines breathtaking beauty with mystical scenery and experiences that leave lasting memories.
Some 14,000 years ago, during the late ice age, a glacier completely covered the valley of Kaprun and gorged its way through the calcareous schist rocks of the Maiskogel and the Bürgkogel mountains. When the glacier melted, it left behind a gorge through which the river Ache of Kaprun ran. The river dug itself 32 metres deep into the ground and left behind strikingly smooth surfaces and natural whirlpools. Visitors move along narrow rock faces across wooden catwalks and numerous other bridges. Make sure not to miss the white water spectacle of Kaprun’s Ache River!
Cache lake is a small and picturesque lake at the base of Electric Peak in the Gallatin BMA area of the park, and it is a short, roughly 12-mile round-trip hike to the lake and back.
This is a nice day hike that most people can do if you want to try experiencing the backcountry. You will see other people and horses on this hike but you can also see wildlife, including bears, if you hike the right way. I saw lots of grizzly tracks and saw a black bear on this hike. This hike is around 13 miles round trip and only about 1,000 vertical feet elevation gain. There is water all along this hike.
Hiking over the Alps with a donkey had been Lotta Lubkoll’s childhood dream. Following a tragic loss, she decided to make it come true: Together with Jonny the donkey, she hiked over the alps from Munich, Germany to Italy’s Adriatic Coast. The trek – around 600 kilometers – lasted 80 days, and turned the two travelling companions into the best of friends. That was just the beginning: In December of 2020 they set off again, to Portugal. Find out why a donkey is the ideal travel partner!
Waimea Falls, also known as Waihi Falls, is one of the more accessible falls on Oahu. It is located within Waimea Valley, which is a unique Hawaiian botanical garden within a significant cultural and archaeological site.
Mount Hollywood is a fantastic, short hike in the Griffith Park area of Los Angeles. The hike leaves from Griffith Observatory and it has some of the best views in the city as you make your way up. Along the way, be sure to stop and take in the views of the Hollywood Sign, Captains Roost and Griffith Observatory. Let me know what you think about this hike in the comments.
Curecanti National Recreation Area is a National Park Service unit located on the Gunnison River in western Colorado. Established in 1965, Curecanti National Recreation Area is responsible for developing and managing recreational facilities on three reservoirs, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Morrow Point Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir, constructed on the upper Gunnison River in the 1960s by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to better utilize the vital waters of the Colorado River and its major tributaries. A popular destination for boating and fishing, Curecanti offers visitors two marinas, traditional and group campgrounds, hiking trails, boat launches, and boat-in campsites. The state’s premiere lake trout and Kokanee salmon fisheries, Curecanti is a popular destination for boating and fishing, and is also a popular area for ice-fishing in the winter months.