Daily Miles: 8
Total Miles: 196
We had a really good night of sleep, even with a lot of folks getting up early to hike Triglav. With our earplugs in, we didn’t hear any noise. We seemed to be among the last hikers to get going, even though we left at 8am, which is early for us.
It was overcast this morning, which was really nice since we had a climb of several thousand feet to start the day. We hiked up to a pass which we could see for quite awhile. The trail was pretty good, with a bit of loose scrambling at the top. There were a few cables near the top which we used to help pull ourselves up.
At the pass, we stopped for a nice break and enjoyed the views. Once we were up in the alpine zone again, the views were pretty spectacular. So many sheer rock faces all around. The mountains are very rugged here and sometimes we are surprised where they will make trails.
Before entering the national park, Beardoh had hoped that the trails would be in better condition in the park, especially since it is so popular. SweetPea was skeptical, but we were both pleasantly surprised today with the quality of the trail.
Once we left the saddle, the trail was so well constructed. Just the fact that it was constructed at all was a big improvement, but in addition, there were a lot of switchbacks and the trail was shored up in many places where it otherwise would be crumbling. The trail was a comfortable width and the walking was some of the best of the trip.
Having such great trails in addition to the great views made for an awesome day. The time went by quickly and as we came around a bend, we could see a black nub in a rocky saddle a ways off…that would be our hut for the night. We got to our hut pretty early (just before 2pm). We sat at the picnic tables outside the hut for a bit, but it was windy and cold and we eventually headed into the dining room to warm up.
We hung out in the dining room for a few hours, chatting with Leah until we were allowed to check in at 4pm. Tonight we are sleeping in a large bunk room (15 beds). When we reserved our spots, this big room was the only thing left…no private room tonight. We have been very lucky getting a private room all but one other night. We have reserved private rooms for the rest of the trip, so we can deal with this one night.
The hut tonight is very full. The dining room was very busy at dinner time. Many people here either just finished hiking Triglav or will hike it tomorrow.
This hut does not have running water. As we were getting close to the hut, we saw a few workers about a quarter mile of more from the hut at a cave. It seems they were collecting buckets of ice and snow from the cave to use in the kitchen. We saw several guys walking back with a yoke on their shoulders and a bucket of ice hanging from each end of the yoke.
Our stretch of perfect weather is coming to a close and there are supposed to by thunderstorms for at least the first half of tomorrow. It has already started to rain a bit this evening, but tomorrow doesn’t look great. We have about six hours of hiking planned for tomorrow, so we’ll see how much of the rain we can avoid.