9.22.07 – Hike from Gimmelwald to the glacier field

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We began our hike today at Gimmelwald. We took the tram down from Mürren to Gimmelwald for the start. The first part of the hike was on a very wide, smooth road that eventually narrowed.

The trail for today followed the Sefinen river  up to its source at the Kilchbalm Glacier. There were many waterfalls along the way, as the river made its way down to the Lauterbrunnen Valley. We only took pictures of a couple on this hike (see pics above).

           

As we  followed the river up the Sefinen valley, we were in a forest a quite a bit of the time, but there was a lot of pasture for the cows to roam.

           

The trail was very well marked and fun for a last day's hike. We could see the glacier in the distance as we forged our way upriver.

           

We tried to take photos of something other than the snow covered peaks all around us.

           

There was actually some evidence of fall color.

           

The trail was not too steep except in the glacier field. There you can hike up to the waterfall and ice caves.

           

The glacier field was eerie, with colored rock, snow, and waterfalls from the snow melt.

     

There were rocks everywhere. Of course the river washed them all the way down to the Lauterbrunnen valley.

     

Some people piled the rocks quite artistically - rock castles instead of sand castles.

     

The valley we hiked was sometimes more like a gorge with its high rock walls on both sides.

     

Judith loved the bridges across the river.