Walking In The Rain

000_0548.JPGThis weekend I ventured out into the rain in the morning on a hike. The weather was perfect! and the trip was fun. It was all calm and quiet, and you could just hear the rain. For the benefit of other enthusiastic hikers, I am attaching the details as follows.

This trail overlooks Islamabad and Rawal Lake. It is an easy hike, gaining only a little over 200 ft (61 meters), and has a pleasant picnic spot at the end. At a brisk pace, the round trip can be done in an hour and a half; more leisurely hikers will need two hours.

000_0538.JPGThe hike begins off the Daman-i-Koh road. The trailhead is on the right side of the road, four miles (6.4 km) from the traffic light at Margalla road and 7 th Avenue and 1.6 miles (2.6 km) beyond Daman-i-Koh.

The trail begins at an altitude of 2900 ft (884 m). It is initially level. Fewer than 10 minutes after you begin, about one-third of a mile (half a kilometer) from the trailhead, the trail forks. Take the right fork. The trail is marked with green paint. (Another trail, marked with red arrows, goes left at the fork.) The trail continues gradually down, looking down at a canyon and village north of Margalla Road. After 20-30 minutes, you will reach another fork eight-tenths of a mile ( 1.3 km) from the start. Take the left fork, going uphill. From here, the trail switchbacks up the hillside. After 20-30 minutes, as you climb past a terraced field, the trail turns to the right. A huge tree, with branches stretching completely over the path, provides welcome shade and a picnic place. The altitude is 3120 ft (951 m); you’ve come roughly 1.6 miles (2.5 km).

000_0536.JPGFollow the same path to the return of your car. The adventurous may climb to the top of a hill near the trailhead for a better view. That requires a steep climb, scrambling over rocks and tussocks of grass. There is no defined trail. Because of the difficulty — and the stickers — we do not recommend that children or people wearing shorts attempt this. This detour will add half an hour to your trip.

There is little shade on this path, so a hat and sunscreen are essential. Boots are recommended; the trail is quite rocky, especially in the last half mile leading to the big tree

2 Comments so far

  1. Black_Unicorn (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 4:54 am

    Hey Islooiites, does anyone know anyone who imported a car from US? I have seen videos of guys riding corvettes in Isloo, I am hoping to get in touch with any of them cause I am planning to import a sports car. Please email me at: grandam7m@yahoo.com if you know anyone or have any info. Thank You.

  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 11:44 pm

    **Being a picture lover – firstly you know what the pix are just so marvelous and you’ve almost spoiled them in thumbnail sizes :P

    And guess what I saw a cheeny in stilettos while hiking … lolz.

    And the walking sounds so interesting – why dont you take a video cam next time :P

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