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This trail is recommended from April to November. Hard to walk with ice and snow. It's a cooling hike on a hot summer day deep in the forest. More spectacular from April to June with the higher water level. The Waterfall is a trickle only end of summer.
Where to Stay
There is one hotel along the trail which is famous for their outstanding meals and included breakfast. We'd been here in the hotel Schmausemühle a couple of times. Book your room in advance especially at weekends. It's a family-run hotel and often pretty busy. If you stay here, you can start hiking from the hotel.
Recommended from April to October. We prefer May/June less crowded and hot and the autumn foliage. Important to know are the timetables for the guided tours to the slate mine and the reconstructed Celtic settlement. Attached is a picture with the time of the guided tours.
Usually from March to November. However, one highlight are the two Kneipp basins for water-treading. To enjoy these higher temperatures are recommended: May until September.
Mid-June until early September are the most pleasant months for hiking and seeing the spectacular scenic cliffs. However, it gets very crowded up there. Read on for our detailed description of weather conditions, how to avoid the crowds and a full guide with must-know tips and up-to-date information.
Spring (late March, April, May): It’s still snow season (hiking tours with snowshoes). A guided tour is recommended. Sometimes groups who hiked in April on their own, had to turn around: Freezing, too much snow and trail markings (red ‘T’s) were snow covered. In May many visitors report that the hike is doable alone but still challenging due to the snow.
Summer (June, July August, until mid-September): Peak season! The best weather and terrain conditions are from mid-June until early September. The trail is well marked and can be done without guides. The downside is the crowds at Trolltunga and on the trail as well. At the cliffs, it’s not unlikely to wait in the queue for 1-2 hours until you can take your photos.
Autumn (mid-September until mid-October): Already a high chance of new snow and rough weather. Guided tours are highly recommended. Recently in late September, a group had to be rescued by the Red Cross before they would have frozen to death. They went in bad weather. If you want to go alone: Check weather conditions constantly, listen to the locals and prepare with the right gear and clothing.
Winter (Mid-October - mid-March): Off-season! DANGER, extremely rough conditions. Life-threatening even for experienced hikers.
Avoiding the Crowds
You have three viable options to dodge crowds on the trail as well as avoiding long waiting times to take a photo at Trolltunga:
Start very early around 6 AM or even better at 5 AM. (If you want to drive the new road (see below), be in Skjeggedal at 6 a.m. when the road 'opens') Hikers who start at 5 AM and arrive around 9 AM usually only see a fewothers up there, even in July / August. You’ll only wait less than 15 minutes to take your photos, compared to an hour!
Bring a tent for camping and stay overnight. That way you can experience a quiet sunset and sunrise without the crowds of day hikers.
Go in shoulder season, either April/May or Sept/Oct. Rougher conditions but fewer people.
Sweet Spot Months
Try the sweet spot time between EARLY JUNE until MID-JUNE: Still, some snow on the ground but no guide needed. Mostly pleasant conditions and much less crowded than in late June, July, and August.
To escape the heat, spring and fall are the best times for hiking. In summer, it is oven-like and can get well above 100°F (38°C) and on the other side thunderstorms occur. If you go in midsummer avoid long hikes. Snow and ice can be an issue in winter unless that's what you’re looking for but mind, half of the annual rainfall comes during the winter.
This trail is not as popular as Angels Landing or The Narrows, the reason that it's less busy. However, start early to get shade along the exhausting switchbacks.
Avoiding Tourist Crowds:
Peak months are June to August. Fewer hikers in spring and fall. Very quiet in December, January, February but bear in mind road or trails can be closed. However, you can avoid crowds year-round by starting your hike or exploration right after sunrise. At that time, you’ll have the park almost for yourself. Most visitors don’t start before 10 a.m.
In the morning, there is also a better chance of spotting wildlife and the best light for photos.
From March to October you have to take the shuttle bus, cars are not permitted. From November to February you can park your car at a small parking lot at the trailhead. The scenic drive in Zion can be closed at weekends in February and shuttle bus transportation has to be taken. Check shuttle bus schedule for each season first, includes maps and hiking trail information.
In May, high chance for spectacular wildflowers along the trail, especially in Echo Canyon.
Sweet Spot Months:
The best months with usually good weather and less crowds than during peak months are: March/April and October/November.
Hiking in the Cradle Mountain National Park is very popular throughout the year. However, in the winter you have to deal with snow, and despite more pleasant temperatures in the summer, the weather is even more unpredictable. During the summer pretty busy with higher accommodation rates.
Snow in winter usually from July to September with an average day temp of 6°C / 43°F. It can get even colder and freezing during the night (below 0°C). Once we had snow in November and 0°C / 32°F while hiking. More stable weather from December to April with warmer temperatures. The warmest months are January and February, while the coldest months are July and August. Anyhow, the weather is unpredictable. Be prepared for 4 seasons in one day even in summer. Wildflowers are abundant during spring and early summer. In autumn from late April to May autumn colors are ranging from gold to deep red.
It's one of the most popular National Parks in Tassie. In winter it's low season without any crowds. During summer it's busy with visitors from around the world, especially at Dove Lake. There is one car park at Dove Lake and one at Ronny Creek. Arriving early is recommended, otherwise, shuttle buses have to be taken from the Visitor Center or the Interpretation Center. For National Park Pass holders; the shuttle bus is for free. The last bus leaves Dove Lake in the afternoon. Rangers close the gate before it gets too crowded. Longer and more strenuous hikes are less busy. Enjoy a more peaceful hike and start in the early morning. It gets less busy again in the late afternoon. Peak season lasts from October/November until April.