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Distance

7.12 mi

Elevation gain

2,028 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

2,028 ft

Max elevation

9,755 ft

Trailrank

56 4.7

Min elevation

8,428 ft

Trail type

Loop

Moving time

3 hours 20 minutes

Time

6 hours 24 minutes

Coordinates

2047

Uploaded

August 15, 2019

Recorded

August 2019
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9,755 ft
8,428 ft
7.12 mi

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near Demirkapı, Trabzon (Türkiye)

The trail starts at Balıklı Göl. The road to the starting point is somewhat rocky but sufficiently stabilized for a car ride. I strongly suggest that you follow the panoramic cliffside path while ascending. Karagol is breathtakingly beautiful with crystal clear water. An intensely steep cliff is intimidating the passerby. Amazing overhead view of Karagol from the summit.

I haven’t found a water fund but the locals said that the water from the lake is drinkable. I strongly doubt that it is fairly safe, so take sufficient amount of supplies before you start. You can refill your water at starting point.
Car park

Start

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You can park your vehicle here and start the trail.
Lake

Balıklı Göl

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The first lake is fairly close to the road where we would park our vehicle. Meet Hasan Usta and enjoy a cup of tee.
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Balıklı Göl

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Waypoint

Rock Formation

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Based on the information I gathered from the local folk, these circular rock formations are built by shepherds to “park” a small herd.
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Panorama

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Hillside panoramic view. Strongly suggest that you take this path to climb to Karagol.
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Lake

Karagol

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We arrive at Karagol. A view from atop the hillside.
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Karagöl

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The Pink Plant

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This (name unknown to me) pink plant was picturesquely standing in front of the view.
Lake

Break

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Water is so clear that you crave to drink from it. Please don’t litter. P.S: the water is incredibly cold to be able to take a swim (at least for me).
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Little lake

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Frogs in the lake.
River

A Small River

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The excess amount of water from the lake forms a small river.
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Cliff

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The photos are not descriptive enough but the cliff is seriously intense. The wind is also strong from time to time, so I wouldn’t suggest getting too close.
Waypoint

Stuck Rock

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A lonely rock stuck behind two large rocky bodies.
Lake

Hidden Lake

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Nameless small lake hidden inside the mountain side.
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Nameless Lake

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Cucumber brake. Stay hydrated.
Summit

Karagol View

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My personal summit for this trail. Would like to continue but didn’t want to risk it. The view is amazing and the lake is breathtaking.
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Cliffside Terrace

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The Herd

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I have encountered the herd passing. Played my bansuri flute to the animals. Some of them enjoyed the music, I guess...
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Small Lakes

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The starting point is now visible again.

2 comments

  • Photo of jackalopecuk

    jackalopecuk Aug 17, 2019

    Nice 💕

  • Photo of kobah

    kobah Aug 29, 2019

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Amazing hike! The lakes are beautiful

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