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Lake Rrowe Hinterlandbluehike

Summary: The area west of Petrele (or west of the Tirana - Elbasan road) is not an area really known for its touristic attraction. Life is hard for the farmers everywhere except in the fertile valleys of the Zhulima Valley. The entire area is subject to heavy erosion, which makes it difficult to eak out a living. For the adventurous hikers, many opportunities exist. None of the hikes is very easy, as most of them may pass steep drops, sometimes over slippery terrain. Route finding is always difficult - of course unless equipped with GPS.

The Hike: Also this hike qualifies - at least for a short stretch - as an erosion ramble. For some short stretches it follows village paths. Most of the trail, however, goes far into the hinterland, and trails tend to become overgrown or otherwise disused. However, the trail follows the main ridges, and with some preparation - and preferrably a GPS - one does not need to get lost.

Maximum altitude: 396  meter
Minimum altitude: 172 meter
Cumulative height: 266 meter
Cumulative length: 6.7  kilometers
Difficulty moderate
Time: 3 hours
Date of this record March  2013
Download GPS info: Lake Rrove

General location and approach: The hike starts at Rrove Lake. Reach the lake by driving from Tirana to Baldushk, and then to the lake. Or start from Petrele (see separate 4WD trail from Petrele to Elbasan). The circuit from Petrele to Rrove Lake and to Balldushk and back to Tirana does NOT require a 4WD or high clearance vehicle.

Other Information: You can easily combine this hike with climbing Korbit Mountain (see separate trail Kalofsh Mirë on Korbit Mountain).

GPS and trailmaps: The map and trailinformation is generated by wikiloc, based on GPS information collected from the actual hike. Waypoints can be downloaded to a GPS device from Wikiloc. If necessary, use GPSBabel to convert GPS data to different formats. For more hike descriptions by Palmtreetreeproduction, browse this website or visit Wikiloc and search for "Palmtreeproduction". You may also find nearby trails from other authors.

Google Earth: You may also view the trail in 3D when viewing it in Google Earth, which you need to have installed on your computer. The 3D perspective allows a good preview of gradients, steepness, possible views and is generally helpful when planning a trip.