Höga Kustenleden (Skuleskogen)

Skuleskogen Panorama

Skuleskogen Panorama

After hiking north along the coastal trail of Skuleskogen National Park, we turned south after lunch at Éntre Nord (North Entrance) onto the Höga Kustenleden (High Coast Trail), which passes further inland through the park. The snow in the northern section of the park along with varied scenery along the High Coast Trail, weaving along streams and up through forests, provided a nice change of scenery.

*Skuleskogen park map with our route

Waterfall on the High Coast Trail

Waterfall… with that smile/pose, you’d almost think he’d made it himself

Melting snow on the High Coast Trail

Melting snow

More and more spring snow in Skuleskogen

More and more spring snow…

About a third of the way along the High Coast Trail to the South Entrance, we reached Tärnättvatten lakes – two beautiful higher elevation lakes with a lingering surface of ice.

Skuleskogen Panorama

Skuleskogen Panorama

Ice melting on Tärnättvatten lake

Ice melting on Tärnättvatten lake

Hut on Tärnättvatten lake

Hut on Tärnättvatten lake

There were a couple park huts (free on first come basis) along the lakes, the red one above literally only feet from the water.

As we were making our way to Slättdalskrevan, an amazing gorge in the middle of the park, we were laughing among ourselves at other travels we’d met who said they had to turn around at the gorge due to the amount of snow. Priding ourselves on the ease we felt on the trail while carry our large and full backpacks, for lack of better words, we put our foot in our mouth once we actually reached Slättdalskrevan and had a couple ‘oh shit’ moments.

Snow near and in Slättdalskrevan

Snow near and in Slättdalskrevan… whoops (photographer was annoyed with my request to capture the moment)

The gorge was indeed magnificent, and the 5+ feet of snow with rushing water beneath was slightly disconcerting once we accidently discovered it. Multiple times.

Approaching Slättdalskrevan from below (North Entrance)

Approaching Slättdalskrevan from below (North Entrance)

Looking up from Slättdalskrevan

Looking up from Slättdalskrevan

On the other side of Slättdalskrevan are wooden stairs leading out, with a small trail leading up to panoramic views of Skuleskogen, Tärnättvatten lakes, and the Baltic Sea.

Exiting Slättdalskrevan

Exiting Slättdalskrevan

Grrr....!

Grrr….! Ben’s custom version of blue steel

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4 Comments

  1. mathew
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 19:10:57

    Hi! Love seeing the photos of your visit. Can you tell me how big the park is? I am visiting there to go hiking and camping in May, what kind of temperatures will there be?

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    • admin
      Mar 31, 2015 @ 17:48:03

      Thanks Matthew, glad you enjoyed the photos! I’m not sure exactly how big the park is, but referencing this annotated map (http://happyspooner.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/skuleskogen-map-our-route.jpg), you can hike from point 1 to 3 in a day. The weather is hard to predict… there was still a lot of snow in early May, especially by the pass (point 4 on the map), but with proper shoes we were fine. The days are quite long in May, and if I remember correctly, on our first day the temps were in the 30s (F) and on the second day into the 40s (F). Weather can vary dramatically from week to week so I would bring layers. We were very comfortable camping and wood piles were well stocked to make a fire (there are also huts). Hope this helps!

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  2. Roger Bunyan
    Jun 17, 2015 @ 15:06:01

    Hi!
    I am writing an article about the High Coast Trail for Adventure Travel Magazine.
    Is there any chance I could use your ‘Skuleskogan Panorama’ picture with my article? If used then it would be credited to you.
    Many thanks. Great pictures!
    Roger Bunyan

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    • admin
      Jun 17, 2015 @ 15:11:16

      Hi Roger, sure! Let me know if you’d like me to email you a higher resolutions. Cheers, Karey

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