After our camel trek, where we camped out in the Sahara desert near Merzouga, we continued south in Morocco toward the Atlas Mountains. We arrived in the town of Tinerhir, on the eastern side of the High Atlas. Here the Dades and Todgha rivers carve through the red mountain landscape to create the canyon known as the Todgha Gorge. While this area is most famous for rock climbing, a not-so-well marked trail winds up and down the canyon, offering a truly remarkable hiking loop around the gorge. Starting on the canyon floor in the mid-afternoon, we finished the hike to the top as the sun started to set over Tinerhir.

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