Posted a question on another forum but didn't get a response about when the 7 Rila lakes trail would be significantly clear of snow for hiking. My wife and I are planning to vacation in Bulgaria next year. We intend to rent a car in Sofia and hike the 7 Rila lake trail, go rafting and visit the Rila Monastery and hike to Stobs Pyramid. We would like to avoid the summer tourist crowds. When will the trail be significantly clear of snow to allow us to hike? Is there a way other than the chairlift to get to the hike starting point (I'm not comfortable on a chairlift)? There was reference to 4 wheel drive vehicles that could be hired on a forum post. We are able to hike up to the starting point if it's only another couple of kms. Is there anything else in the area that you would recommend that we see or do?