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Cerro Lopez Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,899' 1,188 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,687' 2,038 m
Low: 2,788' 850 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 28% (15°)
Max Grade: 75% (37°)

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A powerful trail that bursts through the forest up into the stark Andes.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

There are sections of Class 3 climbing.

Description

From the parking lot, start the trail in thick, lush forest. After a third of a mile, give your burning calves a break and take some photos of the waterfalls. The forest becomes drier, and the views begin to open up.

After another mile, you come to a stream crossing. Continue up some switchbacks until you finally arrive at the colorful Refugio Lopez (a classic South American mountain refuge). You can make arrangements to stay the night here - click here for more information on making reservations.

At 2.25 miles, you'll arrive a La Hoya (the pit), a small mountain lake. From here, the trail can get a bit more serious. Look for the spray-painted markings to tell you where to go up. Keep your head, and you are at the summit in no time. After taking in the spectacular views, simply return the same way that you came.

Flora & Fauna

Two types of Southern Beech trees, Patagonian cypress, condors.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed

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Nov 18, 2018
Max F
Great trail! Not too much snow at the top when we did it (11/18/18) - easily passable without snowshoes. Trails beyond refugio closed for snow. 2.7mi — 4h 00m
Dec 29, 2016
Ignacio Isasmendi
I arrived from Laguna negra. Camp in the López refuge and the next day go down to a Colonia Suiza
Sep 27, 2016
Lauren Renee Mitchell

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