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Jennifer Sprecher
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Totally worth it to hike than taking the lift up. Beautiful 360 views at the top!

Bill Durtler
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Hiking

I have never given a trail a one star review before so this is a first. The trail itself is incredibly dusty with a fine dust that gets in everywhere, including your lungs and eyes. And no sign of a view until you get to the top. While the view from there is good there are many better trails to chose from in the area.

Conio Sessa
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HikingScramble

This walk starts by taking the cable car and chair lift close to the ridge line. From there it is a difficult 3 miles. First with a mile long traverse across a rock field. The several descending scramble before reaching the refuge. Locals will tel you 3 or 4 hours. Our inexperienced group took over 6. This effort comes with wonderful views. This area is all open to the weather / sun. Leaving the refuge for the walk back to the cable car base the ground is generally good but the dirt is like talcum power. And just as slick. This is a long slog. Few views as rewards. Experience needed for thus hike.

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Sona Bhatti
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HikingBugsNo shadeRockyScramble

Started the trail between 9-10AM. Not much traffic to get up to the refugio. Expect steep climb up to the arroyo and beyond. Very rocky and sometimes having to scramble. Once you reach the road it is much less steep and easier. Again a steep incline up to the refugio. Amazing views throughout. Way back down was more crowded with hikers and given the steepness and gravel, expect a few slips and falls. Totally worth it!

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Conio Sessa
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Great views. Steep trail. Very slippery on the way down. Crowded on a Sunday afternoon. Busy on top due to chairlift.

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Maggie Louize
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Okay so this hike was amazing! We started at 10 and finished around 1830. There is no refugio so don’t get confused by the description on “AllTrailz”. The first bit of the trail you follow “laguna negra” and then you branch off to the left about a half hour in when you see the big sign and a fork in the road. The way up isn’t difficult, its a large gain in elevation so it’s a challenge but your in a shaded forest so it’s fine. When you get to the top the view is ridiculously beautiful. One of the best hikes I have ever done. There is a first lookout point and then you can climb a little higher to summit the mountain with a beautiful 360 degree view. Amazing. If you don’t have good knees go back the way you came. Otherwise the trail starts marking red dots to a second peak and then a steep, and sunny scramble down the mountain. The way down was hard. You are constantly looking for red dots so you don’t get lost. At the end the trails isnt maintained and we ended up jumping a fence to the road because we missed the trail somewhere. Overall I am soooo glad that we did this hike, the town (colonial Suiza) at the bottom is amazing. Good food, cheap camping at the lake and craft markets. Enjoy!

Conio Sessa
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Hiking

This is a great easy hike with the last half mike a bit steep. Well worth the effort. There is a lot of parking on the street right where the trail enters the trees. This avoids the short road walk. We started around 10 am on a very nice Saturday in February. Very little traffic until we headed down. No one to obstruct views.

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martin godard
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Hiking

Superbe vu sur le sommet. Belle randonnée à proximité de Bariloche.

Simon Gresswell
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Walking

Great walk through ancient woodlands to lake beach, with some regeneration area in the middle. Well marked and easy to follow route. Good for families with lure of swim in lake. Start early to avoid the crowds. We started 9:30 and no one else. Photos are in reverse order from end to start

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Sam Williams
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did this hike yesterday, amazing view from the top and will take almost a day to complete,

Fabian Uljee
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HikingBlowdown

Fine, if you want to save some bucks and not do the cableway (500 pesos). Bit slippery with sand on stones at steep parts, No views until you reach the top.

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Fabian Uljee
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Hiking

Great easy walk and amazing views

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Caroline B.
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Hiking

Pretty steep, but doable. The views are fantastic and worth while.

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Arlo Hemphill
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Hiking

One of the most impressive alpine hikes I’ve been on. Stunning views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, forests, ledges and more. Saw two condors! There were times the trail could be a little busy for my taste and the refugio was crowded, but for the most part I had space to enjoy the environment. Hiked on a Friday in January - would probably avoid weekends in high season for this reason, but the quality of trail, climate and landscape were unbeatable!

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Shelby Mc
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HikingRockySnow

This was a fantastic trail and I would highly recommend to anyone keen on hiking. It took my partner and I (late 20s and of medium fitness) 4.5 hours on the way up and 3.5 hours on the way down. Parts were snowy but it wasn’t too bad. We spent the night at the Refugio which was such a great experience.

Shelby Mc
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Hiking

Loved this hike!

Ben Follett
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HikingRockyScrambleSnow
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Michaël Raymond
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Amazing hike !!

David Tillery
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Backpacking

We did this trail one-way from Jakob to Tambo Baez (which is probably the location you should use if calling/setting up a cab) after crossing from Frey to Jakob. It was fine but a bit of a letdown after the spectacular preceding day. It probably would have left more of an impression if we had been ascending rather than descending. You get some nice mountain and river views as well as waterfalls near and far. On the descent you start with wooded switchbacks and eventually flatten out to almost complete exposure until the end. Definitely bring sunscreen. It wasn’t a particularly just long, 9 miles one way. I’m not sure I think it’s worth it as a standalone out and back, but as either a start or end to the Nahuel Huapi Traverse it is something you just have to do. At Tambo Baez we had weak but workable cell reception with Movistar which we used to call a cab. YMMV.

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David Tillery
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Hiking

This was a tough but extremely rewarding day. You should be prepared for any weather, especially in January or earlier. You can theoretically do this either direction but in reality I can’t imagine doing this the opposite way from Jakob to Frey, as I’ll make clear below. The trial is very well marked with red/yellow spray paint 90% of the time, we never felt in danger of being lost. We did this in January when according to some people the park rangers were telling people the trail was impassable due to deep snow. We encountered a decent amount of snow but it was sufficiently packed that we had few issues with breaking through it. We also encounter all types of weather, from hot sun to extremely windy hailstorm. We were able to get through fine but I can definitely see how it could have been problematic even just a week earlier, so their warnings should probably be respected. You start out from Refugio Frey going around the lake and ascending the rocky/snowy slope on the other side. You’ll be scrambling up steep snow or rocks depending on the time of year until you get to a small lake overlooking where you came from. You continue around the lake and up more snow/rocks, where it gets even more scrambling. This would probably be fun with less snow and a light pack, loaded up with our tent and sleeping bags this was a bit of a pain. You reach the top soon enough and walk flat for a bit before coming to an incredible view over the next valley. Then you get to descend. This downhill is almost entirely exposed, loose scree, so make sure you have good shoes/poles if needed and sunscreen. The slope is so steep and loose that after a ways you can easily “ski” down hill several feet with each step if careful. This is the part that I can’t imagine doing in the opposite direction. I’m sure you could with enough time or energy but it would be such a huge and exhausting pain that I can’t recommend it. When you reach the bottom you’ll be rewarded with a relatively flat wooded trail section for over a mile. You could probably branch off the trail and explore the river valley area for a bit if you had the time and energy. You’ll being ascending again around 5 miles. The beginning of this ascent is not as scramble-y as the previous, but still tiring enough especially in a rain/hail storm. Eventually we got to just before the final ascent to the ridge and this was the only time we couldn’t find the trail markers. Fortunately this area was also snowed over and there were several established sets of footprints we could follow. If you get to the top then the trail will become obvious. Enjoy your first magnificent view of your final destination, Refugio Jacob. The descent from here is steep but not nearly as loose as the previous, so with patience you should be able to make it down safely. It’s then just a short distance to the refugio itself. The refugio itself is pretty modern and nice. The camping spots are fine and sheltered but extremely muddy if it’s been raining. Overall I loved this day and you get some spectacular views but I don’t think it’s for everyone. The time of year can make a huge difference, be sure to check with the park website/rangers or the Refugio Frey employees about conditions.

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Reed Nelson
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HikingBugsMuddyRockySnow

All reviews are pretty accurate... A great trail with a mixture of shade and sun. There’s also a mixture of shrubbery and old growth forest. Then there’s a rocky portion up high. Views are outstanding everywhere. Trail condition is excellent when I hiked it in early December.

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