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Best trails in Santa Cruz

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Trying to find the best Santa Cruz trails? AllTrails has 55 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around El Chaltén, Lago Argentino Department or El Calafate, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 23 moderate trails in Santa Cruz ranging from 1 to 56.6 miles and from 580 to 4,629 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Santa Cruz
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#1 - Lake of the Three from El Chalten
Los Glaciares National Park
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Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 7 h 27 m
One of the most iconic trails in Patagonia, popular for the spectacular panoramic views it offers including Los Tres Glacier, Cerro Madsen and Monte Fitz Roy.Show more
#2 - Tower Lake from El Chalten
Los Glaciares National Park
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 40 m
Hikers hoping to get a perfect view of Cerro Torre should set off for Laguna Torre, a glacial lake at the foot of the mountain. The lake is a reasonable turn-around point for a day hike out of El ChalShow more
#3 - Tower Hill Lookout
Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Tower Hill Lookout is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#4 - Condors and Eagles Lookout
Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
Starting from the city of El Chaltén, from these viewpoints it is possible to see the eagles and condors flying overhead. In addition, it presents views of Lake Viedma and the Patagonian steppe.Show more
#5 - Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 7 h 6 m
The Loma del Pliengue Tumbado is a chain of three round rocky summits at 1340m, 1420m and 1550m. In Spanish "Loma" could translate as "Hill". Pliegue Tumbado being the name of this chain of hills. On Show more
#6 - Perito Moreno Glacier Trail
Los Glaciares National Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
The Perito Moreno glacier trail is located in the province of Santa Cruz, in Argentina. There are several options that you can choose to admire the beautiful views that this region can offer. You can Show more
#7 - Lake Capri
Los Glaciares National Park
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Lake Capri is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkingShow more
#8 - Lake of the Three
Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve
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Length: 10.6 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
Lake of the Three is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near El Chaltén, Santa Cruz, Argentina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is Show more
#9 - Lake of the Three via The Pillar
Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve
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Length: 11.7 mi • Est. 6 h 43 m
This variation of the standard Lago de los Tres will require a shuttle transfer from El Chalten to the trailhead at El Pilar, 17-km away. Transfers can be easily arranged in town for $10 USD or less. Show more
#10 - Huemul Circuit
Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve
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Length: 41.3 mi • Est. Multi-day
This can be done as a 4 or 5 day backpacking trip. The first day connects El Chalten to the Laguna Toro campsite. Day 2 connects the Laguna Toro Campsite to the Paso del Viento (windy pass) to the PasShow more
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