Photos of Santa Cruz Camping Trails

we started from the Pilar or northeast side of Mt Fitzroy versus starting in El Chalten. we took a 30 minute taxi from El Chalten to the trail head $25 USD which is well worth it versus hiking there along the gravel road.

the trail from this side is not nearly as steep as it is if you start in El Chalten and winds through the forest with nice views of the glaciers. the trail is well-worn and in good condition. we started at 8 am and saw only four other hikers!

the hike up to Mt. Fitzroy Mirador is steep, rocky and with some large steps and is not well-maintained. the last part is mostly sand and scree but it is worth it once you get to the Mirador!

the trail back to El Chalten is also well-worn and follows the river. there are nice views of Mt. Fitzroy if you turn around and look at various points. more hikers arrived as we descended so to avoid that, go early!!

the last 2 km are downhill into El Chalten and is steep and mostly dirt and slick without much for views.

we are glad we started where we did since we didn't have to start out with the slick and steep portion and we saw more of the national park. total miles was 13.7 and 34,000 if you have a fit bit.

definitely the highlight trek to take. Mt. Fitzroy, the White Rocks, are phenomenal!