Explore the most popular river trails in Santa Cruz with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Amazing. We did that trail with my kids (12 and 4 years old). Was hard but wonderful experience.

Es una caminata hermosa, sólo el último kilómetro es desafiante. Recomiendo comenzar desde la hostería El Pilar, es más bonita y fácil.

It’s a beautiful hike with amazing views. Only the last km is challenging. I recommend you start from El Pilar, it’s easier and prettier

Very good view on Fitz Roy. Too much crowded but it’s the price to pay! :)

Amazing trail with lots of opportunities to stop and enjoy the beautiful views. Weather in early may was quite decent (coldest being 2-5 c)
The last 1.5k was challenging and dangerous, the steep incline was filled with ice and snow. Be careful where you step!

Total time from El Chaltén was of 8hrs

I completed this hike first week of May. The weather was a little chilly at the start but as you continue it gets warmer. Amazing views all the way through. The start of the trek has a slight incline for 1km till you get to your first view point. As everyone else has said , the last 1.5 kms were very hard. We had lots of icy conditions which made the rocks slippery, even harder on the way down trying not to slip. (Do not attempt if you are scared of heights!)
Definitely worth the trip to the top though!! The hike back was very fast, only took 3 hours from the top but our feet were hurting ! Must see trek!

4 months ago

Worth the effort

Amazing views! The last 1km is a 40% grade made more difficult by the large number of other people hiking and the constant strong wind.

Lugar mágico!

Quite a challenge but worth the trip to the top! There is actually a way to do the hike so you don’t have to come back the same way. You can take a shuttle 20-30 min from El Chaltén, hike along the Rio Blanco to Laguna de Los Tres, and then back down to El Chaltén. I recommend it as you’ll get to hike through the forest and see even more Patagonia terrain.

A great trail with amazing views. The climb up to the lake is steep and long, but overall the hike is not too bad. Be prepared for all types of weather. Here is my full trip report with pictures and maps! https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/los-glaciares-national-park/

6 months ago

The last 1.5 miles is intense with a 40% grade. Even harder on the way down. The trail is clean, well maintained, and well marked the entire way. Beautiful vistas abound.

7 months ago

We actually completed this trek starting from El Pilar Hosteria just outside the park...slightly shorter route though lots of groups would begin at El Pilar then conclude in El Chalten. Regardless, it is an unbelievable experience. Absolutely unreal views of Ftiz Roy throughout the trek. The last mile is incredibly difficult...highly recommend one or two hiking poles to help on the way down. It is worth every step.

Camped at Poincenat and got up at 4am to hike the 1 hour summit trail at sunrise and it was amazing. It’s a tough hike even without a pack but the views are inspiring all the way up.

Absolutely stunning! Combined with the most incredible fall foliage (end of March), this was the best day hike I've ever done. If you're near El Calafate, take the 3 hour trip north. You won't regret it.

Absolutely stunning. For beginners (me) and acrophobic hikers (me), and depending on weather, this is not a completely moderate hike. It's much more difficult, slippery and dangerous in snow, rain, and high winds, which are the conditions we completed it in. The very last stretch during the final 2 kilometer climb is at a 45° angle, and was covered in maybe 1/2 a foot of fresh snow, then it closes with a steep hill of slippery rocks before finally seeing the lagoon. It is such a relief to see the lagoon. Ha. One of the most beautiful sights I'd ever seen.

Awesome hike. Beautiful the entire way. A mile almost straight up to the lakes but worth all the effort

Friday, April 21, 2017

Amazing hike. Definitely worth the 4 am wake up to get up in time for sunrise.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Best hike ever

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The best hike we have experienced. You will work hard in the last mile but the payoff is huge. Don't forget sunscreen!

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