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Laguna Jakob via Sendero Frey - Jacob is a 5.7 mile point-to-point trail located near San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 2,368 ft Route type Point to Point
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David Tillery
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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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Fer Bonvecchiato
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Del Friedman
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S Camp
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