Laguna El Morado is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San José de Maipo, Santiago, Chile that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of activity options.

Length15.1 miElevation gain3,759 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCross-country skiingHikingNature tripsLakeViewsWildlifeRockySnow
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Lucas Rodríguez
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HikingFeeNo shadePrivate property

Write an email to parque las arenas before going. They will most likely let you pass, and ask them who you have to pay, because when we went this scum/scammer made us pay to use the road to get to the trailhead (which sadly is part of his property) so you pay about 4-5k each to save up about 15 min of hiking (30 on the way back) I would pay them as after the trek you are so tired it's worth it, but I still feel like it was a huge scam so email parque las arenas so you know where and who to pay. As for the trekking it's very nice and simple, huge valley, awesome rugged peaks on the sides, and then it goes up progressively not too steep but constant until you get to the glaciar. There is plenty of water along the way. I would recommend camping as the place is nice, but it's also a really good day trek. loved it

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Patrick MacKinnon
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Great hike! My phone died during my recording. We did 21k and are not experienced hikers whatsoever. We needed many breaks on the way up. The views of the mountains were nothing short of amazing. Anticlimactic hike as the lagoon was a murky brown colour that day.

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Bert Stoelen
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Great walk with great views. You can drive up to the gate of the company (a little further than the trail's starting point). parking is free there. I wasnt allowed to enter but maybe if you barter then yes. That would be a good thing, because the first part of the trail is a road and a view on the industrial site. From the gate, 23km roundtrip.

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Chris Howk
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Whoa.

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Nick Cooksey
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12/2018 trail closed at lake but still worth it. Great flowers and views. It's 12 kms and 510m of uphill roundtrip to lake not 15 miles.

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Paul Gonzalez
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As advertised, this trail is steep for the first 2.5 kilometers. Afterward, it moderately and gradually winds through a colorful valley with grazing horses, colorful finches that seem to accompany you, hawks and large condors flying overhead. At about kilometer 12.5, you will reach a small but beautiful pond that reflects El Morado mountain and the surrounding snow covered range. Travel 2 more kilometers and you will reach what's left of the San Francisco glacier. With majestic mountains of all colors surrounding you, the reflecting pond and snowed covered range in front, the place is a feast for the eyes! It takes about 4 hrs. up and back to complete the hike (not counting breaks) The 2.5 hour ride from downtown Santiago can be slow at times due to traffic, but as you near the park, take your time and enjoy the waterfalls and changing topography--on a clear day it is spectacular! To consider: $10 +/- (clp only) to enter, no shade, bring water and snacks, prepare for changing temperatures and always windy conditions, trekkin poles a must for the decent back to the entrance. Also, the paved road washes out near the entrance but, with caution, it is still navigable. Enjoy!

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Oliver Seiden
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First to Review

If you just landed in-country and not ready for the altituddes, this one will get you going! Average fitness is required but the views up and back are worth it!

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Dirk Krasinski
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Dirk Krasinski
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Craig Morfas
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Mylaine Sevigny
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Cristian Cañas
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Andrés Marín C
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