Hike to Laguna del Caminante via the Andorra Valley

Chacra Los Barreto Road, Argentina

Details

Distance

16 miles

Elevation Gain

2700 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by John Maurizi

A long day hike or overnight backpacking trip up the Andorra Valley to Laguna del Caminante. Amazing wild flowers and dense Lenga forest leads to an excellent campsite.

From the parking area, pass through a gate and hike up the trail which is lined with fields of Buttercup flowers. This lasts for about 0.5 miles when you gradually enter the forest. At this point, the trail gets incredibly muddy. Some attempts at trail maintenance are apparent with logs placed across the trail, but many have sunk into the mud. There is really no way around the mud, and it lasts nearly 0.75 miles.

At the 6 mile mark, the trail begins to climb and is occasionally very steep. When you finally emerge from the forest, you arrive at a trail junction. To the left is the Canadon De La Oveja Trail. To the right is the Laguna del Caminante trail.  Turn right onto a sloping green field with plenty of wildflowers.

The trail here is steep but offers great views. After rounding a corner, the trail levels out and after a short distance you have to descend a very steep drainage to arrive at the laguna. There are some great camping spots here and a good place for lunch.

Once you are done enjoying your time at the laguna, simply return the way you came. 

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Features

Chillin
Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers

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