Hike to the Top of Cerro San Sebastian

Rate this Adventure 8.1 miles 4101.1 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Alex Mason

The most rewarding hike in Parque Nacional Huerquehue provides a 360 degree view of twelve different volcanoes and numerous emerald colored lakes.

Technically the park does not open until 8:30.  This, however, only means that there is nobody in the office to collect the entrance fee (5,000 CLP for foreigners, 3,000 for Chileans). 

Personally, starting after 8:30 is too late for my taste.  The forests of Lenga and Arrayan, with a ground covering of bright yellow flowers are way too beautiful in the early morning light to miss.  Taking advantage of the cool morning air and no crowds is also a plus.

This steep trail starts close to the park entrance and brings you through warm green forests and open plains, up rock scrambles and finally to an open peak with a 360 degree view of forests, mountains, lakes, and volcanoes.

The night before, my friend and I camped at Rapa Nui (12,000 CLP per tent per night), 800 meters before the park entrance.  He had been non-stop talking about this hike since I met him a week before.  By the time we made it to the top we both knew why everyone said it was not to be missed.

Buses leave four or five times a day, depending on the season, from Pucón, the earliest leaving at 8:30am.  The ride is about an hour without traffic and costs 2,000 CLP one way, or 3,650 CLP round trip.  Hitchhiking is also an easy option here.

The CONAF in downtown Pucón is a great resource for detailed maps, park conditions, and other information. 

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Photography
Hiking
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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Forest
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