Parque Nacional Los Alerces Things to Do Tips by barryg23
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Ruth on the climb to Cerro Alto el Dedal
Cerro Alto El Dedal, overlooking Lago Futalaufquen, is one of the most impressive peaks in the park, and a well marked circular trail leads from Futalaufquen up the mountain. We attempted the climb in mid November, which, unfortunately, was too early in the season to make it to the top.
The summit is at 1916 metres altitude, but during our hike the snow appeared from about 1400 metres, and we couldn't progress beyond the tree line as it was over a metre thick in many places and impossible to cross.
Nevertheless, we saw some excellent scenery along the way. The Guardaparques office in Futalaufquen has information on the route, and you should leave your details here before attempting the hike. At first the path to Dedal is the same as that to Cascada Arroyo, though you turn off for Dedal after about 30 minutes at a signed path. For the next hour and a half you climb steeply through the forest, and viewpoints are few, but once you clear the treeline, the views become much better. Just after catching our first glimpse of the lake and Cerro Situacion to the south we encountered the heavy snow and had to turn around.
View from Mirador Lago Futalaufquen
Above the pinturas rupestres (cave paintings) is a small hill from where there are good views of Lago Futalaufquen and the surrounding region. Follow the path past the cave paintings which leads to the mirador after a short climb.
Close to the tiny village of Futulaufquen, which is located at the south-western end of Lago Futalaufquen, there are ancient cave paintings left by early hunter-gatherers in this area. The helpful staff in the guardaparques office in Futalaufquen can tell you the exact location, though it's signposted (as pinturas rupestres) and easy to find, opposite the lake, about 1km before you reach Futalaufquen along Ruta 71.
Guardaparques office in Futalaufquen
At the guardaparques office in Futalaufquen, where you can get information about the park and register for walks, there is a small museum with interesting information about the park, including a good section on the pinturas rupestres (cave paintings) nearby, and excellent photos from some of the many scenic spots around the park. Once you see these pictures you'll want to try and see all the locations from where they were taken!
My favourite walk in Alerces national park was the circular path Pasarella Rio Arayanes which crosses the Rio Arayanes from Ruta 71, below Lago Varde, and runs through the forest passing Lago Menendez and Lago Verde.
You pass many interesting sights along the way including rare Alerces and Arrayan trees. There are helpful information panels (in Spanish only but easy enough to understand) at frequent intervals and many miradors at strategic viewpoints over the lakes. It takes about 2 hours to complete the walk, and the scenery is incredible.
There are excellent views of what is possibly the most scenic lake in Alerces National Park from Mirador Lago Verde. The mirador is accessible and signposted from Rute 71, a few kilometres north of the lake. A 2.3 kilometre circular path through the forest passes by a number of viewpoints from where you can see the beautiful lake, framed by the snow topped mountains in the background.
We walked about half the circuit, and while I'm not sure we made it to the actual mirador, we did reach a number of points from where the views were excellent.
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