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Distance

6.73 mi

Elevation gain

4,291 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

4,291 ft

Max elevation

5,145 ft

Trailrank

75 4.6

Min elevation

1,035 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

7 hours 44 minutes

Coordinates

1504

Uploaded

October 22, 2016

Recorded

May 2014
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5,145 ft
1,035 ft
6.73 mi

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near El Arco, Los Lagos (Chile)

From la Junta there is a variety of possible tours, and Arco Iris is a wonderful choice for a single-day walk.
For long time you walk in the middle of the wood, until reaching a spectacular alerce site.
Higher up, you begin to find granite sections, which are overcome with the aid of fixed ropes. There are trees and even alerces, however, even after the lower granite sections.
After the end of the vegetation, you follow the easy ridge, up to a leftwardsa traverse below the main summit, which leads to the viewpoint which is the end of my trail.
I do not know if the classical Arco Iris is this point, the main summit (which for me was barely accessible due to the first autumn snow) or the spot, coming much earlier, marked as "Mirador Arco Iris". I can only witness the exceptional panoramic value of the destination chosen by me.

You are strongly encouraged to look at the labeled version of the summit 360° panorama, namely
http://www.panorama-photo.net/panorama.php?pid=20551
Here I collected all my knowledge about the surrounding names, but I must admit that this knowledge is very incomplete, also because the only helpful site is
http://www.cochamo.com
Please communicate to me if you have some correction or integration to the names reported there!!

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Mountain hut

La Junta

  • Photo of La Junta
  • Photo of La Junta
For more information, see my other trail Cochamó - La Junta, www.wikiloc.com/wikiloc/view.do?id=15201720
Waterfall

Waterfall

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  • Photo of Waterfall
  • Photo of Waterfall
Worth a visit from La Junta even if you are not heading to Arco Iris.
Intersection

Arrow to Arco Iris

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  • Photo of Arrow to Arco Iris
  • Photo of Arrow to Arco Iris
  • Photo of Arrow to Arco Iris
  • Photo of Arrow to Arco Iris
The only signposts which I found along the route.
Waypoint

Alerzal milenario

  • Photo of Alerzal milenario
  • Photo of Alerzal milenario
  • Photo of Alerzal milenario
  • Photo of Alerzal milenario
Here you find alerce trees (Fitzroya cupressoides) that are said to be also 4000 years old.
Waypoint

First little granite band

  • Photo of First little granite band
  • Photo of First little granite band
  • Photo of First little granite band
  • Photo of First little granite band
  • Photo of First little granite band
You turn around it, rightwards when ascending, with the aid of some fixed ropes.
Waypoint

Fixed ropes

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  • Photo of Fixed ropes
  • Photo of Fixed ropes
  • Photo of Fixed ropes
This is the steepest place. It would be impossible here to proceed safely without these ropes.
Waypoint

Upper ropes

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  • Photo of Upper ropes
  • Photo of Upper ropes
  • Photo of Upper ropes
  • Photo of Upper ropes
On wet and smooth granite slabs.
Waypoint

Upper alerces

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Waypoint

Upper ridge

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  • Photo of Upper ridge
  • Photo of Upper ridge
Here the trees end and all the upper section of the tour is in sight.
Waypoint

Traverse

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  • Photo of Traverse
  • Photo of Traverse
  • Photo of Traverse
A long leftwards traverse under sheer granite walls, with limited altitude gain.
Waypoint

Highpoint

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  • Photo of Highpoint
  • Photo of Highpoint
Here I turned left to the panoramic point. I guess that for the true summit I should have turned right, down into a little valley and then up, but there was too much snow on the rocks.
Summit

Cerro Arco Iris

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  • Photo of Cerro Arco Iris
  • Photo of Cerro Arco Iris
  • Photo of Cerro Arco Iris
One of the best panoramas I have ever seen. Add also the feeling of total loneliness.
Panorama

Mirador - Start of traverse

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Good view on the Cerros La Junta and Capicúa
Waypoint

Mirador Arco Iris

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To be honest, on the site I did not single out a precise mirador, since all the ridge is extremely panoramic. To set the waypoint, I sticked to Openstreetmap.

3 comments

  • Photo of Antonio Vial Hudson

    Antonio Vial Hudson Nov 13, 2017

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Nice views

  • Photo of Eneko Escudero

    Eneko Escudero May 8, 2019

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Ascenso con mucha pendiente, con zonas muy expuestas, donde hay cuerdas fijas instaladas, las vistas son increibles

  • NechoBarros Oct 27, 2021

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Fenomenal.

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