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near Villa Catedral, Río Negro (Argentina)
To get to the trailhead from Bariloche it is a short 30 min bus ride out to the Catedral Ski park. There are maps available from the information desk near the carpark but they really only show the ski runs which in summer are pretty much worthless. The trail is however very well marked and a map is not necessary. From the left side of the carpark (when facing the mountain) the trail heads up and around the mountain heading away from the winter ski area. It continues south around the mountain giving some nice views back towards some nearby lakes. After about an hour the trail heads west up into the mountain through a forested region before finally breaking out into a rocky and dry valley. Despite the lack of vegetation in this area there is a solid river running through the valley that is fed by a couple of alpine lakes, one of which is at Refugio Frey.