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Distance

11.54 mi

Elevation gain

4,321 ft

Technical difficulty

Moderate

Elevation loss

4,321 ft

Max elevation

5,274 ft

Trailrank

74

Min elevation

1,025 ft

Trail type

Loop

Time

8 hours 25 minutes

Coordinates

1738

Uploaded

August 28, 2017

Recorded

April 2014

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5,274 ft
1,025 ft
11.54 mi

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near Villa Cerro Castillo, Aisén (Chile)

On the Cerro Castillo I could perform only the ascent to the broad stony shoulder called Morro Rojo, in a day of uncertain weather.
The most striking feature of this tour was the company of the friend of one day, a little black dog who followed me faithfully from Villa Cerro Castillo to the top. I asked the locals: he is not abandoned, but he simply uses to do so. Lacking a name, I called him Cachorro (Spanish for little dog).
You see that for a certain stretch the ascent and descent route differ. The later is indeed more direct, but also the former leads to the exploration of very beautiful woods. Consider that most of the interest of my tour was given by the gorgeous autumnal colours, whence lingering in the woods was no bad idea.
I had with me tent and sleeping bag but I did not wait on the mountain for better weather, estimating that the night would have been too cold at that elevation for Cachorro.

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Waypoint

Villa Cerro Castillo

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Although tiny, it is on of the main villages south of Coyhaique.
Waypoint

Carretera Austral

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Bridge

Arroyo El Bosque

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Abandon the road after the bridge on this little river.
Waypoint

Leave path

Waypoint

Steep wood section

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Be aware that here I was not following any path, but rather pointing straight to the summit. Or, at least, in its direction, since the summit was not visible at this stage.
Waypoint

Wonderful spot

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Only a little green section in the midst of the wood, but it seemed to excite also Cachorro...
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Exit from the wood

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This is indeed a welcome moment, since life becomes simpler.
Summit

Summit

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Panorama

View on lake

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Lower meadows

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Open spot where Cachorro took a rest after having long searched the woods...
Intersection

Take leftmost path

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