Cerro Lopez

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Cerro Lopez
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Julia S
By Julia S
Great hike! Not for everyone though...
Apr 2017
My husband and I (both 31) are in good shape, yet never really did any trekking before. This was the first time we used our trekking shoes and boy do you need those! You walk over loose rocks and different paths--often times very steep. I would split it in three parts--part one with take you about 50-60 minutes and brings you to a nice house, where you can rest, have a bite and enjoy the amazing view. This part of challenging because of the different surfaces you have to pass--from sand to rocks, wide and narrow paths--a little bit of everything yet the views make every stop so much more enjoyable. Along the way you always follow red dots that guide you the way and are very useful as sometimes it is not very clear which way you should go. From there (Roca Negra) until you reach the "street-like" path I consider the worst part as it is very steep (up to 60%). Never dangerous, just quite challenging if you are not used to it and I don't want to imagine doing it without trekking shoes. This part you have to push through and once you are on top and reached the "street", you can rest and enjoy a nice walk, eye-balling the house and your destination, which is a fairly easy part. On top there is a house but you want to bring your own sandwiches as you cannot really buy anything there. It took us 2.5 hours to go up, with a nice break at Roca Negra and lots of stops along the view to enjoy the views. It took us 1.75 hrs to walk back as it is quite challenging, especially the last part with the loose stones. It was a great experience and truly worth the pain! However, we saw lots of very young kids (3-4 years old) and also elderly people who needed assistance from their family members to conquer the first part--Cerro Lopez might not be the ideal spot for them to go trekking, since it truly has some challenging parts. I highly recommend having the right shoes, water and definitely a camera with you to fully enjoy the hike. Go for it!

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Brittany_11_10
Los Angeles, CA1,468 contributions
Gorgeous place to hike
Jan 2018 • Solo
To get to the trailhead, you'll need to take a local bus (I think the number 10, but check at the tourist info center in town), and it's a 45-minute ride or so. Then, it's pretty much up, up, up until maybe 30 minutes before the refugio, where it flattens out a bit for some "snaking" (traversing), then it's up again to the refugio. From there, it's up some more to reach the peak, only this time it's mostly rock scrambling, and maybe some walking on snow (no crampons necessary).

It was a really enjoyable and rewarding hike, and it took me just over two hours to reach the refugio (and that was carrying my big pack with my tent and sleeping bag, and my smaller day pack on front).

The refugio has some food and beverages, and you can stay there for something like $400 pesos a night. Or you can camp outside (under the stars--and maybe in thunder and lightning as I did, haha) for $100 pesos a night.

I highly recommend at least hiking this trail, at least to the refugio, as even from there you'll be rewarded with great views. If you're more intrepid, I suggest going to the summit, and then camping out (either inside or out in a tent).

Also, no need to haul heaps of water with you because you can re-fill from the streams running down the mountain--delicious, fresh, and clean!
Written January 28, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Julia S
Neuquen, Argentina3 contributions
Great hike! Not for everyone though...
Apr 2017 • Couples
My husband and I (both 31) are in good shape, yet never really did any trekking before. This was the first time we used our trekking shoes and boy do you need those! You walk over loose rocks and different paths--often times very steep. I would split it in three parts--part one with take you about 50-60 minutes and brings you to a nice house, where you can rest, have a bite and enjoy the amazing view. This part of challenging because of the different surfaces you have to pass--from sand to rocks, wide and narrow paths--a little bit of everything yet the views make every stop so much more enjoyable. Along the way you always follow red dots that guide you the way and are very useful as sometimes it is not very clear which way you should go.
From there (Roca Negra) until you reach the "street-like" path I consider the worst part as it is very steep (up to 60%). Never dangerous, just quite challenging if you are not used to it and I don't want to imagine doing it without trekking shoes. This part you have to push through and once you are on top and reached the "street", you can rest and enjoy a nice walk, eye-balling the house and your destination, which is a fairly easy part. On top there is a house but you want to bring your own sandwiches as you cannot really buy anything there. It took us 2.5 hours to go up, with a nice break at Roca Negra and lots of stops along the view to enjoy the views. It took us 1.75 hrs to walk back as it is quite challenging, especially the last part with the loose stones. It was a great experience and truly worth the pain! However, we saw lots of very young kids (3-4 years old) and also elderly people who needed assistance from their family members to conquer the first part--Cerro Lopez might not be the ideal spot for them to go trekking, since it truly has some challenging parts. I highly recommend having the right shoes, water and definitely a camera with you to fully enjoy the hike. Go for it!
Written May 8, 2017
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Stavros M
New Zealand238 contributions
Cerro Lopez - a challenging and rewarding hike
Mar 2017 • Friends
Cerro Lopez offers a challenging and rewarding hike. It is fairly steep at times. Two hours to the Refugio and 3h to the top approximately. The last bit after the Refugio is rocky and steep. To hike to the top, you have to register online before. Refugio has snacks and drinks and you can reserve space in advance for overnight. Buses from/to the city are not very often - so it is good to plan ahead your times. On the way up you have to carry a log for the Refugio for the last kilometer or so ! ;)
Written May 8, 2017
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rapha_y_nici
Zurich, Switzerland5,970 contributions
Favourite hike... GO!
Mar 2017 • Couples
We got up early, an took 0710 bus nr. 10 or 13 (be in time, next on @1100) from Bariloche center towards Colonia suiza. We could start the hike at 0805 at the snack bar which is the starting point of this amazing trail. It starts relatively steep and dusty (if no rain). After 1hour we arrived at refugio Roca negra. At approx 1015 we arrived at Refugio Lopez (pink house on aprox 1690 mosl). We carried for the last part to the refugio a piece of wood (for the thankful refugiostaff), so it's possible to be a bit faster maybe. Between Roca negra and Refugio Lopez its not that steep as the first part was. After Refugio Lopez (please inform them about your route, if you plan to come back or not, safety reasons) the challenge starts, but it's possible. After 1 hour (approx 1110) we arrived at the lagoon. From there it takes further 50-70 minutes to get to the top. The way is signed with red dots. Sometimes you need to use your hands a bit but its doable. The good thing is, you can stop and return at any part because rhe view is already amazing, if you dont want to get further. You have enough time for stops if started that early. But once, you get it to the summit, you get payed for your efforts! 360degree view including fascinating volcanos! Overall it took us about 4hours for the entire ascent, but we did many stops for pictures (which were not necessary after the arrival on the top :-). Its possible to do it faster. Descent took us 3hs but we did not hurry up, could be faster i guess. We recommend good hiking shoes which support you for both, ascent and descent.
Well, we just can say that we were happy and thankful doing this trail! Sure, we were lucky with the weather but it was one of the best hikes on our patagonia trip, also because it's diversity of environment what makes you forgetting the steep path.
We Used the app maps.me (careful with battery) which shows the path with gps connection.

Then we took the bus 10 at 1800 which is coming from colonia suiza and pick you on the corner 150mts from snackbar back to the center of bariloche. Ask for schedules of bus no 10, since is not operating regularly.

Maybe this indications help for getting an idea of the trail:
We would say it's difficulty is approx like Fitz roy lookout in chalten or a bit more difficult than Torres del paine torres lookout.
we are 26&29, i guess very average fit, neither good nor very bad.
Written March 26, 2017
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Collin C
South Bend, IN20 contributions
Best hike in Bariloche
Feb 2017
We woke up at our hostel downtown and took the 20 bus (every 15 min) to the start of Circuito Chico. There is a bus (10) that goes to the base of Lopez but it doesn't run often. We heard that it is easy to hitchhike and so we started walking towards Lopez once we got off the bus. Unfortunately it took an hour before someone picked us up but the walk was gorgeous. We had done Circuito Chico on bikes two days before but we were able to appreciate it more walking. When we got to the base it was around 11:30 am and the park said that Lopez took 4 hours each way. We knew that we could do it faster but we still felt like we needed to hurry. The hike was pretty steep and tiring in the first half but leveled out in the second half. The way up ended up taking 2.5 hours and we treated ourselves to some sandwiches at the Refugio (cash only). The trail continues higher up the mountain after the Refugio - an hour farther until a laguna, and then another hour to one of the the peaks. We had enough time to go up to the laguna, which was very rocky and steep, but had amazing views. We then made our way down the mountain and caught the 8:10 pm bus from Colonia Suiza back to downtown.
Written March 20, 2017
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guateguyo
Portland, OR131 contributions
Steep Hike
Jan 2017 • Solo
It took six hours total from the road snack bar at Rio Lopez to the Refugio Lopez and Back. Quite steep most of the way but no scary passages or big drop offs. Great Views most of the way. Lots of loose rock and dirt make a slippery hike down. I would carry two liters of water per person as there are few good water sources until the Refugio. Sun screen also a must. Good boots or hiking shoes very helpful.
Written January 18, 2017
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands722 contributions
Day-Hike: Cerro Lopez / Refugio Lopez
Jan 2017 • Couples
We took the direct bus 10 leaving at 7:10 from the centre in Bariloche. We arrived at about a quarter to 8.
The trail is marked with red-white signs and early in the hike you can see the pink house on you right at the top of the mountain, which is Refugio Lopez.
The first hour/hour and a half is a very steep climb. The ground is quite slippery with loose sands and small rocks. After this it is basically a 'road' towards the Refugio, with a little climb at the end.
We are quite sporty, but not real trekkers/hikers and it took 2 hours to get to the Refugio and a little less to come back. It was a good hike, the steep climb made sure that we felt it in our legs afterwards :)
We took bus 10 and bus 20 back to Bariloche.
Written January 17, 2017
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Snowshoeing in Bariloche!
Jun 2015 • Friends
You do not need to climb "Cerro López"! For those that are not very fit, travel agencies in San Carlos de Bariloche organize tours on 4x4 jeep vehicles from the mountain's base up to the "Refugio Extremo Encantado", at 1260m. Snowshoeing for a 40 minute period is a must! Then enjoy a cheese fondue lunch at "Refugio Extremo Encantado". Breathtaking views of Cerro López and Lago Nahuel Huapi Enjoy!
Written September 6, 2015
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Sandra K
Munich, Germany29 contributions
Great hike with is nice intermediate destination
Feb 2015 • Family
The Trail head is on circuit Chico just beyond the fork to canopy and colonia suiza. It is possible to take bus 10 but apparently it runs less frequently than the schedule suggests. The road has enough traffic and hitch hiking should be easy.

The first hour of the hike is steep and dusty. It then flattens out as the trail meets the forest road and eventually joins it. It took us 2 hours to reach the refugio Lopez. It is another 400 meters from the refugio to the summit. Part of it is scrambling so we decided to turn back as we are carrying our one year old toddler and descending would be difficult. The refugio serves drinks and a tasty banana bread.
Written March 2, 2015
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Sam2803
San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina42 contributions
Amazing View!!
Jan 2015 • Solo
Its a steep walk to the top but if you are fit you can make it to the refugio in 90 mins to 2 hours and there is public transport (although not all that frequent) to the base.

The views are amazing - and you are rewarded also with getting a good workout at the same time!!
Written February 28, 2015
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