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Valle del Frances Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
73% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,812' 552 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,463' 751 m
Low: 651' 198 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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A climb along a glacier-fed river and dense forests leads to a lookout with incredible views.

Miguel Vieira

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Geological Significance · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

From Campamento Italiano, climb up the Frances Valley through thick forests. The glacier-fed Frances River roars below you on your left. A mile from the start, a small rise takes you to Frances lookout, an opening with amazing views of Nordenskjold Lake behind you and the mountains and glaciers of the Paine Massif all around.

Continue and descend into the forest. The trees break occasionally as you cross rocky alluvial fans. The trail ends with a climb to the Britanico lookout, where you enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding peaks.

Flora & Fauna

Forests of lenga beech and Antarctic beech.

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Breathtaking views of Patagonian ice and glacial valleys await those who ascend the Valle del Frances.
Jan 3, 2017 near Puerto…, CL
The amazing backdrop of the Valle del Frances Trail.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
The panoramic view from Britanico Lookout is like no other.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
Blue skies and even bluer waters along the Valle del Frances Trail.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
Hiking up to the Frances Lookout leads to gorgeous views of Lake Nordenskjold.
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL
Time for a snack!
Dec 30, 2016 near Puerto…, CL

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