The Cerro Leon Hike can be accessed approximately 12 Km from the main Visitor Information Center, in the sector known as El Rincón. The hike begins by crossing the field leading to the foot of Cerro Leon. It’s common to pass herds of guanaco (Lama guanicoe) so have your cameras ready! Keep a look out for Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) as well. You will pass several gathering places on your ascent!
The trail begins a steep climb to the Cerro Leon ridge line. Reaching this ridge line, you’ll head to the right and pass through a brief forested area before leaving the tree line and hiking on the rocky terrain. Here, there are small wooden planks marking the trail. Be prepared for high winds as you approach the summit. Inexperienced hikers are advised to slow down and take care with every step.
The trail is not extremely steep; however, use caution, especially if hiking with children. If the wind puts you outside of your comfort zone, descend. Your judgment is your best guide. A large rock cairn and a sign mark the summit; which is the perfect spot for a rest break. The windy peak provides incredible views, filled with the breathtaking colors of the surrounding lakes and mountains!
After the hike, we suggest spending the night at the El Rincón Free Camping Area, at the foot of Cerro Leon. The site includes a bathroom and stone shelters where you can pitch your tent and get out of the wind. There is a small Museum with information on the history of the area. Be advised that campfires are illegal; cooking is only allowed on camp stoves!
Activity Type: Hiking
Sector: Perito Moreno National Park
Starting Point: Trail head located in the El Rincón free Camping Area.
Ending Point: El Rincón Camping
Considerations: The trail is very well marked. Watch for guanacos (Lama guanicoe) running wild on the flats, often right in front of you on the trail. The marked summit has high winds. Wear good hiking shoes that are well broken in, to avoid blisters. Pack more than enough water & snacks.
Distance: 9½ Km round trip
Duration: ½ day, (3-4 hours), depending on pace & time at summit.
Seasonality: October - March
Difficulty: Significant portions of the trail have steep elevation climbs with no switchbacks.