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Circuito Las Lengas, WW

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Difficulty 2.5 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 6.92 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,139 feet
Elevation Gain 638 feet
Accumulated Gain 1,436 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 4 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 14.1
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Pleasant Day Hike outside Punta Arenas
by KingLeonidas

Hiked Circuito Las Lengas in Magallanes National Reserve as a day hike on our last day in Punto Arenas

Logistics/Getting there:
Magallanes National Reserve is located on the outskirts of Punta Arenas. The reserve is accessible by car, taxi, or bus and there is ample parking at the entrance. We originally planned to take the bus but after looking at the erratic and seasonal schedule and hearing how inexpensive the taxis were, we opted for the taxi route. There is no public transportation at the park so we arranged for the taxi driver to return to the park to pick us up at a prearranged time for the return trip, which worked fine.

The Circuito Las Lengas trailhead is located at the entrance to the reserve. There is a sign marking the start of the trail, and a map of the reserve is available at the ranger station. The fee to enter the park was 4000 CLP per person (~$5 USD 2023).

The Circuito Las Lengas trail is a well-marked loop. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow, with several signs indicating the direction of the loop.

The weather in Punta Arenas can be unpredictable, with strong winds and rain at any time of year. It is recommended that you dress in layers and bring rain gear, especially during the winter months. While we were there there was continuous mist and drizzle as well as a cold wind. Rain gear was absolutely necessary, we would have been soggy and cold without it. The mist did inhibit the visibility from the numerous miradors along the trail, a clear day would have provided a better experience.

Trail Conditions:
The trail is in good condition, with some rocky sections and frequent muddy patches. There are several boardwalks and bridges over wetlands and streams. The trail was slippery in some areas, but we managed not to fall despite the mud. The park was not very popular and we basically had the place to ourselves, the sub-optimal weather and that it was a weekday may have contributed to the lack of people. We did the loop in a clockwise direction which makes the 1st 1/4 of the hike a fairly steep uphill climb to Mirador Zapador Austral. The remainder of the route is level or downhill from there.

General Comments and Musings:
The trail takes you through ancient forests of lenga trees, wetlands, and past views of the Andes Mountains and nearby Punta Arenas. The reserve is also home to a variety of wildlife, including guanacos, foxes, and condors (although none made an appearance while we were there).

The trail is worth doing if you are in the area and have some free time but pales in comparison to the stunning scenery of Torres del Paine National Park.

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2023-03-15 KingLeonidas
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    From the Terminal De Buses Intercomunal - Capitán Ignacio Carrera Pinto in Punta Arenas head southwest along avenue Espana. Then turn west onto avenue Independencia. Follow this until it becomes Y-580 and later bear right onto Y-570 which will take you directly to the entrance of the park.
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     90+° 8am - 6pm kills

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