trip report by besthike editor Rick McCharles
Hike to a spectacular waterfall.
Duration: 3 hours round trip.
Distance: 5,6 km round trip.
Return: Same route.
This hike is very challenging. Calling it Low-Medium is insanity. 🙄
There are many sections where you need to use your hands. Scrambles.
The river crossing could be dangerous / impossible at high water. I slipped in with both feet while boulder hopping.
You can quickly see why this temperate rain forest was so inaccessible before superb trail builders got here.
There was a ton of work done to put in this trail. Plenty of boardwalk, most made from local wood onsite.
Check this natural park bench.
The crux of the hike are these two ladders.
Made it. This is what I expected at Pumalín.
For me it was 3 hours round trip. Finishing at 8pm I had only about 2 hours of daylight left to get set-up at the nearby campground and to cook up a BIG dinner.
Cascada was my first hike in this sector of Parque Pumalín.
3 Replies to “Pumalín, Chile – Caleta Gonzalo Cascada trail”
so nice nature hiking eco trails.
Completely agree with you that the difficult of this trail was understated. I think it was the most difficult of the ones we did in Pumalin.
I fell multiple times as well, once near the end when the slick wooden boardwalk was heading back down the river. I almost lost my phone as it flew out of my pocket and slid to the edge of the board walk. It’s easy to under estimate it since there was so much work on the trail in the early section.