Cerro el Roble (ruta vehicular) (english)
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This trek can be done year round, but the ideal time is May, when the Oak trees are red, orange, and yellow. The winter months are also good when the Andes are covered in snow, and there is a beautiful view to the Aconcagua and company. For those who chose to ascend by bike, you should be careful in those days that just after a front of bad weather, snow has fallen on the peak. During those days (4 or 5 days a year) it can be necessary to carry your bike on the final stretch.
From Santiago, you must take the Pan-American highway (route 5) in the north direction. The detour to Rungue is at kilometer 54. You must take that exit and enter the town. Where the street ends, we must turn left and, a few meters further on, turn right (the street ends anyway) to cross an estuary. Immediately after crossing the estuary, you should turn left, and begin to skirt the estuary along a gravel road in good condition. The Rungue reservoir will then be bordered. After 3.9 kilometers from the Pan-American highway, there is a detour to the right ("A Caleu") which must be taken. This road, also gravel in good condition, goes through the valley and ascends progressively. Approximately on the 11th kilometer from the turnoff (14.9 from the Pan-American Highway) Caleu has been reached and a fork arises: you must take the left, which continues up the hill. 970 meters above, just before the passage to the valley of Olmué, the path to the oak tree appears on the right.
In public transport and hitchhiking
From the La Paz bus terminal, located on Avenida La Paz and Dávila Baeza street, daily buses depart for Til Til, from 6 AM and every 15 minutes. At 16.00, a bus leaves for Caleu. Passage value $ 1,600. It is quite a busy road, so the possibilities of hitchhiking are rather high.
- Trekking: 4 hours from the gate. It is possible to continue a little more by car and reduce the walking time.
- Mountain Bike: 2,5 hours from the gate.
- 1.500 CLP per person must be paid to enter. The door is open on weekends and holidays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you want to cross the gate by vehicle on a weekday, you must call 84759457 or 87231141 (both mobile phones).
RecommendationsIt is recommended to do the ascent stretch on the vehicle road when it has snowed in Santiago. It can be done in randonnée or rackets, low difficulty.
Route and Waypoints on Google Earth
- Ruta del Cerro El Roble. Para descargar el archivo se recomienda hacer click con el botón derecho del mouse y luego seleccionar "Guardar destino como" (Internet Explorer), "Guardar enlace como" (Firefox) o "Save link as" (Google Chrome). Si se intenta abrir directamente, algunos navegadores abrirán el código crudo del archivo con el listado de coordenadas.