Here is a view of La Picada from Quilanto.
La Picada is to the left and you can just see the peaks of Tronador in between. Tronador , or thunder mountain, is even taller than Osorno (8,700 ft) at 11,300 ft. It is in Argentina on the eastern shore of Lake Todos Los Santos.It is called thunder mountain because it has 8 glaciers on it and the sound of the falling ice sounds like thunder. Can't wait to visit there! Maybe after we get permanent residency so we won't have any problems with entrance fees to Argentina. But anyway ..... La Picada
We drove to the end of the road and ended at El Refugio which is a seasonal cafeteria for hikers at the end of the road in Vicente Perez Rosales National park.
|This is the refuge|
|Volcan Osorno from the north side|
This is the closest we got to the snow line without a hard hike!
|notice the terrain is rocky with lots of moss and low scrubby trees and shrubs|
|Thomas is ready to go sledding|
|Andrew down in the ravine|
|The terrain and trees growing in this ravine are different from the lush tropical growth on the sides|
I think at one point in the past a giant river of lava flowed through this ravine and down to the lake
|A little road side shrine|