• Oncol
  • 715 m
  • Primary factor 689 m
  • Location: Near Valdivia, Chile
  • Location: South 39.69384, West 073.31432 (GPS at the summit)
  • Climbed January 28, 2015
  • Difficulty YDS class 1


How to get there:
A good starting point is the city of Valdivia, on the coast south-east of Temuco. From the city center, cross the Ponte Pedro de Valdiva, then Ponte Cruces, shortly after this, turn right on a road signed for Parque Oncol. Drive this road about 22 kilometer (good dirt road), this will get you to the Conaf office and the access road to the park, closed off with a turnpike. We paid 3000 pesos (each) in entrance fee, then continue driving about 2.6 kilometer to a T-junction. Go left (sign for Oncon), then continue about one kilometer to the parking at the trailhead. This is at location S39.69823, W073.30130, elevation about 525 meter.
This is a quick summary and reference to climbs made on this trip.
Route description:
Follow the very big and maintained trail having signs for Oncol where there are forks, to the summit. The trail is about 2.5 kilometer long. The summit area has two different viewing platforms as well as a small lookout tower. The tower is not meant for tourists, however access is rather easy.
Pål Jørgen and I did this easy climb before heading for the airport in Temuco, for our return flight to Norway.
We started at 0950 and arrived at the summit at 1020. After exploring the summit plateau for about 10 minutes, we returned to the car at 1050.
The park has many interesting trees and plants, clearly dependent on coastal climate with frequent rain.