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chugach mtn boyOvernight  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 30, 2016

chugach mtn boy

This was a fantastic hike. With due props to scgrant, there are some advantages to doing it slowly and taking in the incredible flora and fauna as you make the 8500' elevation gain! We saw a pair of quetzals near km. 3--keep your eyes peeled.
Posted Apr 6, 2016 1:34 am

scgrantChirripo Grande  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 21, 2016


Awesome day with Greg Jagielski. We started up a little before 4 am reaching the summit by 9 am. Awesome weather and mostly clear views from the top. We were making good time so we went up Cerro Piramide and Cerro Terbi on the way down. Fun hike up and over Terbi and down through the Crestones. Back down to the trailhead and drinking beer at Hotel Uran by 1:30 pm.
Posted Apr 6, 2016 1:05 am

TonkaThe whole experience was fun...  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2015


...from the small towns heading up to the TH to Base Crestones and the beautiful weather we had. Did the two day and I'm really glad we did not do it in one push. We thought about it but after coming down we realized what a brutal time that would have been.
Posted Jan 6, 2016 12:40 am

J-roddMy first summit in Costa Rica  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 4, 2014


Well worth the trip. The changes in scenery along the way are great and keep it interesting.
Posted Nov 18, 2014 10:24 am

pirinxNormal route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 27, 2014


We took the classic route with a night at the Base Crestones and a summit push the next morning. Great weather, spectacular hike. The refuge was rather noisy, though, would have loved to camp instead.
Posted May 2, 2014 4:27 pm

CarvCR Success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2014


Picked up last 2 permits day before, spectacular afternoon summit (4:00pm) then spent the night at Crestones before heading back down on the 5th.
Posted Apr 2, 2014 2:52 pm

blueshadeCerro Chirripo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2014


Overnight permits have become much harder to get. Usually requires going to the permit office two days in a row.

Therefore, I opted for a big day hike as well. Started about 1:30 AM. Summited in about 8hrs, with a bit of running after Base Crestones. Total time TH to TH 14hrs, with some running as well as picture taking. Very foggy at the top so didn't see much.

Note, total hike is about 19.6km. Water is at 7km and Base Crestones is at 14.5km.

Beast of a hike!
Posted Mar 26, 2014 6:34 pm

MountainHikerCOLong Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 19, 2014


We couldn't get room at Base Crestones, so we had to do it in one long day. Started at about 1:00 am, Base Crestones 8:30 - 9:00, summit 11:30 - noon, back to the trailhead around 7:00 pm. Clear skies up high, descended into thick fog around sundown.
Posted Jan 26, 2014 9:59 pm

KevintheclimberFun push  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 3, 2013


The tallest in Costa Rica. The hike itself is pretty good, if not, the best of summits in central america. A lot of vistas, views, and the hut is pretty well maintained. a rarity in Central America.
Posted Dec 31, 2013 5:18 pm

highpointaGrande indeed  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2011
A fantastic two-day hike in perfect weather.
Posted Jun 18, 2013 11:52 pm

GlacierDanChirripo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 19, 2013


Great clear sunrise at 530 AM!
Posted Apr 17, 2013 2:47 pm

CambotFoggy and beautiful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009


Damp hike up, spent the night in the hut and started up the summit at 4am for a view of the sunrise. Too socked in too see it from the top, but beautiful anyway. Back to the hut for a warm up and back down muddy slopes.
Posted Apr 15, 2013 10:30 am

bighornmonkeyReally fun climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 2, 2011


Really liked this mountain (despite the cost $15pp for 2 days + $10pp lodging at the refugio). Here are some numbers as of April 2011:

The bus from San Isidro to the mountain costs 1000 Colones (US$ 2) each way.
Buses to San Isidro leave from the San Gerardo soccer field at the following times:
(as of February 1, 2011)
5:15 a.m. – arrive San Isidro 6:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – arrive San Isidro 1:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – arrive San Isidro 5:30 p.m.

Bus from San Isidro to San Gerardo de Rivas
The bus leaves from the Bus Station in the Mercado (market) south of the cathedral plaza. The blue and white bus marked San Gerardo leaves at the following times:
(as of February 1, 2011)
9:30 a.m. – arrive San Gerardo 11:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m. – arrive San Gerardo 3:30 p.m.
6:45 p.m. – arrive San Gerardo 8:15 p.m.

The village of San Gerardo is at 1500m.
The refugio is at 3400m.
Camping is NOT ALLOWED in the national park - note that you enter the national park at the 4km marker.
The refugio has desktop computers with internet access from 2pm to 6pm...all solar powered of course.
There is reliable water source at km7 and km13

UP= 6 hours from trailhead to refugio (14 km)+ 2 hours from refugio to summit (5km)
DOWN: 1.5 hours from summit to refugio (5km) + 4 hours from refugio to trailhead (14km)

You can read the complete trip report on my blog there:
Posted Apr 4, 2011 8:22 am

pyergercerro chirripo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 14, 2011


Beautiful hike, Eight hours to the hut,climbed Mt.Terbi/Crestone, that day as the sun was setting. summited Chirripo the next day in the rain,wind and fog.
Posted Mar 3, 2011 10:21 am

bmwboarder7Beautiful experience  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 9, 2010


We enjoyed hiking through the various levels of the jungle/rain-forest. We took our time taking pictures of flowers and spotting all the different types of birds. We also saw monkeys several times too. Stayed at the lodge, hiked to the summit the next day (some visibility, but not enough to see either coast). All around an excellent trail. I was pleasantly surprised by how well marked the trail was. Great fun.
Posted Feb 4, 2010 1:48 am

7summitsMudslide Marathon :)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2009


Left the town at 03.00 (AM). 2 hours in the dark over very muddy tracks. Breakfast at the first ut (KM7), lunch at the main refugio.
Summit at 10.00 AM, but no view due to rain.

Relax in the refugio a bit and back down in 5 hours. A bit too much for one day (1/2 marathon + 2.5km up and same down :)
Harder with muddy trails, but great scenery and a very enjoyable hike. My first time here, my friend Warner Rojas had lost count as he had been guiding here in earlier years!
Posted Nov 19, 2009 11:43 am

jmitch421Route Climbed: Normal  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2009


beautiful scenery!! .. climbed up to the refugio the first day then summited the following morning and back down to San Gerardo

stayed at the Hostel Casa Mariposa right near the start of the trail .. highly recommend staying here
Posted Jul 8, 2009 11:45 am

OznidFirst hike of the season  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 11, 2009


This hike features some good elevation gain! I am sore, two days later. Great views!
Posted Jun 13, 2009 11:39 am

mthomasA long day climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 15, 2005


A long day climb, started in the predawn hours. 15 hours round trip.
Posted Mar 14, 2009 8:29 pm

ntlbSan Gerardo de Ribas  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2008


Coming from Colorado, this was a very different kind of hike for us. The 9.0 miles up to the shelter on Day 1 took 8.5 hrs. We hit the trail at 6:00 AM. The elevation gain was 6100 ft, no switchbacks. The eye contact with a jaguarundi only 10 feet off the trail helped motivate us to pick up the pace for the last kilometer. We got to the Crestones base camp shelter at 2:30 and fell asleep immediately to the sound of rain starting to fall on the metal roof. Day 2 began at 5:30 AM. We made the 3.4 mi, 1,500 ft climb to the summit by 8:00. Then back to the shelter for a short rest before heading down the mountain. We left at 11:00 and the 9 mile downhill took 6 hrs, mostly because of the rain and mud. The steep mud slopes were slow and we slipped and slid often. We arrived back at the hotel in the village of San Gerardo soaked through, mud all over us, famished, mildly hypothermic, but happy for experiencing a unique place.

This is a good time of year for the trip. It doesn't rain much (except on the day of our descent) and there were few others on the trail and in the shelter.

You need a permit to do the hike, which is worthwhile because it helps support Costa Rica's extensive park system and controlled access. You can purchase the permit at the MINAE office in San Isidro de El General, but be forwarned, this office is open only very limited hours.
Posted Nov 29, 2008 2:06 pm

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