Turned back at the entry station Date Climbed: Dec 1, 2012
Led a fair sized group in to grab the peak only to be told at the gate we couldn't approach the volcano. First we were told it was due to restoration projects that were going on and we'd need approval from the head guy. Once he showed up we were told it wasn't safe to be in that particular area of the reserve due to security concerns they weren't allowed to talk about.
A beautiful, utterly alien place: lava fields, vents, craters, sands, and a beautiful volcano to top it all off! We hike parts of the old road and some cross country going up. Loved every minute of it and would go back again in the future! My report: Pinacate Peak (www.surgent.net) Jan 6-2009.