I spent a month climbing volcanoes plus a few non-volcanoes for good measure. We hiked to the summit the first day and did two other peaks before going to stay in the hut.
Other peaks I bagged on this trip include...
Volcán La Malinche, Cofre de Perote, Pico de Orizaba (country highpoint, 3rd highest in North America), Volcán Iztaccíhuatl, Pico de Aguila, Nevado de Toluca, Cerro de Ombugo, Pico de Humboldt, Nevado de Colima, Cerro Tancitaro
Volcán Pacaya, Volcán Tajumulco (country highpoint, 24th most prominent peak on earth), Volcán Concepción, Volcán Tacaná (2nd highest in Central America), Cerro Chemal "La Torre", Cerro Chemal "Cerro los Cuervos", Montañas Peña Blanca, Volcán Santa María, Volcán Atitlán, Volcán Acatenango
Volcán Poás, Volcán Barva, Volcán Irazú, Cerro Piramide, Cerro Terbi, Cerro Buenavista
Trip report with photos and video
One day hike starting from Hotel Uran just after 12pm. There was a heavy rain earlier in the evening but the trail was basically already dry. I made the summit at 7:30am. Clear skies overhead but there were too many clouds to see either coast. Nonetheless the highlands were impressive.
When I was checking the permits the previous day, the rangers told me that the mountain was fully booked all week. I.e. Only option is to dayhike. Strangely, on my summit day only one person summited before me and two other dayhikers reached the peak at the same time. Even on my way down I didn't pass anyone until after passing Crestones Hut. Loads of people were hiking up the trail between Crestones and Mont Sin Fe.
I hiked down arriving Hotel Uran about 2pm Got the 4pm bus back to Isidro and onwards to San Jose that evening.
Annoying permit process, expensive lodge. Great hike, but Costa Rica really is a rip-off compared to the rest of Central America.
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.
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.
...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.
Well worth the trip. The changes in scenery along the way are great and keep it interesting.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A fantastic two-day hike in perfect weather.
Great clear sunrise at 530 AM!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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