Last swan song of the trip. Pretty mild and boring compared to the rest, but after doing Orizaba the day before we were dragging more than usual. Stay on the ridge before the first peak for a couple mild knife edges with cable handrails.
I spent a month climbing volcanoes. Other peaks I bagged on this trip include...
Volcán La Malinche, 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 Chirripó (country highpoint, 36th most prominent on earth), Cerro Piramide, Cerro Terbi, Cerro Buenavista
Trip report with photos and video
Kessler, Steve, Caleb, David and I climbed Cofre de Perote today. We didn't start until late morning because all the buses the day before to Perote were already full! We didn't leave Puebla until the morning.
As soon as checking into a hotel, we caught a taxi ride to El Conejo, where we started our hike. Rather than following the cobblestone road, we found trails in most places that avoided the road, including one that was modified for mountain bikes, but seemed to be long abandoned (by bikes).
We made our way to the summit area and found the steep cement staircase and handrails to the top of the summit block. There was one patch of old snow on top. The weather was great and the views were fantastic. The radio towers on top were a distraction though.
After climbing the peak, we descended the mountain and about half way down to El Conejo, we caught a ride back to El Conejo in the back of a pickup truck.
After reaching El Conejo, we had to walk towards Perote. We walked all the way down past El Rancho Nuevo before flagging down a taxi. Kessler had to run ahead quickly in order to catch it.
Because of the late start, it was a long day.
Hiked from the gate to the park, and made some friends hiking to the summit. Brewed some coffee perched on one of the tower bases overlooking the dropoff on the southeast side of the Cofre. Spent a few hours hanging out up there throwing snowballs and enjoying the constant dance of clouds, mist and intermittent sunshine. Plan to camp in two weeks at a lake on one of the sub peaks with some amigos from Jalapa..
Took a taxi to El Conejo and walked up to the summit from there. It was a cloudy day but still enjoyed it very much.