Road east of Paso de Cortes. Bring your helmet (ok, not really, but it is bumpy). From the west it is paved.
Road from Paso de Cortes. Tiring to hike, but the views are beautiful (look back at Popo too). Add 7.4km/+400m
Map at trail head. The distances are wrong. Two topo maps from fellow sp members here and here.
Looking back from col 1.
Getting up from col 1 and 2.
Looking back at col 2. Nice rock formations all around.
Traverse between col 2 and 3, looking back.
Col 3, between feet and knee. Tent spots, but can be windy. Perfect saddle shape.
On east face, looking back at col 3 and more rock formations.
View to the east on the traverse on the back side.
End of traverse. Aim up the cleft center-right, many options.
On the ridge, before the hut. Arrive from picture's right and continue on center.
Twilight at our campsite, looking east at Malinche, Pico de Orizaba and the moon.
Crosses above trail to climber's right after hut. See this daytime picture of the trail.
Looking back at hut and feet 2/3rd up the knee. It is a big slog up. Easier on snow.
Near the knee, class 1-2. You can traverse left for col 4 after the rock band in picture, avoiding climbing 10m; class 3.
Top of knee and ruins of the Luiz Mendez hut.
View from knee to hip to summit. Drop from the left outside picture to col 4. Straight is less steep, but very loose.
Knee from col 4. Class 3 descent around the overhanging rock on climber's left.
Col 4 and unnamed subpeak from knee.
Looking back from the hip at unnamed subpeak (right), knee (center) and Popo.
Orographic clouds forming on Malinche, Pico de Orizaba and us, as happened all 7 days we were on mountains in June.
Stomach or Ayoloco glacier, from partly down the hip. Ridge of the Sun (across) and south summit (center-left) in sight.
Looking back at hip. The trail enters from the horizontal snow band on top and met, in our case, frozen scree before the glacier. Slope is milder than it appears.
Ridge of the Sun, or arista del sol, and south summit, from across the glacier.
Real summit across summit plateau (not my picture).
|Grupo de los Cien hut (not my picture). Inside. Campsites just before and around.|