We were there in Jan 2005 and the Jalisco Proteción was not allowing anyone to climb Colima due to the volcanic activity of its sister. We hired a "guide".
So the guide was able to access the peak despite the activity on Volan de Colima? Nice photo btw. The volcano was pretty active last I was there, but not like that!
Yeah, you're not officially allowed to climb it. Period. Thus if you do try, and get hurt, they won't be able to save you. Watch out for cows too. Vicious things.
Can anyone tell me what the road is like to La Joya. I only have a 2 wheel drive car.
The dirt road up the mountain is easily doable with 2-wheel drive.
We went up Nevado de Colima last month. There is a 9km round-trip trail that is fairly easy to follow, once you find the trailhead near La Joya. The trail goes through pine forest and then ascends over ash / sand to the saddle between the peak and the antennas. Coordinates for the trailhead are: N19° 34.990′ W103° 36.073′
Alternatively, many people seem to drive towards the antennas (currently you're not allowed to drive all the way there), walk the rest of the dirt road to the antennas, and follow a fairly easy path to the top.
More detail on the longer route can be found on our website:
Does anyone know the current status of the mountain, i.e., is climbing allowed?
I climbed Nevado de Colima just yesterday. A lot has changed in the last decade; I'll try to synthesize:
* The mountain is significantly lower than stated here. The official (INEGI) altitude is 4240 m/13910 ft. Peakbagger lists it at 4260 m with a +20 m margin of error (13976+66). My personal GPS measurement was 4281 m/14045 ft. Even the former highest estimate was lower (4330 m/14206 ft).
* The park entrance fee is 31 MXP, currently 1.50 USD.
* There's a service road for a volcano observatory which lies at around 4000 m. Its parking lot is also accessible for tourists, from where you can start a rather short hike/scramble to the summit.
* There are huts close to La Joya, the camping area at the park entrance.
Were you allowed to reach summit? Because ive read in a couple of sites, that the nevado is currently closed. Is a guide necessary to climb it? And do you need any tecnical equipment? Such as crampons, rope ice axe, harness? Howndifficult is it?
Sorry, I hadn't seen this reply. Yeah, I reached the summit — see my post in the climber's log. I'd say it's an easy walk inside the forest, but the alpine tundra part is more difficult than la Malinche or Nevado de Toluca despite being considerably lower. There is no way around the extensive "arenal", plus there are also some minor climbs and the trail mostly disappears above 4000 m a.s.l.
The park is often closed whenever it snowed recently. When I went there, it had just opened again after having been closed for two weeks. I didn't need any technical equipment, but this is VERY advisable in most scenarios. I was lucky.