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Ascent of Cerro Sacromonte on 2012-01-14

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Duane Gilliland
Date:Saturday, January 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro Sacromonte
    Location:Mexico
    Elevation:2560 m / 8399 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After our Iztaccihuatl ascent we had a spare day, which we spent in Amecameca, the town at the west base of the mountain. After exploring the colourful market, we notice a small hill close to the town centre with a watchtower on top and a complex of buildings partway up.

In the afternoon we decided to investigate. Taking the street south from the SW corner of the central square, we soon come to a flight of steps which leads up to a church complex. This also has vehicular access in the form of a road coming in from the N. Hiking this a few metres we take a L turn which zigzags to a summit which is occupied by a church. The whole summit area is a graveyard and a few hundred metres west is a point which appears a few metres higher.

Having visited both contenders we take the cobbled road down. Partway we hear the sound of fireworks - odd in daylight. The source is a man with a large (smoking) headdress/backpack. This is evidently part of some festivities. At the foot of the hill we learn from a sign that the hill is called Sacromonte Chalchiumomozco. From Google Maps contours the hill has a prominence of approx 90m with a small 2560m summit contour and a saddle to the N which may be the prominence saddle, just below the 2480m contour. We had no GPS with us.

We finish our little hike with a tasty dinner in a seafood restaurant we noticed earlier, opposite the flight of steps we had taken onto the hill.

A strange but pleasant way to end our three week Ultra-bagging trip to Mexico!

Sacromonte Chalchiumomozco photo album

A trip summary/overview can be found at the end of my Orizaba report

For a comprehensive illustrated description of the whole trip, see Adam Helman's expedition report
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:90 m / 295 ft
    Elevation Loss:90 m / 295 ft
    Distance:3.2 km / 2 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:90 m / 295 ft
    Distance:1.6 km / 1 mi
    Route:SE steps
    Trailhead:Amecameca  2470 m / 8104 ft
    Time Up:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:90 m / 295 ft
    Distance:1.6 km / 1 mi
    Route:North road
    Trailhead:Amecameca  2470 m / 8104 ft
    Time Down:30 Minutes



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