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Ascent of Cerro Botella Azul on 1995-05-27

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, May 27, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Botella Azul
    Location:Mexico
    Elevation:2940 m / 9646 ft

Ascent Trip Report

According to John Robinson Cerro Botella Azul or "peak of the blue bottle" was named because some Yankee hikers once left a blue bottle there. (Robinson, p. 21) The peak is not correctly located on the Mexican topo map. The UTM coordinates may be used to locate the true summit. Summit: 653400E, 3427320N, NAD27, Zone 11R.

Cerro Botella Azul is located in the Parque Nacional Sierra San Pedro Martir. If a ranger is present at the entrance station your are requested to sign in. No fee is charged, but a contribution is much appreciated. Camping is allowed most anywhere, do not cut any trees as downed firewood is plentiful and pack out all trash. There are no water sources for the public.

Take highway 1 south of Ensenada to the town of Colonet (76 miles or 123 km). About 6 miles south of Colonet turn east onto a good dirt road with a sign indicating the Observatorio and the Meling Rancho. From here note the following mileages: 5.5 mi. reach San Telmo, 11.9 mi. reach Ejido Sinaloa, 17.2 mi. go straight at a fork, 28.5 mi. a cattle guard, 30.6 mi. (km 49 post) go right, 31 mi. go left at Rancho Meling sign. After crossing a large wash north of Rancho Meling the road climbs steeply and reaches the park entrance gate at 49.1 miles. From here it is 10.1 miles to the fork where you turn right to the trailhead. On this road pass a well at 0.5 mi. and continue to the Los Llanitos shack at 6.3 miles. Parts of this road require 4WD. The shack is at UTM 650700E, 3425700N. About a hundred feet north of the shack the road crosses a seasonal stream. Begin the hike here heading east and then NE on a use trail on the north side of the stream. At about 0.6 mi. there may be some ducks marking two routes to the peak. Stay left along the stream which will probably disappear as the drainage becomes narrower with larger boulders. Climb up a dry waterfall and then reach a more open forested area which is a junction of several drainages. UTM at this junction is: 652000E, 3427150N (NAD27). Continue NE around a small hill and then head east in another drainage for 0.7 miles to the upper edge of the Canyon del Diablo. Great views here. UTM at this point is: 653250E, 3427500N. From here it is a short 300 ft. hike up through the aspens to the top. Round-trip distance is 5 miles with an elevation gain of 1650 ft. Hiking time is about 2 1/2 hours for the ascent and 2 hours to return. 5/95 RLC
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