Ascent of Volcán Irazú on 2017-02-02

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Adam Walker -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Thursday, February 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Peak:Volcán Irazú
    Location:Costa Rica
    Elevation:3432 m / 11260 ft

Ascent Trip Report

There is a paved road to within a few meters of the highest point. For us, the traffic of San Jose was the biggest obstacle—due to a closed freeway bridge between Alajuela and San Jose, it took us over two hours to get from our hotel above Alajuela to Cartago. From there, signs to Irazu national park took us uphill a long way to the summit area. We had to pay US$16 each to enter the area, and then the last 500m or the road was badly deteriorated and potholed. This led to a huge and mostly empty parking area, and I drove to the furthest edge, near a little house that sits practically on the highest point.

We walked around a wire fence to the grassy lawn of the house, where a small mound in a disused garden looked like the highest ground. We then walked around the house and were soon told to leave the area by some workers there, since it was “prohibido”, although there were no signs. It was a very minor trespass.

The day was not super clear, with large cloudbanks obscuring most of the lowlands despite the sunshine above us. It was windy, and we did a short walk to a modern observation tower in the parking lot and an overlook to the crater. We had to get to Chirripó National Park this afternoon so we did not have time to do any of the short hikes in the area.

We heard that this place can get very crowded on weekend and when the weather is very clear, so at noon on a cloudy Thursday it was pretty quiet.

Click here for next ascent in trip: Cerro Chirripó
Summary Total Data
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)

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