Ascent of Cerro Chacras on 2018-10-25

Climber: Alex Lennon

Others in Party:kari cieszkiewicz
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, October 25, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro Chacras
    Elevation:2835 ft / 864 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cerro Chacras (called Cerro Crocker on most English maps) is the highest peak on Santa Cruz Island and a trip to the summit makes for a wonderful and extremely unique half-day adventure. Kari and I were up with the sun at 6am and walked across town to check out the short hike to Tortuga Bay, a pristine white-sand beach where a wide assortment of amazing wildlife can be found- in under two hours Kari and I saw countless marine iguanas, numerous sand pipers, long-billed curlews, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies, several species of sharks and crabs, finches, and plenty of other birds we couldn't immediately identify. While there, we could see the cloud layer lifting off Cerro Chacras, so we headed back to town, past many more iguanas on the way out, and rented bikes. The bike ride to the trailhead is definitely tiring as you gain about 550m in order to reach the trailhead. Well worth it to enjoy the fresh air and the scenery, and obviously riding down 550 vertical meters afterward is an absolute blast. The trail itself is quite simple, and leads the hiker through two distinct ecological zones, the lower of which is very lush and jungle-like while the upper zone consists of some ferns, small wildflowers, and the endemic and highly endangered Micona shrub, found only at high elevations on Santa Cruz and San Cristobal islands. The summit view, which I understand we were quite lucky to see since it's usually socked in, was fantastic- the Isabela volcanoes were clearly visible, as was Tortuga Bay where we'd been that morning, Baltra Island, North Seymour, and many other islands as well, all nearly 3,000ft below. Very cool peak located in a highly unique ecological area. Well worth the visit. Feel free to message me if you need trailhead directions in the future.
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Cerro Chacras (Crocker) from Tortuga Bay. We biked to the trailhead and climbed later that morning (2018-10-25). Photo by Alex Lennon.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2835 ft / 864 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2835 ft / 864 m
    Route:Sea to summit from Puerto Ayora
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics

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