Ascent of Cerro El Pital on 2019-07-28

Climber: Tom Milliard

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 28, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bus
Peak:Cerro El Pital
    Location:Honduras/El Salvador
    Elevation:8957 ft / 2730 m

Ascent Trip Report

I travelled down from Copan Ruinas (Honduras) across the day, with local buses firstly to Santa Rosa, then to Ocotepeque. Then a shared taxi to the border (under $1). The border was very fast, less than 20 minutes, before a bus to San Ignacio. From here i had to wait 1.5 hours for Central Americas slowest chicken bus up the hill! (if I had known, I would have hitched). The bus takes 45 minutes to grind up the 8km to the trailhead! I stayed in the only hotel/cabins which were open, Las Flores, just a few metres downhill from the trailhead. Being settled by 1530 I decided to get the hike out of the way, and marched up the 4x4 road up to the twin summits of El Pital. Just before you reach the plateau between the peaks, you pay $3 to enter the area. There are many campsites here which would be nice to stay. At the parking area, take the less obvious road to the left, passing a blue /white chequered wall on your right as you briefly descend, before the final 100m steep ascent past a grassy area to the radio mast. There are fierce dogs in that compound, fortunately locked up. The summit is simple and clear, with a Honduras/El Salvador border marker and seating area. After a few snaps I raced the storm downhill (I won!) and was eating an average pizza before 6pm. The following morning I hitched back to San Ignacio to save my sanity on the chicken bus! On to Santa Ana!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1854 ft / 565 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1854 ft / 565 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1854 ft / 565 m
    Loss on way in:1854 ft / 565 m
    Start Trailhead:Village trailhead  
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:50 Minutes

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