Ascent of Nevado de Toluca on 2020-01-22

Climber: Sam Grant

Others in Party:Greg Jagielski
Date:Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Nevado de Toluca
    Elevation:15354 ft / 4679 m

Ascent Trip Report

Attached is our descent track. This route would work great for an ascent if starting from the lower parking area where you pay to access the area.

When we arrived they had the road barricaded off to drive higher up the mountain to the standard starting point. From there we hiked the road, over 5 miles to the TH and continued up the trail and down into the crater. As we continued on past the laguna and on up the standard route we were met by a couple of armed police officers who were not letting anyone proceed up the mountain. I guess because of recent snow and a SAR a couple days earlier they had the upper mountain locked down. There was maybe an inch of snow on the ground.

Knowing we were not going to be able to plead with the local police we looked to find an alternate route to the top. Not knowing the area, but looking at maps it looked like there might be a viable route up the gully leading to near the summit or up the ridge leading directly to the summit. After hiking back down the road a couple miles we cut off cross country aiming for the saddle between Cerro Prieto and Toluca. Once near the gully we spotted a trail that looked very well defined. We chose to follow this trail all the way to the rim of the crater. A short distance later you reach the summit. There is a fork in this trail that heads up to the saddle of Toluca and Prieto, giving you the option of hiking the gully or ridge. Gaining the ridge would make for a great ascent and using the gully would be a good descent.

From this side we saw no officials and felt comfortable in playing ignorant if we did. After a quick tag of the summit we headed back down, this time following the trail as far as it went. As we descended we could tell it was going to get us near the lower parking area where our car was. The trail was great but ultimately ended when it met up with a small road. We followed this for a while picking up other roads and trials that kept us heading for our car. We ultimately picked up a trail that took us down to the lower parking area. Kind of a long ordeal, but were happy to persevere and get the peak.

I post this track and TR if anyone is looking for more of a hike on this one or if the road is closed to the standard trailhead. This route is very good and quite enjoyable. A good one to keep in mind as a plan B.

Stats on this include the road hike up, being turned back, and finding an alternate route. GPS track is just the descent.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4904 ft / 1494 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4582 ft / 1396 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4904 ft / 1494 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 322 ft / 98 m; Extra: 4582 ft / 1396m
    Loss on way in:4582 ft / 1396 m
    Distance:15.8 mi / 25.4 km
    Start Trailhead:15032 ft / 4581 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Sam Grant
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