Ascent of Torreón del Pinar  on 2010-11-07

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Sunday, November 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Torreón del Pinar 
    Elevation:5407 ft / 1648 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first of 3 peaks climbed today and I made a pre-dawn start to make sure of my evening flight home. The trailhead on the S side of the A372 (N36 45 17.6 W5 26 08.5 GPSr, 864m) has a fairly large parking area and colourful signs marking the Sendero El Torreón, hence isn't hard to spot, although note that it is a long way W of the road summit.

An obvious trail heads initially N, crosses a fence (gate) then immediately turns L (W) and makes an ascending traverse around a wide spur into a dry valley re-entrant, well defined and climbing quite steeply. The 1:50,000 map ( shows this path running out at about 1500m. The map at the trailhead shows the path continuing E to the lower (SE) summit of El Torreón. However it seems that the main path may in fact go to the main summit, i.e. Pinar. Not realising this, at 1475m I left the path and headed up rough scrambly limestone slopes to reach the main ridge, then followed this (faint path, some awkward blocky scrambling, and false summits to avoid) to reach the summit. This has a smallish cairn; the mapped triangulation point is not the typicaly cylindrical IGN pillar but a Bolt (a disappointing rusty steel rod set in concrete on an outcrop). The cloud was down to about 1600m so there was no view - except vertically down the impressive cliffs of the north face.

The now-obvious main path led initially S, descending steeply to the valley/re-entrant (nothing really harder than brief sections of YDS 2+). I was looking out for the fork with the "main" El Torreón path but never spotted it, but in ascent it might be necessary to look out for a left fork, following the path N towards Pinar.

I set out at 07:00, was at the summit in 1h05 and after a few chilly minutes at the summit, was down in 0h50, moving fairly quickly in nice cool conditions. The occupants of a large motor home which had arrived quietly overnight while I was asleep, were now well and truly awake. After a brief break for food I made the short drive north to Lijar, on dramatically scenic, twisty roads, almost deserted this still-early Sunday morning. has saddle 714m, suggesting P934m
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2604 ft / 792 m
    Extra Gain:16 ft / 4 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Sendero El Torreón
    Trailhead:A372, El Torreón trailhead  2835 ft / 864 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:0 Hours 50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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