Ascent of Cerro Maravillas on 2013-11-21

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, November 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro Maravillas
    Location:Puerto Rico
    Elevation:3970 ft / 1210 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had already done Cerro de Punta and Jayuya but did not have time to get the last two peaks along this roadway. Unfortunately between the rain, and bad road conditions I was pressed for time and descided to simply bag Maravilla this trip and leave Cerro Tres Dias for another trip as I was worried about hitting 4PM to 6PM traffic and I had a flight to get on. The mountain roads are very slow with some cars and trucks dropping you down to under 20 mph! It is about 40 minutes from the top of Ruta 141 to Juana Diaz at the bottom near the Autopista.

To my surprise, unlike the other two peaks, Cerro de Punta and Jayuya, there is a place to park safely here. Just down from the tower maintenance road there is a small park that had nice views and no one there. I parked, played on a big boulder, filmed the nasty black clouds rolling in and then ran down the road to about elevation 3800 to make a TH and then ran past the park and up the maintenance road to first cluster of mega towers. You can make the hike less than 100 feet by simply parking at the park and going up but I wanted to get some extra walking in so I headed downhill to start the hike. The mega towers show up on the database as the coordinates of the peak HP but it is not. It was incorrectly marked. If you head up SE along a jeep trail there is one more smaller tower closer to Ruta 143 which is the true summit. There was some amazing views of the island off to the south and I Could see the ocean and harbors from 4000 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:170 ft / 51 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
clear with thunderstorm clouds coming in
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:170 ft / 51 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Maintenance road to tower
    Start Trailhead:Parking area off Ruta 143  3800 ft / 1158 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Route:Maintenance road to tower
    End Trailhead:Parking area off Ruta 143  3850 ft / 1173 m

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