Ascent of Pico de Las Tetas 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:Pico de Las Tetas
    Location:Puerto Rico
    Elevation:2828 ft / 861 m

Ascent Trip Report

Approaching 3000 feet, this peak is possibly the highest in one of the two counties (Municipalities)it appears to border (Aibonito and Salinas); however, I have not completed my research on that yet. What is certain, is there are few mountains in PR that is more noticeable than the two cliff faced twin peaks of the lower Las Tetas de Cayey which guard the entrance to this mountain peak. Those twins as spectacualr as they are - are on posted lands and I am not sure how to access them although I photographed a sign that will help work through that for another trip. But for today, my goal was to get on top of Las Tetas and see the true peak of the mountain, unmamed with of course, a tower, and look down on top of Las Tetas.

With a little research I selected the following manner to bag it. I left the Autopista from San Juan near the town of Cayey and took Ruta 1 south and then west till finding Ruta 162. Just before you turn north along 162 you start to get some peeks at Las Tetas from the sides and can really see how steep the cliff faces are! I parked at the base of the unnamed paved mountain road about a half mile or less from the intersection with Route 1 and Route 162. The road heads due south up the mountain about 500 feet and provides access to the tower. Worker vehicles were already parked there and I fit in just fine. I did not see a good place to park at the foot of the tower access road as the paved road was only 10 feet wide for 2 way traffic! Thus parking down at the intersection with Route 1 had a nice wide area I could safely stow my car out of the way. The very steep paved road hike was typical, some houses, some industrial sites, and plenty of dogs barking at me. "Hola perro!" I would say and reach down and pet them and then move on.

The road to the tower is across from the access to the house at the foot of the Las Tetas and you get a tantilizing view of them from up close. But the land is posted with no tresspasing signs so I honored those signs and took photos and headed up the dirt road to the top of the mountain close by. The best view is from the roadway looking down into the valley about half the way up and before reaching the highpoint in the roadway.

I found an old USGS map of the area that I can now not find again on the internet and it gave the exact BM elevation of the peak at 861.6 meters or 2826 feet. Bagged easily and with no fences or signs to prevent travel to the true peak. From the peak you can see clearly that the western most peak of Las Tetas is indeed about 20 to 30 meters higher than the easternmost but they are both over 100 feet lower than the mountain peak descibed herein where the tower is. For more information on the peaks see the provisional peak info I gave on all three.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:531 ft / 161 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Paved mountain road to tower road
    Trailhead:Intersection of Ruta 162 and unnamed mountain road  2297 ft / 700 m
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
beautiful day

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