Ascent of Cerro El Espolon on 2014-02-11

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cerro El Espolon
    Elevation:10696 ft / 3260 m

Ascent Trip Report

Following my successful ascent of Cerro Tláloc, I spent the night in a cheap roadside motel near San Juan del Rio, waking up early to drive up to the trailhead for Cerro El Espolon. This hike was to be the shortest of my trip, as today was primarily intended for driving to Lagunita San Diego and arranging the following day's hike up Cerro La Joya. The road to the trailhead is paved all the way from the main highway, with a short section of cobblestone in the town of Chavarrias. Park at the very top of the paved road within sight of the summit radio towers. There is a large parking area here and a dirt road heads for the summit. The road ends at a cement chapel and from that point a well maintained trail heads to the summit, passing through a gate along the way. The summit has a collection of radio crap on top, but the high ground is located outside of the compound. I snapped a few pictures and headed down.

On the way to Lagunita San Diego, I first checked out Chavarrias' main church and then had some time in downtown Jalpan to explore the mission.

GPS track notes & beta: I left a waypoint where I turned off the main highway (Hwy 120) as well as the trailhead waypoint. When driving through the first town (Soyatal/Frio Sombrete), keep right at the only fork as you enter the town. I initially made a wrong turn here, but figured it out within a few hundred feet.

Pictures of Cerro El Espolon and Jalpan

1.68 mi
2.4 mph avg moving speed
42 min moving time
6 min stopped
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:788 ft / 240 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:788 ft / 240 m
    Route:Dirt Rd
    Start Trailhead:9908 ft / 3019 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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