Ascent of Cerro Ocotillo on 2017-01-05

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, January 5, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro Ocotillo
    Location:El Salvador
    Elevation:3327 ft / 1014 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short hike across cattle pasture but might be best to ask the armed soldier first.

The morning after our San Vicente ascent, we drove up thru Sensuntepeque and continued thru small village of Victoria immediately S of summit. Road turns to dirt here for last mile, ok in 2wd. Hiked N on short steep track then L thru gate into field with cows, gate marked Privado but with an obvious pedestrian way thru. Turned R and headed for comms tower, passing armed soldier in a secure compound, friendly wave, Buenos Dias. Up to comms fence which is at expected highpoint. But my hand level makes the summit 500m to SW higher by 5-10m, not as expected from map. It has a radar installation. Alan checks with the guard, no problem, we wander across the pasture, lovely views including yesterday's Volcan San Vicente. Highpoint is a small concrete trig pillar dated 2000, just behind the radar compound, 13.95957N, -88.63830E. We're careful not to be out of sight of the guard too long. Another friendly wave as we return to car. We'd first visited the east summit in the village by the school. Hand level makes it 1m lower than the comms tower.

Nice little bonus summit. We head back to San Salvador planning to visit Volcan San Salvador this pm.

1010 p630 from Jonathan de Ferranti. SW summit is at least 5m higher than the expected E summits, determined by 2x Seco hand level. Gps 13.95957 N, -88.63830 E

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:128 ft / 39 m
    Total Elevation Loss:128 ft / 38 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 2
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:128 ft / 39 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 79 ft / 25 m; Extra: 49 ft / 14m
    Loss on way in:49 ft / 14 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    Start Trailhead:Road to east  3248 ft / 989 m
    Time:10 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:79 ft / 24 m
    Distance:0.3 mi / 0.5 km
    End Trailhead:Road to east  3248 ft / 989 m
    Time:10 Minutes

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