Ascent of Volcán de Agua on 2018-01-22

Climber: Sam Grant

Others in Party:Ryder Irvine <1387>Greg Jagielski
Date:Monday, January 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán de Agua
    Elevation:12339 ft / 3760 m

Ascent Trip Report

We used an alternative starting point for this one to avoid parking in the town of Santa Maria de Jesus. An added bonus was it put us a little further up the trail maybe saving 300-400 feet of climbing. As you enter the town of Santa Maria de Jesus you will see a right hand turn (a Y in the road) turning onto a dirt road. This dirt road skirts the town and is a bit rough in parts but may be able to be driven in a lower clearance vehicle. We followed this road for about a mile and a half to it's end which intersected the trail near a cemetary. We started our hike from there which follows the standard route all the way to the top. We were mildly concerned with all the reports we had read on Agua not being a safe place to hike and needing a police escort to do so. This option allowed us not to drive into town and start higher up potentially avoiding any banditos on the lower part of the trail and the hike through town. Everyone we encountered on this hike was very friendly and we never felt unwelcomed or at any risk. In hindsight this hike as well as the rest of the time spent in Guatemala we never felt at any risk and everyone we encountered on the trails was friendly and quick to greet you. Don't be naïve and take precautions, but don't buy into what everyone is saying about it being an unsafe place to visit and hike. It appears they have taken great measures to make it a more welcoming place for tourists to visit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5301 ft / 1615 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5301 ft / 1615 m
    Round-Trip Distance:12.8 mi / 20.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5281 ft / 1609 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 5261 ft / 1603 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    Route:Standard Trail
    Start Trailhead:End of Dirt Road Outside of Town  7078 ft / 2157 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5281 ft / 1609 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 5261 ft / 1603 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:6.4 mi / 10.3 km
    End Trailhead:7078 ft / 2157 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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