Ascent of Volcán Tajumulco on 2018-01-24

Climber: Sam Grant

Others in Party:Kadee Smith
Ryder Irvine
Greg Jagielski
Date:Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Volcán Tajumulco
    Elevation:13845 ft / 4219 m

Ascent Trip Report

For Tajumulco we decided to take an alternate route. Aside from it being much shorter and less elevation gain, the primary deciding factor for this route was it felt like a much safer option. Following the standard driving directions for Tajumulco you will pass through the town of San Sebastián. In the heart of this very small town you will need to be looking for a left hand turn just beyond a cattle auction. If you get to the sign indicating Tajumulco to the left you’ve gone to far. I’m not going to get into driving directions too much but if you make this turn and have either Google Maps or Gaia you can easy enough follow this road to the trailhead. Additionally if you look at my GPS track and follow the road back to San Sebastián you can follow that with the Peakbagger App. The map is very accurate on peakbagger and Gaia.

The road up to this starting point is a cobble stone road that in a lot of cases is a smoother drive than the paved road you drive in to get to San Sebastián. Though it’s smooth one will need a vehicle with 4 low to make it as it is very steep in places and without 4 low I’d have stalled out several times. It also comes in handy on the drive down. The road first gains several hundred feet though a residential area and at around 10,000 feet you climb above the houses into a bit more inhospitable area. Continue along this incredibly scenic road to its apex at 11,700’+. The road from here continues down a serious series of switchbacks dropping over 5000’ into a small village with no other inlet or outlet.

At the heighth of this road is the start of the hike. There is only room for one vehicle to park here but don’t plan on seeing any other vehicles. We turned around at this point and drove down 50 feet to a culvert with a place to pull off and point down hill and parked there. The hike itself is very short and the trail is easy to follow. From the TH you will see numerous blazed trees but it isn’t that necessary as the trail is well defined. Within a mile or so you you will intersect the standard trail at around 12,500’. From there follow the standard route up to the top.

Round trip hiking distance was 3.8 miles and 2200’ including the hike around the crater rim.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2332 ft / 710 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2332 ft / 710 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2125 ft / 647 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Shorter Route- See GPS Track and TR
    Start Trailhead:11720 ft / 3572 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2332 ft / 710 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2125 ft / 647 m; Extra: 207 ft / 63m
    Gain on way out:207 ft / 63 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    End Trailhead:11720 ft / 3572 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Sam Grant
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