Ascent to La Cruz de Jalipa on 2010-02-22

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Monday, February 22, 2010
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Place:La Cruz de Jalipa
    Elevation:591 ft / 180 m

Ascent Trip Report

Short easy hike

Rose and I bussed here a few days ago to visit this small pueblo of Jalipa .... about 80 years old, located 5km north of the Port of Manzanillo, off of route #98. Only the main North-South street of Avenida Lazaro Gardenas is paved, the rest of the streets are cobble or dirt. It has of course a Jardin and a church in the center of the pueblo. The main street serves as an alternate truck route from the port, paralleling route #98 .... in my opinion not a good thing.
I learned that the visible Cruz on the slopes of the mountain behind/west of the church has a trail to it ...... I decided to come back to check it out for a possible route to the Highpoint of the area (Southwest of La Cruz) and to add it to PB .... reason for today's visit.

The TH for this hike is at the church on Avenida Lazaro Gardenas, Jalipa, which can be reached by bus/car. Walk west up the cobblestone road (just south of the church), it becomes dirt as it turns left into a small sand quarry. At left/far end look for a rough trail that climbs west to a small ridge ( a side trail leads left to a private casita), once on the ridge it is a good trail all the way up the ridge (signs of recent maintenance) to La Cruz on a small bump ..... erected on the 3rd of May, 1954 (Dia de La Cruz), it offers good views of the pueblo and the peak of Prieto across the valley to the east ..... 2km, half an hour RT.

The Highpoint of this area is about 2km southwest of La Cruz. From La Cruz a good herd path leads up the ridge in the direction of the Highpoint, so I decided to follow it ...... going over 2 bumps, down to a col then up again up to higher bump. After about half a kilometer and an hour of work I decided to turn back ...... the trail badly overgrown in places required a lot of machette cutting/clearing work. I should come back to further explore this route as an access to the Highpoint.


Latitude: 19.122707, Longitude: -104.274673
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:361 ft / 110 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:from church in jalipa/road west to ridge trail
    Trailhead:Jalipa, church on avenida lazaro gardenas  230 ft / 70 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:15 Minutes

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