Hiking Volcan Nevado de Colima
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Oct 18, 2013 10:03 PM Last Post By: chris0daniel
Oct 17, 2013 11:41 AM
Hiking Volcan Nevado de ColimaHi
I'm looking to hike the Volvan Nevado de Colima towards the end of December and am looking for someone (or a few people) to join me in order to lower the price of a guide and transport. I'm a bit flexible on dates, but it would have to be towards the end of december (the 20 - 30 ish).
I'm a 33 year old Canadian guy on a short christmas vacation in Mexico. If you think you might be interested, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
also, if anyone has done this hike and has any comments about how it was, please post here as I couldn't find much on the forum.
Oct 17, 2013 12:50 PM
1Do you mean Volcan de Colima or Nevado de Colima, because they are two different peaks? And isn't there still an exclusion zone surrounding the peaks because of volcanic activity?
Consider La Malinche (4460m), east of Mexico City, as another possible hike, one that can be done safely, and without a guide.
Oct 17, 2013 1:54 PM
Oct 17, 2013 5:07 PM
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Oct 17, 2013 7:46 PM
4This recent thread contains some information about Colima State's two volcanoes and also its Sierra Manantlan Biosphere Reserve.
Oct 17, 2013 7:57 PM
5dgoodman--If you've not already seen them, you may find Summit Post's "Mexico Volcanoes" web pages helpful. There's information there about the two Colima peaks, Malinche, and some other mountains. See:
Oct 18, 2013 6:36 PM
6Hi there, I guess you mean Volcan de Colima. Volcan de Fuego is active and it's a closed area.
I summited the end of May of last year solo ... Overall it was an easy climb, more of a hike except for the last 30 min or so where you go up the rocks using your hands a bit... But in December there will be snow but I doubt you would need crampons or ice ax.
I took the bus in Ciudad Guzman to a crossroad, then a collectivo to the village at the foot of the volcano, El Fresnito. They were pretty helpfull at the bus station, and you can actually see the volcano from the terminal. El fresnito is actually of the main road. So from the village I walked back to the main road, and after 15 minutes left hand side there is a sign to the volcano. It was a five hour walk slightly uphill on a dirt road to the entrance of the NP where I paid 27 pesos I believe. From the entrance it's some 20 min. to the cabañas where you can spend the night in the dorm. Around Christmas there will be lots of people I imagine. From the cabañas you can walk the dirt road up to the antenna at the saddle. I took one of the shorter trails heading through the forest directly for the saddle. You can't really get lost, just head for the saddle.
Oct 18, 2013 7:14 PM
7ncst--Thanks for your helpful post about independently hiking up Nevado de Colima. I'm glad that's open to the public these days.
By chance do you remember any places located along the road up, and also within the National Park, where a person could obtain drinking water? I mean streams, inhabited farm houses, irrigation ditches, stock ponds, etc. If I go there I'll carry camping gear with me, obtaining water along the way which I will purify well before drinking.
I hike at only about half the pace of most other people, so your 5 1/2 hours up the road to the National Park might take 11 hours/two days for me for accomplish. Therefore, the presence or absence of intermediate water sources interests me.
Oct 18, 2013 7:39 PM
8I somehow can't edit my first post...
I checked my photos, and it took me exactly 4 hours from the road (from 'el milanes') to the park entrance, a flat area which is also called 'La Joya' at 3350m. When I hike alone I don't really take breaks, only to take photos, so I guess it is between 4 to 5 hours. Its fine to go even slower :-) but I can't remember any streams. It's just a winding dirt road up the slopes of the volcano. But then I went in May, before the rainy season...
I did hike down from 'La Joya' along a trail called 'El Tubo'. This trail follows a pipe line that takes water from the volcano down to the villages. It was good and fast to go down this way, but uphill it would be a pretty steep hike, but I can't say I saw spots to fill up your water bottle. I bought two bottles in El Fresnito, and then filled them again at the cabañas with tap water...
Here is a photo of the area that I took at the park entrance. Looking back, I climbed along route 1, the easiest route. Route 3 and 4 are similar, but at the end go up a scree slope. I never saw route 2 & 5 but they seem to go up the steeper side of the volcano, not really recommendable.
I hope you can zoom in at bit somehow:
Oct 18, 2013 10:02 PM
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