Nevado de Toluca
Photo by Tato Arce
|Range/Region:||Sierra Madre Occidental|
|Best months for climbing:||Apr, May, Jun, Jul|
|Nearest major airport:||Toluca|
Thanks to Jos» Alfonso Moreno Diaz for adding this peak.
Se encuentra ubicado a unos cuantos kilometros de la Ciudad de Mexico y de el iztaccihuatl , popocatepetl y Pico de orizaba, es un volcan extinto con dos bellas lagunas en su crater hasta el cual se puede llegar en coche. Es la cuarta montana mas alta de Mexico.
At 4,691 m (15,390 ft), Nevado de Toluca is Mexico's fourth highest mountain and offers some of the best moderate alpine climbing in Mexico.
In addition to the solitude of its ridges, the mountain provides a stunning setting for climbing, since its crater contains two large lakes (Laguna de la Luna and Laguna del Sol). These lakes are extremely cold, yet according to Secor, scuba diving is still practiced by some very brave divers. There are some nice hiking options around these lakes which may appeal to non-climbers.
Access to the volcano is easy, since a rough road (passable by 2-wheel drive cars) leads all the way into the crater. There are a number of lodging options along this road, including a state-run hut at 4,050 m (excellent for acclimatizing). A trail leads from this hut directly into the crater in about 1-2 miles.
Thanks to Jos» Alfonso Moreno Diaz for this description.