Cerro El Pital

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El Pital mountain is the highest point in El Salvador. It is located 12 kilometers from the town of La Palma and at a height of 2730 metres it is the highest point of the Salvadoran territory. It is a mountain in the middle of a cloudy forest that has an average annual temperature of 10ºC.

From the upper reaches, you can gaze miles north into neighboring Honduras and Guatemala and south toward the sprawling Embalse Cerrón Grande reservoir and the massive San Salvador volcano that broods over the capital.

El Pital, once a rebel lair in El Salvador's highlands, is now an unexpected haven of natural beauty and outdoors pursuits. The mountain have two peaks and a camping zone in the summit.

The views were nice, but I was not expecting to share the road with so many cars. The road is not just a hiking trail, but an actual road. There was not a steady stream of cars, but enough to be a bit annoying.

Elevation (feet): 8,957
Elevation (meters): 2,730
Continent: North America
Country: El Salvador/Honduras
Latitude: 14.3416
Longitude: -89.0974
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Nearest major airport: El Salvador international airport
Convenient Center: San Ignacio

Thanks to Humberto Corado for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

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  • Log #21894 - by Christian Rodriguez on Feb 15, 2010
    I went to this mountain at least 5 times. Always trying to find an interesting trail. Normal trail is an ugly and wide road. So finally, after 5 intents we open a new route in the north face of the...