Cerro Negro

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Cerro Negro is one of the younger volcanoes in the Cordillera de los Maribios. The basaltic cinder cone began erupting in 1850 and has since then erupted nearly 23 times, with it's most recent eruption in 1999.

The easiest approach to the mountain is from the city of Leon, Nicaragua. Take the road heading northeast out of town towards the small town of Malpaisillo. Travel about 23 km along this road. Cerro Negro will be a couple kilometers south of this area on the road.

I remember there being a multitude of unnamed and unmarked dirt roads with ranches and fences in the area. There are a number of guides and services in Leon that will be able to help you navigate your way to the volcano.

The climb takes no more than 4 or 5 hours total (most likely less than this). It is preferable to go in the morning to avoid the heat of the day on the black slopes of the volcano.

When I was there in December of 2006 the volcano was almost entirely black and it was possible to descend into the crater and see smoke and smell sulfur. Coming down the loose slopes was fun and at the end of the day your boots will be full of small black rocks.

Elevation (feet): 2,388
Elevation (meters): 728
Continent: North America
Country: Nicaragua
Range/Region: Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador Ranges
Latitude: 12.506111
Longitude: -86.701944
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1999
Year first climbed: cerca 1850
Nearest major airport: Leon
Convenient Center: Leon

Thanks to Sam Morrison and KMC for contributing to these details. (View history)

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