Nevado de Colima

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Nevado de Colima is the seventh highest mountain in Mexico. It is the higher and older of two towering volcanoes that comprise the Colima Volcanic Complex south of the city of Guadalajara. The steep sharp mountain is somewhat eroded but still retains its conal shape. It has not erupted in modern times, but its neighboring peak to the south, called Volcan de Colima or Volcan de Fuego (12,655 ft.) is a relatively new cone that is still active today, and is one of the most active volcanoes in Mexico. Its current eruptive activity began with an explosion on July 6, 1998. For this reason climbing to the top is dangerous and prohibited.

Elevation (feet): 14,600
Elevation (meters): 4,450
Continent: North America
Country: Mexico
Range/Region: Cordillera Neovolcanica
Latitude: 19.55
Longitude: -103.633
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1998
Nearest major airport: Colima National Airport, located 15 km north to Colima City.
Convenient Center: Colima City, Mexico,

Trip Reports

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

There are 38 trip reports for Nevado de Colima.

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  • Log #22127 - by Admire Mexico Tours on Jan 27, 2011
    The day started a little late but we got to the antenas by 10:00am from there we rested a while and started the scramble and reached the summit at 12:30pm great view of the adjacent fire Volcano!...
  • Log #21525 - by Jupiter Rivera on Nov 30, 2008
    Team members: Rene de Winter, Ingrid Velasco & Jupiter Rivera This time we started a bit late the climb, it was noon and we were at the antenas. 10 minutes later part of the Volcan de Fuego was...
  • Log #21258 - by Jupiter Rivera on Apr 16, 2008
    We started from the antenas at noon, and took us about an hour and half to reach the summit, there are some parts were there are loose rocks so you have to be carful. Stayed at the summit for half an...
  • Log #21052 - by Russ Tracy on Oct 01, 2007
    Started our climb very early so that we could see Mt. Fuego before the cloud cover moved in. Incredible view and a fun climb. Took me and a friend about 4 hours.
  • Log #20750 - by Duncan on Apr 22, 2007
    Great Climb,Mostly a hike to 13,000 ' level. Had to climb last 1000'. 2, Peaks, we climbed the easier peak as we had no equipment. Day was clear had a teriffic view of the Colima Volcano, 5...
  • Log #1279 - by Cristian Larios Ocon on Nov 01, 2004
    Que les puedo decir, si yo soy de Colima, es lo mas hermoso y asombroso que tu te puedes imaginar, porque estas viendo 2 volcanes al mismo tiempo, y estuvo mas increible el otro ano cuendo entro en...
  • Log #1284 - by Jose Antonio Gutierrez Maga'a on Nov 01, 2004
    It's not true that you need a 4x4, you can get to the "Nevado" with a normal truck, but if there hasn't been raining or snowing you can get to "Nevado" with a car if you don't care about driving your...
  • Log #1252 - by Jesus Ponce on Sep 16, 2004
    Este año tuve la oportunidad de divertirme como nunca, siendo un entusiasta de los deportes extremos, aproveche este año para ir tres veces al nevado de colima (enero y febrero) y practicar el...
  • Log #1253 - by Garrick Dutcher on May 28, 2004
    Great climb. As challenging as you want to make it. As low as class 3-4, with choices for class 5 climbing on either side of the chutte. Good solid rock outside of the chutte.
  • Log #1254 - by Chris Robinson on Nov 05, 2003
    Be warned! I was just on a perfectly ordinary, all-inclusive package holiday in the resort city of Manzanillo on the coast. We took an organized excursion to the charming colonial city of...
  • Log #1255 - by Eric Wakild on Aug 21, 2003
    After driving from Tucson, AZ down Baja and taking the ferry from La Paz to Mazatlan, my wife, Emily, and I drove to the state of Colima. After talking to the park ranger for a few minutes (he was...
  • Log #1256 - by Sophie Hughes on Apr 19, 2003
    Started from our camp in La Joya and followed dry riverbed directly to the north ridge. Scrambled up through one of the couloirs that leads to saddle between main peak and north peak. Did not see...
  • Log #1257 - by Sarah Connelly on Apr 02, 2003
    During my time in Guzman the volcano was heavily active so we were told by Proteccion Civil that we wouldnt be able to get to the summit. But with a local friend (a paramedic and Mt rescuer) i...
  • Log #1258 - by Tancred Creagh on Jan 16, 2003
    Found the Ibarra household in El Fresnito. They do not run a guide service anymore, but Augustine happened to be home for the holidays and offered to go up the mountain with me. The Proteccion Civil...
  • Log #1260 - by Gilberto N. Cerda Carrillo. on Dec 12, 2002
    En la fecha, fuimos siete personas, 3 instructores del Curso Iniciacion al montanismo, y 4 alumnos, impartido por el Presidente, el Tesorero, y un guia calificado, de la Asociacion de Excursionismo,...
  • Log #1261 - by Barry Beck on Oct 15, 2002
    I was at about the 12,000 foot level of the peak working an a long-term dendrochronology project with the University of Nevada, Reno, and took the morning off to climb up to the summit via the ruta...
  • Log #1262 - by Gilberto N. Cerda Carrillo. on Aug 18, 2002
    This peak actually does not is in activity. Other name knowed is Volcan de Nieve. The Volcan de Fuego Colima is in activity, sited south of Nevado Colima. Both situated en Jalisco State, and...
  • Log #1263 - by fernando camarena de la mora on Jan 19, 2002
    es una motana muy bonita, si vives en guadalajara es un viaje muy corto. se puede ir con toda la familia y cualquier coche puede subir, no se necesita doble traccion. lo unico malo es que hay mucha...
  • Log #1264 - by Patricia Capsey on Dec 06, 2001
    Dress in layers and wear sunscreen. My face was badly burned!
  • Log #1265 - by Hector Ruben Rodriguez on Sep 13, 2001
    I reached the summit of Nevado de Colima in May 5th, 2001. It was the second time for me on that mountain and I was climbing with a friend of Guadalajara, and 3 friends from Ciudad Guzman. There was...
  • Log #1266 - by antonio igarta topete on May 25, 2001
    this is in honor to HERNANDEZ PRIETO S.J. FOUNDER OF CAIC,A.C. he was my teacher and he was my friend. i wento to the top of nevado the colima many times, today i love the mountains still.
  • Log #1267 - by Alex Silva on May 16, 2001
    El nevado de colima es una de las montanas mas maravillosas que he escalado, recomendada ampliamente a todos aquellos que gusten de amar y respetar la naturaleza, si desean informacion sobre esta...
  • Log #1269 - by Eric McJason on Feb 13, 2001
    hola la mejor experiencia de mi vida
  • Log #1270 - by Juan Chavez on Jan 08, 2001
    Es de lo mejor que se puede realizar en la vida, estar a solas con Dios y hablar de tu a tu con el. Por cierto que casi me mato de un resbalon, se necesita tener buena condicion si se quiere llegar...
  • Log #1271 - by Ricardo Igartua on Dec 29, 2000
    Su servidor fue alpinista desde ni@o, fui Boy Scout luego perteneci al CAIC, Club Alpinista del Instituto de Ciencias de Guadalajara, con ellos subi el Nevado a pie desde la carretera, dormi en el...
  • Log #1272 - by Luis Arce on Dec 27, 2000
    Nesesito informacion de alguna escuela de alpinismo o gente que le guste el alpinismo y que lo practique seguido en Guadalajara Gracias
  • Log #1273 - by Dr Juan Arizpe on Dec 19, 2000
    Soy un dentista de Monterrey, mexico y es la segunda vez que vamos al Nevado, es un lugar para lograr un buen acondicionamiento fisico si deseas subir a los demas volcanes. Cuando suban, pregunten...
  • Log #1275 - by Ing. Alejandro Enriquez Galvan on June 18, 2000
    Muy bonita experiencia!
  • Log #1276 - by Antonio Zorrero on Feb 03, 2000
    Yo y unos amigos tenemos un equipo de alpinismo y camoismo y el lugar que mas hemos visitado es el nevado de Colima, ya que es de nuestro estado y esta muy cerca de guadalajara, es un lugar...
  • Log #1277 - by Uri Galon on Jan 16, 2000
    If you're going to hike up by foot, be prepared for some intense climbing. It took us (me and Eran Barel) about 8 hours to reach the mountain refuge "La Joya". We had to make frequent stops...
  • Log #1278 - by David Kelley on Oct 27, 1999
    I climbed el Nevado de Colima on Sunday with a group of friends. (Three of us are preparing to climb el Pico de Orizaba in December.) What an experience! I had done it before, but this time it was...
  • Log #1281 - by Miguel Agustin Mesa Perez on Oct 04, 1999
    This is a beautiful mountain, on the top it have a fisical environment very similar than Iztaccihuatl or Popocatepetl, but one kilometer lower, and the peak is very interesting.
  • Log #1282 - by Salvador Garcia on Aug 01, 1999
    Quetal a todos sere breve el nevado de colima es un paraiso y mi sue'o es poder regresar lagun dia la primera vez que fui hace 20 anos cuando tenia 13 años era boy scout del grupo uno de Sahuayo...
  • Log #1283 - by Melissa Stever on July 05, 1999
    Sitting at the peak, gazing in awe at the smoking neighboring volcano was one of the best experiences I've had. If I have the opportunity I will do it again.
  • Log #1285 - by D. PARRA on Dec 29, 1998
    SUBIMOS A PIE LA PRIMERA VEZ, LAS SIGUIENTES EN BICI DE MONTANA HASTA LAS ANTENAS, 3 HORAS DESDE EL PIE DEL NEVADO, LA BAJADA...EN 45 MIN .FUIMOS PETE GARIBAY,PATY RUIZ,EL HORSE ESPARZA,EL SOLOVINO...
  • Log #1286 - by James Lipp on Nov 26, 1998
    We tried to drive to La "J" in a Chevy Monza. You need a 4x4. We never made it to the Volcano. It got dark and we had no camping gear, food, or water.
  • Log #1287 - by Victor Hugo Mendoza on Nov 18, 1998
    This is a great mountain with wild faune, here you can find wolfs,deers a small type of bear, coyote and eagles, colibries and more! You may reach the peak by three ways: - Las Antenas - El espinazo...
  • Log #1288 - by jose antonio vega on Oct 26, 1998
    partcipante en varios ascensos como miembro del grupo montanista de ciudad guzman jalisco