Nevado de Toluca

Elevation (feet): 15,197
Elevation (meters): 4,632
Continent: North America
Country: Mexico
Range/Region: Sierra Madre Occidental
Latitude: 19.101667
Longitude: -99.7675
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun, Jul
Nearest major airport: Toluca
Convenient Center: Toluca

Thanks to Jos» Alfonso Moreno Diaz and Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

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.

Dissected stratovolcano.

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.

Trip Reports

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

There are 13 trip reports for Nevado de Toluca.

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  • Log #22292 - by jessie_linette on Feb 16, 2012
    Easy to do it. The view is great.
  • Log #21949 - by Christian Rodriguez on Mar 05, 2010
    Really awesome views from the main summit. Two beautiful lagoons inside the crater looks really amazing, sadly on those days transit with cars was permited, so the magic sensation desapear. Actually...
  • Log #21290 - by Jose Luis Basabe on May 24, 2008
    Ascendimos Xabier Aparicio y yo al Nevado de Toluca el pasado 18 de Mayo. El tiempo amenazaba lluvia, pero finalmente nos respeto. En la cresta existía una ligera capa de nieve reciente. La...
  • Log #13131 - by Eric DeGiuli on Oct 25, 2003
    Had a wonderful time climbing this mountain! I have photos (including panoramas) on a webpage here: http://individual.utoronto.ca/edegiuli/Mexico/Thumbnails.html Enjoy!
  • Log #13132 - by David Pardo Vos on Oct 08, 2003
    No consegui llegar a la cima del pico del fraile por que soy un poco castaña, y casi nos cae la del pulpo (octopus rain). Pero las vistas eran bonitas y merece la pena subir o mejor dicho...
  • Log #13133 - by Andres on Sep 29, 2003
    Did the complete traverse of the crater rim with a friend. We took a rope and rock gear but ended up not using any of it. The climbing was outstanding (mostly class 4 with a few moves of easy class...
  • Log #13134 - by Rob Maupin on Aug 22, 2003
    April was a great month to climb b/c it's the dry season and the whole day was clear and beautiful. We arrived at the "Refugio" (a parking/bathroom stop on the N. outer side of the crater)...
  • Log #13135 - by Scott Patterson on Mar 05, 2003
    I climbed this peak on a solo trip to Mexico at age 18. I caught a ride all the crater lake this time. I tried the climb in mid December 1992, but turned back because of a heavy snowstorm (unusual...
  • Log #13136 - by vlad breton on Dec 24, 2002
    its a easy, but beatifull mountain (volcano), this place have some magic and mistery.
  • Log #13137 - by Arie Lubezky on Apr 25, 2001
    This was the first mountain for me. Accompanied by 9 more people I walked up 4 hours from the refugio to a place at about 4,000 meters on the south west part of the Nevado where we set camp. Being my...
  • Log #13138 - by Uwe Kraus on Feb 12, 2001
    Nevado de Toluca is a magnificent climb. I would recommend to spend a night in the crater. It is a great adventure and an ideal preparation for a higher mountain like Pico de Orizaba that I climbed a...
  • Log #13139 - by Horst Wilmes on Jan 30, 2000
    This was my acclimatisation mountain for Ixta and Orizaba. I took a bus form Toluca to Raices and hiked up to the crater with all my camping equipment. I camped in the crater: it was quite a cold...
  • Log #13140 - by Andreas Fink on Jan 17, 2000
    With me were Barbara Fink, Erich Resch, Ernst Kaider, Karl & Irene Huber, all from Austria. The last part to the summit is a desperate struggle against a big scree of loose rocks! No snow, nice...