Ascent of Capulin Mountain on 2019-06-17

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:Geri Stewart
Date:Monday, June 17, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Capulin Mountain
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:8182 ft / 2493 m

Ascent Trip Report

No climbers are allowed on the ascent road up Capulin Volcano. Even bicycles are forbidden, so the only way to climb this highpoint is to drive up. The park service charged $20 per vehicle as of 2019, but they do honor the Golden Eagle Pass (one of the few advantages of getting old!). After driving the spiral road to the lowest elevation of the crater rim, located on the west side of the volcano, you still have to climb to the northeast side of the crater rim to reach the highest point. There is a one mile paved path around the entire volcanic rim and it is worth the hike, but if you are in a hurry take the trail to the left from the parking area in order to reach the highest point in the shortest distance. Your elevation gain from the parking area will be just a little over 300 feet. There is also a .2 mile one way paved trail leading to the crater floor. The views from the crater rim are excellent in all directions.
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    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail

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