Ascent of Volcán San Miguel on 2021-03-13

Climber: Sean Casserly

Date:Saturday, March 13, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Volcán San Miguel
    Location:El Salvador
    Elevation:6988 ft / 2129 m

Ascent Trip Report

We met local guide Fernando in Conacastal then rode in the back of a pick up truck through La Placita just southwest of town. Hikers without a capable vehicle may want to start here along the paved RN16S. We took the 2WD pick up truck as far up the dirt and cobblestone roads as we could. We began our hike here, following the road through a cedar forest. At roads end, we picked up our ascent trail which was less sandy than the alternate descent route. We followed this to the barren cinder cone above and began a long stretch of classic “2 steps up, 1 step down” volcano hiking. I’m not sure if I’ve had worse scree, but the scenery was dramatic enough to make me forget about it. I was very concerned with the temperature leading up to the hike, and while there was no shade, there was a nice breeze. Once at the crater rim, we dropped down to the edge of the vent and peered down to the steaming cauldron below. What an amazing sight! We then climbed back up to the crater rim and followed it all the way to the summit. In the end we did a loop around the entire crater rim which I highly recommend. The descent can be done very quickly with excellent boot skiing. Our guide claimed to have made it down from crater rim to road in 20 minutes, and I believe him. All in all, it was an amazing experience, and I highly recommend others visit this very active volcano while it is considered “safe”.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3089 ft / 941 m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3089 ft / 941 m
    Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Start Trailhead:3899 ft / 1188 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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