Ascent of Montaña de Santa Bárbara on 2014-12-07
|Others in Party:||Denise Mclellan|
|Date:||Sunday, December 7, 2014|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Bus|
|Peak:||Montaña de Santa Bárbara|
| Elevation:||9003 ft / 2744 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDirt road to El Cedral village then up through fields to path onto mountain. Path gradually degenerates to a bushwhack up onto the heavily vegetated summit plateau.
We hired the services of a local lad to guide us through the lower fields and up the mountain which appears to be a reasonably conventional tourist trip. Our guide considered 'up the mountain' as a point in the open forest on the middle slopes and was very unwilling to continue higher. Once we continued, he continued with us, at first very reluctantly, but once he realised we were serious soon got into the spirit of reaching the summit. The summit plateau is heavily vegetated but we reached a large tree which our guide said he recognised as being where a survey team recently reached and declared the high point. We were less certain and thrashed around the immediate area but exploring the plateau would be a considerable undertaking and the high point could be anywhere.
We stayed at the excellent D&D Brewery Lodge (Aldea Los Naranjos 4km Carretera a Las Vegas/El Mochito Lago de Yojoa, Honduras) ddbrewery.com who made arrangements for our local guide. Their Lago de Yojoa early morning bird trip was also really excellent and could not come more highly recommended.
Although you could probably make your own way through the lower fields a local guide both overcame any access issues that may exist on the farm land and gained the start of the mountain path.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||3773 ft / 1150 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5 mi / 8 km|
| Trailhead:||El Cedral 5230 ft / 1594 m|
| Grade/Class:||YDS2 for vegetation|
| Quality:||7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Unmaintained Trail|
| Gear Used:||Guide|
| Weather:||Pleasant, Calm|
| Time:||3 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time:||2 Hours 50 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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