Ascent of Cerro Tláloc on 2015-02-10

Climber: David Howells

Others in Party:Carlos Romay
Paul Sandler and Bernardo Alfonso.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cerro Tláloc
    Elevation:13642 ft / 4158 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cerro Tlaloc, 4,157m. This was a nice surprise day for us, a group of four experienced guides and walkers setting out from Rio Frio, the small town at the base of this mountain. Basically we travelled to Rio Frio from Mexico City and started off at 9.30am.
It's easy to find somewhere to park in the town and then just head roughly north west and find the trail that heads away from the glorious view of the 'Cabeza' (head) of nearby Ista.
The trail is a wide one and you can't miss it really as it lays on the outskirts of the town. If you have any difficulties just ask. The trail is in reality a rough road and is suitable for a four wheel vehicle and it meanders up through a lovely pine forest, which restricts your view but it is still pleasant.
Just stick to the trail and after four k's you start to come out on a plateau. You are still on the big trail and it generally heads to the right. If you come to a junction just follow the yellow arrows. You have views from the plateau and to the left, about 2ks away is the summit of Telopan (4,060m). You will move away from this for another four k's until you come to a single track trail. Follow this until you come to the rock banded summit area of Tlaloc.
Now you go to the left of the rock bands, it's a bit of a bushman cross country trip but we managed to follow the trail up around to the left and had bit of a neat scramble until you come out above the bands. Another k and you come to the broad summit where you have the old Aztec pyramid.
It is time to head down now and this is a bit of bush trek too but the views are quite nice. You have great views of Ista's 'Cabeza' again and it is all very pleasant. Now I would return the same way as you came if you lack hiking competency and use a GPS if you can. We returned a different way heading down the rock band and ended up on a good off piste trip...all rather fun. After a jaunt back down the trail we ended back in Rio Frio. All in all this was a very good hiking day. Nice views, good trail, pine forest hike, easy scrambling and moderate route finding problems. No maps available to us but we got a gps track downloaded from wiki log. Take a gps if you can even if it's only to back track.

Facts and figures
4ks to the plateau, 4 k's to the rock band and 3ks to the summit (approximate distances).
GPs figures. 12.7ks ascent, total of 24.45ks. Moving time 6hrs.15mins. Ascent 1,070m. Ascent Time 3hr 45m. Decent Time 2hr 30m.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3839 ft / 1170 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3510 ft / 1069 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.2 mi / 24.5 km
    Grade/Class:Easy hiking with som
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Sunny and clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3839 ft / 1170 m
    Distance:7.9 mi / 12.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Rio Frio   9803 ft / 2987 m
    Time:3 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3510 ft / 1069 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    End Trailhead:Rio Frio   10132 ft / 3088 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by David Howells
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