Pico de Las Tetas, Puerto Rico
Prominence: 232 m, 761 ft
Elevation: 862 meters, 2828 feet
True Isolation: 12.39 km, 7.7 mi
|Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)||18° 5' 44'' N, 66° 13' 58'' W|
18.095605, -66.232734 (Dec Deg)
792884 E 2002961 N, Zone 19 (UTM)
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2013-11-21 by William Musser
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|This is the tallest peak in this area of of the island and is one of the most famous mountains on the island. Theh true peak here is in the Municpality of Aibonito although the more famous formations called "Las Tetas" on the USGS maps are slightly lower in elevation and to the SE. Those more famous twin peaks are in the Municipality of Salinas. There was a law suit over all of this as most people think the famous twin fomations are in the Municipality of Cayey but this was settled in court and can be seen correctly on the map herein (jsut SE of this peak). Understand that in PR, a "Municipality" is like a "County" in the USA states and they comprise of many towns and cities. There is a large City of Cayey that is nearby the formations and thus gave the misnomer that the twin peaks are of Cayey.|
The unique twin formations called Las Tetas are seen from the Autopista 52 and there is a reststop specially reserved for their viewing. They have rocky faces that stick out unlike all the heavily wooded mountains in the area and are very close together and form classic peaks with steep cliff edges facing the SE. They were named for there resemblance to a woman's figure. They are the two small features bisected by the roadway on the map extending SE of the actual peak of the mountain.
This mountain is also interesting and that once you pass this tall range and head south towards Ponce the island becomes "dryer" and the moutains transition quickly from palm and ferns to grass covered, thus this unmistakable mountain with its two lower twin formations acts like the gateway to the southern dryer island climate.
The actual twin peaks on the two formations called on the USGS maps (good luck in finding them - i have foudn them and lost them)- "Las Tetas" are under fence with warning signs in Spanish and an information contact sign, but the actual highest formation on the mountain is unnamed and thus, I have called it the "Pico de Las Tetas Aibonito" as all the USGS maps refer to the actual Tetas as "Las Tetas de Cayey" even though they are not even in the Cayey Municpality (they should be called Las Tetas de Salinas). Confused yet?
The next nearest highest neighbor to the true peak shown herein is a mountain SE of the Autopista 52 on Ruta 715 half way between the Town of Cayey and Coco. It is on the east side of the toll road in the "county" of Cayey.
The lowest connecting saddle along the ridge is at 540 meters and without a USGS map to refine, that is the best prominence calc we have till we get a more accurate topo source.
Finally,this true peak has an established USGS elevation which I was able to find at 861.1 meters over 100 feet higher than "Las Tetas de Cayey" and there is a tower on the top of the true peak. The USGS maps did not show any BM for either of the twin "Las Tetas" to the SE.
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