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El Cofre de Perote

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david h wrote a review Jan 2015
Brecon Beacons National Park, United Kingdom724 contributions182 helpful votes
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I am a UK mountain leader and have spent quite a few winters here now in Mexico and slowly and surely I am ticking off all of the major peaks. This one Cofre de Perote is not such a lovely peak because the summit is covered in a variety of radio/mobile masts and is an eyesore but the journey to it is great so read on. The peak proper is 4,217m and we arrived at the summit via the Espinosa del Diablo rout (the Devils backbone route). It is 7.75k round trip to the summit of cofre and the summit. It took us 3hr and12min with a total time including rests of 4hours. The hike has around 439m of ascent. Find your own way to Cofre and approach via the rough road to the radio site. 2ks down the road from the summit area is an obvious parking spot on a corner with a map of the area. Park there and cross the road and follow an obvious uphill trail that leads you to the great ridge line of the Diablo. The ridge is very exposed in one place where there is a brilliant 'stepped' gap with a metal roped handrail. Be careful if it's windy! For those of a more nervous disposition this section is hard to protect. Continue on this great little ridge up and around the great rock prominentary that is cofre de perote. Follow the rock round and you will come to buildings. There is an obvious gap between the buildings with steep narrow steps leading to the ugly masted summit. The steps are very steep but they are interesting. At the summit look for the obvious summit section amidst all of these masts ... It's to the right once you get to the top of the steps. Once you come back down the steps, head south on an obvious ridge line right to the end where you will get great views of Orizaba in the distance. Follow the road back down to the car. All in all it is an unworthy summit but the ridge to it makes it a worthwhile trip. It looses a star because of the summit 'mess' but apart from that it makes for a good outing if you are considering doing Orizaba which is nearby. Enjoy it...
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Date of experience: December 2014
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