Explore the most popular Parks in México with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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no shade
rocky
6 days ago

Nice trail. Beautiful views of two lakes and the surrounding mountains. We finished our 10km route in about 3 hours. There are several alternative trails that aren’t the official trail, but all are easy to find, and there are enough people walking around that you can always see where to go (you won’t get lost). Keep in mind the high altitude may affect you, so bring plenty of water and take breaks as needed. Oh, and the drive to get to the trailhead was about 1hr 20min on the entry road, and it was very ROUGH; unpaved, rocky, and difficult even for my 4WD Jeep. But it was fun all around and we may come back again!

28 days ago

Amazing

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rocky
1 month ago

Very exciting trail, difficult in some sections but with beautiful views. We started at 1am and we arrived to “La rodilla” (The Knee) just in time for the sunrise, this was a wonderful moment. Walking on the glacier, arrive to the summit and contemplate the landscape in all directions was an unforgettable experience.

This is a long but beautiful trail. At about the mile 2.2, I walked on the left side narrow trail that goes near the arroyo with fantastic vistas, then I took again the dirty road and return by the other side. Most of the trail you walk trough the forest full of plants and pine trees. At the top, the site and the views are wonderful!. I had an unforgettable experience.

this is a classic Mexico hike. however you must spend the night before at high elevation. There are many campsites near the trail head at 4000m elevation. serious hiking gear required. Poles a must for coming down the numerous ravelling gravel slopes. I started from Mexico City that day and could not make it past 4900m; body shut down but I did not expect to summit not having had time to acclimatize. even if you make it half the way still a great scenic hike up a volcano.

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no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

THE HARDEST trail/hike I have EVER done and I’ve done 6,000ft elevation gain and 26 miles in a day to a 12,700ft peak in the USA. My husband and I acclimated amazing to the extremely high altitude. This is the highest altitude we’ve ever hiked at. Extremely STEEP incline for 75% of the hike. Some points were pretty rocky and sandy and tons of sliding. We did not use any trekking poles, but those would be highly recommended. Such an amazing hike and to see the Lago de Sol and de Luna. The wind was probably the only thing that made the hike less enjoyable- gusts up to around 40mph. Insane. So worth every bit of elevation gain.

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off trail
rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Climbing to the summit of Ixta is not super difficult if you are acclimated to the altitude. Camped at the Altomoni hut and summit in the morning at sunrise. Good prep for Orizaba if that’s on your climb list. Beautiful at the top with great views!

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rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Climbing to the summit of Ixta is not super difficult if you are acclimated to the altitude. Camped at the Altomoni hut and summit in the morning at sunrise. Good prep for Orizaba if that’s on your climb list. Beautiful at the top with great views!

3 months ago

Very hard, lots of different terrains. From big round boulders to sharp stacked rocks, sand walls and dust paths.
I definitely got altitude sick, but an amazing experience.
I went with a guide, and used more water then expected.

I did this trail trail as my first higher altitude hike. The views are breathtaking. You drive up to the edge of the krater and walk in to the crater and climb up to the top.
It’s way down is one long steep “path” straight down over loose gravel and rock which will take every last bit of energy from the upper legs.
Going down with the car I got a splitting headache from the big altitude change over too short of a time.

3 months ago

Amazing trail around the “Nevado de Toluca”. It’s an inactive volcano with a couple of lagoons on its crater

Great hike! Just make sure you get used to the altitude. I am a regular hiker and had a hard a time trying to breath because I am not used to the altitude of Toluca.

This is the third time I visit the Nevado de Toluca, now walking the entire crater on the top. This is a difficult but very rewarding journey. Once at the top you can contemplate an incredible landscape.

We did not hike on the dirt road that the people use and it was not a good idea, the views were fantastic but the trail was not well maintained and in some sections was difficult to walk. We did not reach the top of the mountain, the rain did not allowed us to continue, and we returned this time by the dirt road which is the best route. We had a good time, this is a wonderful place, and we plan to come again to reach the top.

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rocky
snow
8 months ago

We spend the night at La Joya near the trailhead to start the trip the next day at 2 am. That night there was an electric storm that did not let us rest but left the mountain all snowy. Due to the snow that almost reached our knees and the lack of sleep, we decided to arrive only to the Refuge. The snowy mountain, something that does not happen frequently, made us enjoy an incredible landscape. We also enjoy the beautiful views of the volcanoes El Popo, La Malinche and Pico de Orizaba. I will definitely go back soon to get to the top.

This is the second time I visit this beautiful place, the fantastic view of the mountains, the lagoon and also the Iztaccihuatl and El Popocatépetl volcanoes leaves you breathless. A lot of people visit this volcano on weekends. My purpose was to reach the El Fraile, but we took the wrong path, I hope the next time I can do it.

Before I begin, make sure you check out my video of this location here: https://youtu.be/uq33SCfHGiY
as it will really help your understanding of the trail.

This was my first high altitude hike. It's short and straight forward. Bring water and a camera. The hike will take you to some lakes at the top. The drive (from Mexico City) will take longer than the hike. It's colder there than in the city, so bring some warmer clothes and check the weather before you go.

The trail is pretty busy with locals, so you won't be alone which is nice. There is an official that was at the top keeping an eye on things, so you do have help once you get to the view of the lakes if you need anything.

Great hike, I would do it again!

Highly recommended. We also went up to the peak. A bit of a slog but well worth it. Going up the gully on the north side of the peak is not pleasant but does not involve the exposed scrambling that is required for accessing from the trail on the south side of the peak.

on Iztaccihuatl

11 months ago

Great training grounds for high altitude. Go with someone that knows the way. Easy to get lost if you come down too late.

11 months ago

Awesome place to hike, although trails are not marked!

hiking
11 months ago

Hard to hike all the way up if you are a starter but great exercise and practice for high altitude. I recommend to camp on-site because the city is not that near and also the hike to the top takes many hours. Great experience and definitely go there with a guide if you have never been there.
Bring good and enough equipment (warm clothes, hiking boots, and lots of water and some snacks). The best time of the day to start climbing is at 12 or 1am because it’s cold and there is no sunlight (which burns you really bad if you are not cautious because of the altitude, reflection and dry air).

hiking
Friday, April 06, 2018

Me and two friends did this trail in September 2016, it is an amazing place, very nice views full of plants and beautiful flowers, and the lagoons, fantastic! Although it was with fog we enjoyed a lot, we could contemplate the wonderful landscape. This is a very nice trail, next time we hope to go to the top of El Fraile.

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Go with a guide. Strenuous but worth every second. 10:45h out and back.

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