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Santa Cruz, Rivas Map
over grown
washed out
1 month ago

Climbed Maderas on my 2nd time returning to Nicaragua June 2017 after having lived and worked in Granada for 4 months in 2016. Leaving the report now because i was goin thru pictures of it. First time around climbed Conception, which is the much bigger Volcano on Omtepe, and from all the online reviews Maderas seemed to be a lot shorter and had considerably less elevation gain so figured I’d do that one. MADERAS IS MUDDIER AT TIMES and MORE DIFFICULT THAN CONCEPTION. I’ve lived in Colorado/ Montana for my whole life and have climbed 26 14ers (14000 foot peaks) across the state, this mountain will challenge you mentally and physically to your limits. The mud makes progress excruciatingly slow and the trail is really over grown as you get towards the top. Also last 1.5 miles there is a fair amount of scrambling involved specifically on the final stretch down to the crater lake. Easy to get lost so definitely pay for a guide. What makes this climb so difficult in comparison to peaks in the continental USA is the almost unbearable heat/humidity during the first part of the climb and the unpredictable weather. If the trail was dry it would not be so tough. DO NOT BE FOOLED THIS CLIMB IS A BIG UNDERTAKING. Dont even think about it unless you’re in great physical shape and have experience with long distance hiking/ climbing. Remember it’s not like the US here, there’s no search and rescue coming for ya if you fuck up. That said, this was def one of the most rewarding peaks I’ve climbed although the view at the top is nothing compared to Conception the crater lake itself is f**king incredible and you can swim in it. Total time left at 6am summited crater lake around 1045-11. Spent 40 minutes at the top, arrived back at around 4PM. brought 5 liters of water and drank it ALL by the time we were halfway down. Good hunting my friends.

3 months ago

went up to San Ramon waterfall. no need for guide. just follow the steps

5 months ago

Amazing experience even though my wife and I didn’t make it to the top. We were totally unprepared. We started late in the morning and didn’t have the proper hiking boots or gear.

Camel pack, hiking boots and hiking stick could be very helpful. I was caring a 30 pound back pack with Gatorade, water and cameras. Was wearing walking shoes.

We still had the time of our lives enjoyed the jungle, monkeys and those insects that made a very loud noise. I think they are called chicharas.

The trail is awesome! Steep in some areas, rocky, tree roots, tree trunks, and muddy but all manageable, you can either go under over or around obstacles.

We will be returning to conquer Maderas.!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Much more difficult than the alltrails review. Definitely worth the challenge but don't be fooled, it's hard as hell. Mostly mud and monkey climbing so just be prepared, the way you go up is the same way back down. People with knee trouble might struggle.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Great hike, but in my opinion it's more in the hard than moderate category. A guide is strongly recommended if only to see the animals. The view at the first view point is breathtaking. Unfortunately for us the rest was in the fog.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

There are two ways to get to top, the one less traveled is much harder and require ropes for last leg of climb. Enjoyed the challenge.