Los Picachos is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length5.6 miElevation gain1,541 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsViewswild-flowersWildlifeRockyScrambleOff trailHistoric siteNo dogs
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Getting There

On this loop trail you will touch several interesting places: The dam (Presa de la Olla), the lighthouse (El Faro), the hill of the Comadres (Cerro de las Comadres), La Bufa mountain (Cerro de la Bufa) and El Paseo de la Presa Ave. You start at the pier of the dam (21.00180, -101.23906), and just crossing the street you will find the entrance to the trail. The first mile is the steepest section of the trail, on this part you are going to get to El Faro, lighthouse that still works, where you can stop and contemplate the city. Then you continue walking up for a little more time until you reach el Cerro de las Comadres, the highest point of the trail, from this place of beautiful big rocks, you will have a wonderful 360 degrees view. Once you enjoy the nice landscape and rest a little, you start walking down towards El Cerro de la Bufa. During the rainy season, you will see some little arroyos, beautiful plants and flowers. El Cerro de la Bufa is a beautiful mountain of big rocks where you also can rappel and climb, in front is a cave where they used to have religious festivities, now these festivities are done in another cave at the bottom of the mountain. The trail, last steeper section, continues in the canyon between the big cave and the mountain, be careful because you are going to walk on rocks. Then you will arrive at a well maintained trail, turn to your right and continue until the intersection with a paved road named Panoramica, this point is about 3.8 miles from where you started. You can walk on a trail that goes along the side of the Panoramica road for about half a mile, then walk down and reach El Paseo de la Presa Ave and turn to your right until you arrive to the place where you started. At the intersection with the Panoramica road you decide if you take a taxi or walk by El Paseo de la Presa Ave where you will see several beautiful buildings, old Spaniard houses, and also pass by a nice park. Although two sections are a bit difficult, you will enjoy a lot this trail, but you are going to need a good pair of hiking boots and preferably a hiking stick.

From the city of Guanajuato it is very easy to get to the dam named La Olla (Presa de la Olla). The trailhead is located just in front of the pier (El Embarcadero) of the dam.

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Julien Blaise
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Great hike, steep start, amazing views of Guanajuato!

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David Henderson
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Hiking

I have hiked this trail twice and walked back to the city of Guanajuato. Be careful on some of the trails appear to be animal trails. I climbed up one and a loose rocks. Safer to stay on the trail but sometimes hard to find the trail in some sections. A lot of rock climbers in one section. I will plan to hike this area more.

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Neri Castillo
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HikingGreat!

Se tiene que seguir el mapa de otra manera es confuso seguir el sendero correcto. Se recomienda subir a la Cruz.

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Jacobo Mendoza Zendejas
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HikingNo shadeRocky

La primera parte es lo más pesado, a una subida en pendiente. Pero una vez arriba el camino es bastante horizontal. Gran parte es camino de terracería para coches. Tienes buenas vistas.

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hershey villegas
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Hiking

Last 2 miles is just a road to loop back. Parts of the trail aren't marked. suggest to explore the areas not marked on the map.

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Scott Lawson
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Great trail right out of town. Only negative was having to walk on barely any shoulder road for a bit. Would rate moderate but for the initial climb to lighthouse. Plenty of good foot and hand grabs though.

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Nutter Luv
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Excellent area, gorgeous views. No one around for miles. We started on the lighthouse side, which is steep. Once you head away from the lighthouse (following the AllTrails red line map for this trail), there really is no trail to see or find. Who cares though, you have AllTrails to guide you so just follow yourself. Toward the end (where you can see the person who’s map is recorded got “lost” a couple times), it really is just bouldering straight down. There is no trail. We followed some random spray painted arrows and those went off the trail presented here and away from town, so we just followed this map. If you want a challenge do it. I would do this hike again, but I love bushwhacking.

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Stèphie Lamothe
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HikingOff trailRocky

Beautiful view! Very worth it

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Mario Valadez
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Hiking

Great view of Guanajuato city.

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Isa Zabe
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Hiking

vraiment très jolies vues depuis les hauteurs, idéal pour sortir rapidement du tumulte de la ville! Marcher au milieu des vaches, des chèvres et des chevaux dans un décor de rêve, c'est apaisant

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Fernando Medina Medina
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CampingNo shadeRocky

Necesitas buena condición física, llevar calzado adecuado , ya que existen , partes con terracota suelta, ademas de llevar protección solar, la época ideal es el Verano , ya que se aprecian paisajes increíbles , para bajar necesitas tener precaución , han sucedido accidentes en años anteriores. una persona falleció en la zona , al descender.

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Erika Ganey
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It’s great but no specific trail to guide you.

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Venisha Jeff
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Hiking

The first section is very steep and there’s another very steep part, just before you descend. Otherwise it was a great hike with great views!! Also, there are markings along most of the trail to give a sense of direction. Be careful not to follow the marked rocks which lead toward the big beautiful rock formations to your left, as this moves you away from the steep trail down.

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Callie Houghland
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Hiking

It was a LONG 5 miles, but beautiful views of the city and surrounding countryside.

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Jorge Carrillo
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Contemplate the city of Guanajuato in Mexico from the mountains that surround it, was a great experience for me. This time I wanted to hike and a guide accompanied me to visit the beautiful area named Los Picachos. Once I arrived to el Cerro de las Comadres, an area with beautiful rocks, I enjoyed a lot the views of the fascinating landscape in all directions. But being in front of the rocks and the cave at el Cerro de la Bufa, and also contemplate the city from there, take your breath away. Walking by the Paseo de la Presa Ave, on the park and near the dam, were also a very pleasant moments. Definitely this was a great trail.

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Lani Elizabeth
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martin Banachiewicz
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Stephen Strand
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Jeff Pulford
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Paul Kortman
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Ben Debono
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Rob Cornelius
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