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Nevado de Toluca

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Easy long fire road. Its a long moderate climb, The real kick of this trail is that the scenery is so beautiful, starting off at 3000 meters with pine forest, but as we go up, the vegetation changes dramatically, all the way to 4500meters, which is the crater of the volcano, has two beautiful lakes, and the landscape is like from mars, its just rocks and lakes. Its one of the most beautiful places on earth, kind of like Tibet. In the lakes theres plenty of fish to catch, just watch out for the thin air! its very high, remember this is Mexicos fourth peak.
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Trail Directions
Go from Mexico city to Toluca , then to Valle de Bravo, about 35 miles out of Toluca is de deviation to El Nevado de Toluca. Follow highway, then it becomes a dirt road, and theres a place where the cars can be left at the bottom of the volcano.
Trail Length
10-40
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Fire Roads
City/County
Toluca
   


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Review Date
October 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Psycoyuco , from Florida (Living in Mexico CIty)

Summary:
The slope on this trail is very moderate. As my colleague mentions, you start out in the Parque de los Venados at about 2,900m. The trail goes up at a very light inclination. Weve gone several times with amateurs and people who are not in that great of shape, who have managed the entire trip. Once you clear the tree line (about 5 miles into the trail) the views become spectacular. This is especially true during the winter months when thunderstorms cease to form. There are all sorts of volcanic and cinder formations. Vegetation becomes sparse above the tree line. It looks something out of Tolkiens Mordor. About half way up, there is a checkpoint where mountain climbers can check in and camp. The park management charges $15 pesos ($1.5 USD) to pass per person. I strongly encourage you to pay since this keeps the park clean and safe (especially in Mexico). After the checkpoint, the trail hugs the side of the mountain where you will see jagged rocks and deep cliffs. Be careful on the DH! Overall, this is a great ride and fairly easy. I have heard that on the DH there are many single track trails branching out of the fire road. I recommend it to anyone who wants to get good high-altitude training (the entire trail is all above 11,000ft!!!)

Recommended Route:
"Parque Venados" to the crater. About a 25-35km ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
THere is a trail from Raices to Valle de Bravo nearby. However, you will need a trail car or a bus to take you back to Toluca or Mexico city.



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