Location: North 23.80056, West 099.84670 (GPS at the summit)
Difficulty: YDS class 1
Climbed November 13. 2018.
How to get there:
The local town from where to start is named Doctor Arroyo.
One can drive there by going east from the town of Matehuala located on
the major north-south Hwy. 57. Go east on Hwy. 29 turning into Hwy. 61.
Doctor Arroyo is a pretty large town with hotels and restaurants etc.
Continue (north-east) on Hwy. 61 about 8 kilometer, then go right (east) on
Hwy. 120. When Hwy. 120 turns more south (after approximately 10 kilometer),
continue east on smaller roads. There is a small community, then the road continues
(rougher dirt road<) uphill and into a canyon/valley. Continue (north-east)
on this road until location N23.83104, W099.86753, elevation about 2720 meter.
A forest road forks right at this point. Park here, this is the trailhead.
Follow the forest road uphill, you will cross a gate, then
two fences (may be opened). Higher up, you enter
a flat area and pass a few buildings. Next, the road
heads uphill and makes a sharp turn right. About 100 meter
after this turn, is a good place to leave the road (left) and
head directly uphill to the summit. The slope is gentle and
one may walk almost anywhere between the trees. The highest
point is near a building and an old stump from what must
have been a pretty large tree.
I did this climb with Adam Walker. The plan for the
day was to climb Fraile, also with Rob Woodall. To
our great surprise, the forecast called for about -10 Centigrade
and it had snowed during the night. The mountain was quite
white as we approached. We were at the trailhead around 0700.
After a short evaluation of the conditions, a very important decision was
taken Adam and I would turn this miserable day into mostly driving, hopefully
being able to make a late afternoon or early evening ascent of Onofre. Rob had
climbed this peak years ago, thus he would head west to try Centinela, a peak that
Adam and I would need to schedule while driving west towards Baja California later
in the trip.
The drive went well and we drove the long dirt road approach well before the
end of the day. Thus, we were ready to hike at 1415. The route follows a forest road
until quite near the summit. Here, we left the road and headed more or less straight
uphill among the trees on a gentle slope and without brush, so good walking.
We arrived on top at 1630, a well rounded top with some structures. After a few pictures and
a short rest, we headed down at 1645. The summit was a bit cold and did not invite to a long break.
There was also a slight chance of getting back down before it got really dark. We carried
head torches assuming that they would be needed. Getting back down at
1820, we made it without using our lights, however it was quite dark among the trees for
the last 5 minutes.