Elevation: 7,403 ft
GPS: 20.75, -99.945 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard Shore on Jan 3, 2019
Admins: Mauricio Herrera Cuadra

Description

The large and steep eastern face of the Pena. There are 4 recorded routes here according to the Mexican Rock Climbing Guidebook by Oriol Anglada. The 3 leftmost routes check in at 4-5 pitches and end on the shoulder of the formation where the hiking trail ends and the via ferrata starts. There is loads of trash at the base where the mexican tourists throw their crap off the top. One should take caution on these routes and definitely wear a helmet. On the plus side, if you forgot to bring a hat you will have your pick of a multitude of faded baseball caps and torn sombreros. The steep central buttress is home to the classic 8-pitch El Grillo Asesino, which climbs to the top of the peak.

Getting There

As you hike up the steep cobbled road towards the rock, just before the switchbacks and shops leading to the main south face/tourist trail, there is a paved ramp on the right (next to the Hotel Casa Celia) with a parking lot on top. You can park here if you drove a car. In the back of the lot is a dirt road & paved trail on the right (looking towards La Peña) which encircles the entire monolith (it is a busy quad touring trail which has many metal sculptures and signs). There is a manned check-in station here and you need approval to hike the path (may require payment). We went in the early hours of the morning before anyone was there so I cannot confirm this. Hike the path around the Pena until almost directly across from the highest, steepest part of the wall. A climbers trail leads up through the thorny brush and cactus towards the base. Allow 30 minutes.

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