Cerro El Plomo Trail
ElevationAscent: 8,974' 2,735 m
Descent: -976' -298 m
High: 17,815' 5,430 m
Low: 9,817' 2,992 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 78% (38°)
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“A long, powerful trail to the classic Andean summit of El Plomo.”— Russell Hobart
You'll leave your car at Tres Puntos. Bring crampons and axes for the short amount of glacier travel. Trail tops out at 18,000 feet, dress for cold.
From the parking at Tres Puntos, head up towards Cerro La Parva gaining almost 3000' in the first two and a half miles. Once you gain the ridge, the trail flattens out but provides some huge vistas. Along the way, you have the opportunity to visit the summits of La Parva and Pintor.
At a little over 6 miles, you'll come upon a knife edge ridge. After the ridge opens up again to a wider space, veer right at the intersection where you'll drop down to the Federacion Camping area. This is a typical stopping point before the summit push.
From here, the trail heads up precipitously gaining 4,500' in the next 2.5 miles. The trail will be obvious and may require crampons and ice axes for the glacier crossing. Before the last push to the summit, you'll pass Pirca Inca, which is an ancient Incan wall.
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Land Manager: Yerba Loca Nature Sanctuary