Pico de Orizaba
Photo by Carlos R Gaitan
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Dec|
|Year first climbed:||1848|
|First successful climber(s):||F. Maynard, G. Reynolds|
|Nearest major airport:||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Convenient Center:||Tlachichuca, Mexico|
Pico de Orizaba, a dormant volcano, is the highest peak in Mexico, and the third highest in North America, behind Mount McKinley (20,322 ft.) and Mount Logan (19,550 ft.). Its steep snow-covered cone fills the sky from the town of Orizaba, which lies at the mountain's southeast base. The views from high on the mountain are excellent, with the Gulf of Mexico visible to the east and Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, Mexico's second and third highest mountains respectively, visible to the west. Best way to get there is via Cordoba-Coscomatepec easiest climbing. There is a cabin to spend the night with no facilities at all. beautiful climbing at night. 6 or 7 hours climbing.