Jan 072012

My US centric perspective left me surprised by the fact that, although Whitney may be the tallest mountain in the lower 48, Mexico owns a number of peaks that supersede 15,000 ft.  One of those peaks is Toluca Volcano in the state of Mexico,  which happened to be along our route to Mexico City.  The mountain has good signage from highway 134, which for Mexico is rare.  Heading south down highway 10 a dirt road will split off to the left leading to a toll.  It was 40 pesos for our camioneta (van), 20 for autos.  After the gate the road begins its long ascent up a winding road.  The road to the trail head is 17 km long from highway 10 and can be a bit rough at times.  That being said, we saw a number of vehicles with little clearance making their way up.  When we reached the parking lot, the air was crisp and cool, snow was scattered on the ground and a heavy fog was moving briskly by, a far cry from the sandy beaches of the Pacific. Continue reading »