Santa Ana Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,619' 493 m
Descent: -15' -4 m
High: 7,442' 2,268 m
Low: 5,823' 1,775 m
GradeAvg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 50% (27°)
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“A singletrack trail that goes up Ilamatepec's volcano.”— Stefan Rivera
The path is well marked. First you cross a deep forest with some stairs made of woods. You'll find a metal structure lookout; after that, the path becomes harder with more elevation and a lot of small rocks. You'll find two more lookouts with great views to the Izalco volcano. Then you'll find some yellow painted rocks that will lead you to the volcano's crater.
Overall, it's a 3 km trail with about 400m of elevation gain. Depending on the time of the day, you may expect to find deep fog on the top of the volcano. Also, watch out for the rain and the wet rocks when returning down. It's a great trail for hiking or running, adding some elevation. Even though the trail is well made, it's easy to get lost, so I would recommend not taking shortcuts unless you know the area well.
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