Rumiñahui Central Summit Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,348' 716 m
Descent: -77' -24 m
High: 14,964' 4,561 m
Low: 12,673' 3,863 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 81% (39°)
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“Climb to the central peak of Rumiñahui, an extinct volcano.”— David McCormick
Once you reach the ridge, follow it until you reach the sandy talus/scree field at the base of the mountain. This begins the most arduous part of the climb—you are moving up a loose, sandy field at near 35-40 degree slope. Keep moving up the mountain, keeping the steep cliff up to your left. Your goal is a central saddle, which can be reached after a Class III scramble for a short distance when the trail ends. From here, turn to your right and scramble up to the central summit (Class IV). Be careful on the summit, as there are sheer drops in excess of 500 feet.
Please note that the northern and southern peaks, which are taller and technical, require specialized equipment.
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