Nevado De Toluca | Informal Campsite

Mexico

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Last Visited: 6 months ago
GPS: 19.11909, -99.74827
Altitude: 4156.6 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: No
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Description

Free trailhead camping. Road is suitable for big rigs with high clearance. Awesome views. Cost 40mx for car. (Update Feb 2019: 50mx)

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Had to pay and camp down lower (see check-in for Nevado de Toluca - Gate) but drove up here early in the morning on Friday. Did the crater rim hike from the east in trail runners with no other gear, frosty rock but almost zero ice/snow. Cairns throughout, but still need to be careful with routefinding. Yellow dots are painted on rocks on East ridge but they blend in with the lichen. NE slopes/N Ridge of Pico de Fraile offer an escape route in case of weather or slow pace.

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We were here one night Access to the park was 50 pesos per person and they let’s us stay for free. Road was a little rough but 2wd can manage to do it. Crater is amazing and the lagunes inside the crater are nice. Views are spectacular

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It‘s not possible to drive up from friday afternoon until sunday night. On these days you have to take a collectivo 50mx$ one way pp.

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The parking lot at the end of the road! This is where you can start a hike to the lakes and around the crater rim. We drove up at 6 pm on a Friday, Saturday there was a lot of people who arrived by taxi service from the bottom parking lot. Not sure if they allow personal cars- but no one said anything to us.
The caretaker said it was fine and free to camp. There is also a police presence here- 24/7 ,To protect the area. Also a hut that hiking guides and clients use.
Very quiet, beautiful views, and free(?)

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Nice camping spot for mini van. The road is a little dirty and bumpy but not a big issue (2wd).
As we arrive on a weekend there was a lot of people and if you want to get to this spot you have to pay and follow a taxi (the guy ask 250 pesos + 50 ppp for park entrance fees) we give him 200 pesos as we ask for the price before and I tell us nothing.
After 6 pm everybody left, so you are alone with policia as there are some 10 police agents sleeping at the albergue.
The night was not to cold (good sleeping bag)
and a little windy.
We try to do the 8 km trail loop on the mountains but there were ice and you need crampons. Although the ask the rescue guy if it was ok without and he said no problem. Maybe he wanted to make a rescue :) But you can do the lakes loop without equipment.

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This is furthest you can go on this road. A gate is manned by a caretaker, and the State Police have a building here. From this parking lot you may hike up to the two crater lakes, or various peaks. Parking is allowed here overnight for free. But be aware the wind came rolling in about 10pm and did not stop all night, gusting to at least 50kmh. The temp got to just above 0 C. Simply put, it was a terrible night. But it is worth a day visit, the views are outstanding. At this altitude be prepared to be doing some heavy breathing if you're not acclimated to it.

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No access. We arrived about 4.30 p.m. and couldn't drive up the hill with our 4x4-truck-camper. The guys behind the gate closed the track. We should book there pickups ... No. We turned, got our money back and left.

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Drive up was easy. Lots of cars made it up the next morning. Paid 50ppp at the bottom and asked about camping at the top in our van and he said it’s okay. Very chilly night dropping below freezing. Wonderful hike in the morning. Bathrooms are really bad! Lots of people up even on a week day.

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Paid 50p at the bottom of the dirt road and took about an hour to drive up. We have a low clearance 2wd ambulance and had no problems with the road. We didn’t have any issues with the police camped up at the top either. We spent 2 nights and I’d recommend at least a night to climatize. The hike to the lakes took 30mins + 10 to get down to the water. Hiking to the summit is 3hrs round trip. Bathrooms are quite gross as there is no running water to flush. Bring your own toilet paper

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We paid 50 pesos entrance towards the bottom at around 6:30pm (attendant said it increased). It took us an hour, with 30 min in the dark, in 2wd camper van with stock tires.

There was much confusion at the gate at the top. Looks like the police are stationed there permanently. The police woman said no camping allowed, and we had to pay for a Refugio, even after explaining we were self contained. She said we had to register and pay at the other ‘cabin’...and when we did they said all cars that came up had to be gone at 3pm. When the police woman left, he told us the different prices for the refugios and we explained to the guy that we just wanted to sleep in our van and he said no problem, no cost....

Could get LTE with booster.

People started arriving at 6am on Saturday....

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We arrived with our 2wd campervan in the darkness at 7 pm. The police was present at the parking lot and we asked them where to park overnight. The said we can park everywhere. We paid nothing, Not for the Nationalpark entree and nothing for parking.
There are free toilets, but without running water and no paper.
It's an awesome spot, we did the hiking to the crater lake in the morning. We started at 7am and at about 8am a huge tourbus arrived and everything was full with people.

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Came in at 6pm and the guard at the bottom was still there. Was charged 40 pesos. I was alone on a friday night. Very quiet unlike most other places around!

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Fantastic place directly at the trailhead, the road is not too awesome but supereasy for all kinds of vehicles. If you go in towards the evening, after around 5:30 and stay overnight you don’t pay anything.

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Just as described! Rough Road but we did it with our mini van. Paid 40p at the entrance and that’s it. The view is amazing at night too, but be prepared for strong wind. Bathroom during the day for 5pesos but not clean at all (at least when we were there...). Highly recommanded spot!

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Bumpy dirt road.
10km till the entrance gate and 17km more to the refugio drivable with an RV. Parking at the refugio id free. Pit toilets free or 5pesos depending of the day.
Entrance fee : 40pesos/vehicule.
0°C in the van in the morning. Make sure you have good blankets and some paracetamol for altitude seakness.
The walk to the lagunas is easy and beautiful.

Piste qui rebondit pas mal mais faisable en camping-car. 10km jusqu'à l'entrée du parc et encore 17km jusqu'au refugio. Stationner sur le refugio est gratuit. WC gratuit ou à 5pesos selon le jour.
Entrée : 40pesos/véhicule.
0°C dans le camion le matin. Prévoir de bonne couverture et du paracétamol pour le mal de l'altitude.
Balade aux lagunes facile et superbe.
La montée sur le Toluca se fait dans des éboulis, donc prévoir de bonnes chaussures.

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Really cool Volcano to visit. It's cold so make sure you are prepared. We camped just passed the security gate in the field. They will show you where to camp. Better to go during the week as weekends are busy. We paid 40pesos each per bike and nothing for camping. I am sure it's because our Spanish wasn't as good he just showed waved us through.

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Really cool and a must camp if possible! It's cold so be prepared. We camped just passed the security gate in the field. They will show you where to camp. Preferably visit in the week it's busy over the weekend. We only paid 40pesos each for the bikes and nothing for camping. It might have been a communication problem between the gate keeper and us. He showed us not to pay for camping. So we accepted

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Very cold but very bealtiful. We slept here and can see the sunset. Wonderfull landscape. 1 hour walking to lake.

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Not free any longer. This site cost us $50 pesos for two people. It was the weekend so it was quite busy. Is really just a car park but has covered picnic tables. Getting up early to drive the 17 km dirt road to the trailhead was splendid if not absolutely freezing. Be prepared for high altitude and cold weather but amazingly stunning views. Get up early for clear skies. Recommend going during the week rather than the weekend as it was really busy when we were there. Toilets cost and are not great. No showers or wifi.

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Free trailhead camping. Road is not suitable for big rigs. Awesome views

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Great view. It's really just a parking lot but very quiet and clean. There's a few huts there that you can also stay in. Bathrooms available. Long dirt road leading up to the site but no 4X4 needed. Trail head is right there. There's a gate there with a guard. Free!

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