White Noise - Three Steps to Riding Nevado de Toluca

Mar 14, 2015
by Nicolas Switalski  
Vacuum noise coming from the inside out, followed by a blinding light that sends shivers down your spine. Every step taken is like walking on deep snow, this makes us wonder how deep the rabbit hole really goes. Altitude sickness hits hard when you don't expect it. In the Mexico City range of surrounding mountains or volcanoes. What other countries might consider high mountain, gets a new meaning here.

Riding Nevado de Toluca
Nevado de Toluca, 4300 meters above sea level

Step One

Breathe as deep as you can.

We set ourselves the task of doing this great trail ride that goes from the top of the Nevado de Toluca to Ixtapan de la Sal that so many people had been talking about. This ride consists of about 34 km of riding through awesome singletrack that descends pretty quickly. Most of the trail is comprised of sweet singletrack downhills with a few pedalling sections that give it the 'Enduro' type ride - well, ok, 'All Mountain.'

The Nevado de Toluca is located an hour and a half drive from Mexico City, it is a inactive volcano. Its crater which is a lagoon now, was once used by pre-hispanic civilians to drop offerings into its waters, nowadays if you can go as far as dipping your fingers into its freezing waters - well, that would be the most religious experience you could ever get out of it, if you know what I mean.

Riding Nevado de Toluca
Standing beside this giant makes us know how small we are, you kinda lose your dimensions

Step Two

Keep moving: you're almost there, step by step, pedal stroke by pedal stroke will soon get you to the top of the volcano.

There are several ways to start this trail, one would be to pedal your butt up the volcano, which believe me, at this altitude every bit of energy you can save will make the ride more enjoyable - please, XC guys, omit your comments or opinions here, jaja! The other more civilized way is to drive up to the refuge which is the last place cars are permitted and start a one or two km hike-a-bike to the top of the volcano, but don't be fooled, this hike-a-bike is hard, some people will suffer with these heights, the only thing that keeps you going is that you can see the top and know that once you get there it's all fun and games from there!

Riding Nevado de Toluca

Riding Nevado de Toluca

Riding Nevado de Toluca

Riding Nevado de Toluca
Sandy, dusty anti grip descents is what you encounter on this trail

Riding Nevado de Toluca
We can finally see the tree-line, at last, more oxygen

Step Three

Enjoy the ride: well, what else were you expecting here? There's no advice or help I can give you if this doesn't come naturally, if you are a mountain biker and are having difficulties achieving this state, please refer to your nearest psychologist.

Riding Nevado de Toluca

Riding Nevado de Toluca
Jorge has fun on this natural berm, we destroyed it after a few runs. Finally naming it "the black elbow revenge"

Riding Nevado de Toluca

Riding Nevado de Toluca
Trademark duckface, take note, this turn will wash you out if you do not pout!

Riding Nevado de Toluca

Riding Nevado de Toluca
This trail is rough on some people... well... animals... well... old cattle about to perish

It doesn't matter if it's your backyard trail or across the world riding, every trail has its special place in someone's bucket list, and I wouldn't dare to say one trail is better than another. While several details make a ride better or more enjoyable, the right company and the perfect state of mind can make a awesome ride something to remember. If you'd like to know more about this trail or any other trip in Mexico, contact these guys from Bici y Montana in Mexico, they sure do know how to have fun and make fun! Thanks for making my day. Cheers!


19 Comments

  • + 3
 Excelente ruta, allá por el 2007 la hacia con Don Benja Aceves, pero la ruta de Haitman es mejor. Les faltó decir que Ixtapan está a 1,800 mts así que desde el labio del cráter (4,300) son 2,500 mts de bajada. Ahorita esta nevando cabrón, con nieve es aún más chingon!
  • + 6
 Went hiking there a few years back - if you guys really hiked your bikes to the central peak, I'm impressed!! Felicidades!
  • + 6
 Great, but would love to see a bit of colour in your pics (2 or 3 shots) to get a sense of the surroundings
  • + 3
 excelente el reportaje nico.

Nevado de toluca tours = HAITMAN & PBJ CREW
haitman@hotmail.com
  • + 2
 México has so many options to go ridding. You don't need to go around the world to see lunar like trails that end in ultra grippy berms... Thanks for sharing!
  • + 2
 Muy buen reportaje,y las sorpresas q tiene Ixtapan de la sal para toda la banda biker
  • + 2
 Looks like a good place for an Enduro race. Put your shit together and organize one. I would definitely go.
  • + 1
 The team.behind the organization and logiatics of Enduro National series really have a world class act. Can't say the same about the Downhill series which is utterly pitiful
  • + 1
 Chido. Me podras pasar su info. La neta si me gustaria participar y llevar a la banda. Aca en el Norte apenas como que quiere empezar.
  • + 2
 Hola Narro2 aqui en el centro del país esta el Serial Nacional de Enduro, toda la info la puedes encontrar aqui: www.facebook.com/MtbEnduro
Si lo que quieres es rodar estas rutas, como lo puse al final del artículo los de Bici y Montaña organizan tour a través del país, y en especial esta ruta, aquí dejo nuevamente el link donde los puedes contactar: www.facebook.com/JorgeBYM

Saludos!
  • + 4
 I want to go to there
  • + 1
 Hey TheSyig04 come whenever you want, it's a awesome place to ride! Contact Bici y Montaña: www.facebook.com/JorgeBYM for any info, they'll take good care of you!
Cheers!
  • + 2
 I do live in Texas, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch. I'll have to check it out!
  • + 3
 Wehey! Great work, fellas! Catch you in Veracruz soon.
  • + 2
 Vamos! jaja! Gracias!
  • + 3
 I want my color back you thief! great picture BTW Smile
  • + 1
 Thanks Fiberico!

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