A visit to the summit of Mount Trinidad
An impresive view of Mount Trinidad, as seen from the town of Lidice de Capira.
Once the ascent has begun, the summit has this appereance.
This view was taken from inside the limits of Campana Heights National Park, a protected area where the mountain is located.
This is a breathtaking view of the surrouding area, looking in the direction of the city of La Chorrera.
Huge rocks, broken free from the mountain millions or thousands of years ago, dot the nearby area.
El Cruce is the closest settlement to the top of Mount Trinidad.
This is the far side of the summit. Seen only by locals or visitors who venture near El Cruce.
Mount Trinidad is a very visible mountain sitting in the Capira district, at about 45 minutes from Panama City. From the main highway, its summit has a very distinctive shape, resembling a hand. It so well know and recognizable that it figures in the coat of arms of several nearby towns.
The mountain is positioned at the end of the Central Range of Panama, which is the backbone of the country. At 969 meters above sea level, it is the last significant high point before the gap that allowed the building of the Panama Canal.
It marks the northern boundary of Campana Heights National Park, a protected area vital for the conservation of flora and fauna of central Panama.
In order to reach Mount Trinidad, you have to turn right at the town of Capira and take the road past the small town of Lidice. After Lidice, the climbing starts and eventually, while up in the mountain, you will go around the main peaks. Around the summit, there are several villages such as Aguacate, Cacao and Trinidad.
Mount Trinidad holds a special place in the legends of the Capira region, being a place associated with witches and fantastic creatures such as the turrututu bird. Historically, it is also an important place because some of the nearby hamlets such as El Cacao and Trinidad were used as reserve and staging areas for the revolutionary troops of General Victoriano Lorenzo, a Panamanian hero of the War of One Thousand Days, from 1899 to 1902, right before Panama's independence from Colombia. For all these reasons, we highly recomend a visit to Cerro Trinidad.