Cerro de la Silla

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Cerro de la Silla
Cerro de la Silla.jpg
Cerro de la Silla in 2004
Elevation 1,820 m (5,970 ft)
Translation Saddle Hill (Spanish)
Pronunciation Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsero ˌðelaˈsiʝa]
Location Guadalupe and Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Coordinates 25°37′23″N 100°14′34″W / 25.62306°N 100.24278°W / 25.62306; -100.24278Coordinates: 25°37′23″N 100°14′34″W / 25.62306°N 100.24278°W / 25.62306; -100.24278
Easiest route Hike

The Cerro de la Silla is a mountain and natural monument located within the metropolitan area of the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León, in northeastern Mexico. Named for its distinctive saddle-shaped profile when viewed from the west, it is a well-known symbol of the city of Monterrey, despite being located in the adjacent municipality of Guadalupe.

It covers an area of 60.5 square kilometres (23 mi²). The mountain has four peaks: Pico Antena, Pico Norte, Pico Sur and Pico la Virgen; Pico Norte (North Peak) is the highest at 1820 m (5970 ft) while Pico la Virgen (Virgin's Peak) is the lowest at 1750 m (5740 ft).

Set aside as a natural monument by the Mexican government in 1991, the mountain, or hill, as mountains are often referred to in Mexico, is a popular recreational area and is often climbed by hikers who take a 5.3 km (3.3 mi) trail to reach the top. The ascent is considered to be fairly difficult, taking approximately 3 hours to complete. A panoramic view of the city of Monterrey can be seen from the top.

In the second half of the 20th century, an aerial tramway was built to give a fastest access to the iconic mountain for the population. The day of its inauguration was also the day of its closure, as a tragic accident took the lives of five people, including the engineer Jesús Fernández, its designer. Several plans have been announced to rebuild another tramway with no results.[citation needed]

Some other known mountains or elevations of the zone are: Cerro de las Mitras, the Sierra Madre Oriental with the Cerro de Chipinque —the M-shaped figure visible from various parts of the city—, the Cerro del Topo Chico, Cerro del Obispado, Cerro de la Loma Larga and La Huasteca.


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