El Cerro De La Bufa is listed in the city of Guanajuato’s tourist guide, so you would assume that it would be easy to figure out how to get to the top. Well, it is easy enough when you figure out how to find the trail head, getting to that point however had been pretty frustrating. Other websites had mentioned the peak but had lacked GPS data, tourism booths only seem to serve those who want to pay for tours and mapping websites are thin on any GPS data for this area. After a failed attempt to find the trailhead we had to resort to picking out an old mine road/camino rurale and just heading out. For others who are interested my GPS track can be downloaded below and should be used with the usual caveats, at your own risk, things may have changed etc.
We have been staying near the Museo de Momias so we decided to head through the town center rather than walk around the Panoramica road which appears to have some sketchier areas and also its a nicer walk through town, plus you could even get the funicular up the hill instead of walking up through the tight route through the houses. As we approached on Panoramica from the West we walked through the local hospitals dirt parking lot and started following blue markers which turned into green arrows and then white chalk, it seemed to be correct and we eventually saw the car park that is used by other hikers as the start of Camino A la Cueva de San Ignacio. A statue of San Ignacio and some other religious artefacts have been enshrined in what appears to be an old mine entry.
The trail past the shrine had two options, head up some steep steps and an easy scramble over some slick rock or continue along a defined path around the back of the peak. We followed the latter option as we had little idea of what we were following. The trail soon slims down to single track with some MTB signs (maybe I will get a chance to ride out here before I leave), curving around to a steeper ascent of the ridgeline before following a few steps up to the peak that is marked with a christian cross. The temperature is cooler, the wind stronger and the views and better than in the city, albeit my personal opinion. The only downside is the lack of respect humans show the earth, discarding their garbage and tagging rocks with hideous graffiti, please if you follow the GPS be respectful and pack out anything you pack in, including mandarin peel.
There are a few other trails to explore around the ridgeline, it looks like offroad motorbike riders frequent the area and no doubt there are locals who will provide guiding services in this region if desired. On our way back down we looped around the west side of El Cerro De La Bufa and down the slickrock, down the steps and back past the shrine into town for lunch and coffee. A total hike of around 12km in 3 hours.