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seanoStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 30, 2015


Looking for something to do on the way from Veracruz back to the airport, we found a fun, short, and scenic hike with lots of company. About 1h45 up and 45m down, far slower than the record. The trailhead restaurant rules: 6 beers and three good chicken quesadillas for $8. Trip report.
Posted Jan 3, 2016 11:20 am

EleutherosSol and Ice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 16, 2015


Climbed on a sunny holiday. Views were clear to Orizaba, Popo and Ixta. Many were attempting the peak or enjoying the hike through the park on a holiday weekend. A great day. Also spend the 15th hiking through some less traveled forest trails in the park.. Ixta on Friday and Orizaba the next week, weather permitting.
Posted Mar 17, 2015 9:15 pm

dino61111First Mexican mountain I climbed  Sucess!


I rode the bus from the city to Tlaxcala, then took a cab to the IMSS site. Walked an hour into the sparse woods and pitched my tent. Next morning up the easy grade to the summit. A natural conditioning hike for the bigger volcanoes, which are clearly visible in the distances. Well worth the effort to get there. Being higher than any mountain in the lower 48 is reason enough to climb it!
Posted Jan 25, 2015 6:33 pm

rocky29octgood hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 22, 2013


good hike
Posted Jun 5, 2014 11:07 pm

Ted BauerEaster Sunday Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 20, 2014

Ted Bauer

A warm and steep climb on Easter Sunday. Many families and friends were out enjoying the mountain. I particularily enjoyed the last scramble to the summit.
Posted Apr 30, 2014 5:50 pm

docrstSummit February 2014  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2014


We spent the night at the Centro Vacacional and left at 6:45AM the next morning starting at the gate which is only 50 meters from the resort gate. As stated elsewhere, you ascend the well defined path passing the road several times as the trail becomes a bit steeper. Eventually you will follow the road for 100 meters to the ovious start of the trail proper. The ascent then get s teep for awhile until you hit treeline and see the summit. Here we found the best route was to head to the right aiming for a prominence on the ridgeline and then following the ridgeline to the summit. Lots of use trails in the high grasses, all of which are okay and avoid the tedious talus and scree on the face of the summit. It took us 4 hours to summit and 2.25 hours on the descent. Great views of Pico and Popo/Ixta.
Posted Feb 16, 2014 11:19 pm

bcrowell2perfect acclimatization hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2014
I did this hike multiple times to acclimatize for Izta. Very enjoyable.
Posted Jan 12, 2014 10:47 am

Joerg MarretschStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 28, 2013

Joerg Marretsch

Perfect Acclimatization hike for Pico de Orizaba. Awesome views to the surrounding volcanoes.
Posted Dec 11, 2013 1:58 pm

B-GroomsAcclimation hike
Date Climbed: Feb 10, 2013


I did not summit La Malinche just because there was no objective to summit. I hiked up to 13,500 ft and slept overnight at the huts back at 10,000. La Malinche served only as part of the acclimation process for Ixtaccihuatl and El Pico de Orizaba of which were summited during the rest of my week there. Great climbs and La Malinche helped in the precess.
Posted Mar 24, 2013 12:01 am

adwhOCT 2012 SUMMIT NOTES  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 2012
Great hike. Challenging but not overwhelming or particularly dangerous. Left DF at 5:30am on a Monday, got there at 8:15. The road up to the trail head is closed all the time now, so you have to leave your car at the little resort, which is safe. It took about 1:45 to get to the trail head on an easy trail. Pretty steep from there. Took us 4:40 to summit, with no breaks; 8:00 hours round trip with a 20 minute break. Near the top we were in clouds and it was windy and about 40 degree, but there was no snow. Trail was straightforward except above the tree/grass line, where the hard rocky terrain make it hard to figure out. Visibility was only about 100 meters. In general a very beautiful forested trail + beautiful rocky summit. Recommend going in Nov. when visibility should be better. My climbing partner was a total amateur, age 37, in moderate shape, and she had no trouble summiting, though she does live in Mexico City, so was somewhat acclimatized.
Park rangers indicated someone got lost up there and died in Sept. 2012.
Posted Oct 9, 2012 7:02 pm

DariaAcclimation   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 25, 2011


Nice summit! Swirling clouds abound, sort of lord of the rings vibe up there. Nice views of orizaba from there. Tons of locals climbing too on christmas day. Wonderful dinner that night at the restaurant located within the campgrounds/cabins.
Posted Sep 22, 2012 2:41 pm

cabStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 26, 2012


Used this mountain as a warmup for Izta and Orizaba which we climbed later in the week. There were probably 300 people or so on the trail on this day which didn't exactly make for a wilderness experience, but a nice acclimitization hike anyway.

We left the road a little after coming out of the trees and went straight up the slope rather than following the road/trail to the left. This route is highly recommemded for the ascent, but follow the road/trail for the descent which is sandy and quick.
Posted Mar 5, 2012 2:24 pm

Bill562Malinche  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2012


With Blair F
Posted Jan 15, 2012 10:05 pm

grahamGreat warm up hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 7, 2010


We took about 3 hours to hike up and about 2 to get down. We watched the Skyline Racers run up & down this thing. The 1st runner did the round trip in 2 hours even....very impressive
Posted Nov 17, 2010 4:57 pm

ncstFrom San Juan Ixtenco (east face)  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 22, 2010


Climbed from San Juan Ixtenco. Five hours from the trailhead (ranger station). Nicer view of the crater from this side. Ice on top, didn't need crampons going up as this is the east face. But needed them to go down the west face to the centro vacacional. To much trash after the Christmas holiday. Many people eager to 'touch snow'. Two people carried down on a stretcher that down after the slipped on the ice.
Posted Jan 26, 2010 11:20 am

jmitch421Don't call off the dogs  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2009


Climbed up with the company of 5 local dogs (they came all the way to the summit). Gave em a small piece of my cliff bar n they never left. Nice hike through the pine forest, and nice views. I stayed in the cabins at the park. Although checkout is kinda early at 1 so I just took my stuff and left the key in the door. Met Senad and his friend and Livingston on the summit.
Posted Dec 14, 2009 3:14 pm

SenadRGreat hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 7, 2009


Great hike prior to Orizba. Great mountain.
Posted Dec 13, 2009 2:27 am

sergejfLa Malinche  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 28, 2005


Fun climb with friends - I'm going to post a more detailed report elsewhere on this site.
Posted Nov 22, 2009 4:54 pm

ScottyPGreat Tacos  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 18, 2008


Great tacos at the base. And the cabins are quite cozy as well!
Posted Oct 22, 2009 10:22 pm

logikalAcclimation Climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 4, 2009


Used this as an acclimation climb for Pico de Orizaba. Beautiful views of orizaba, izta, and the active volcano popo.
Posted Sep 21, 2009 4:14 pm

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