We climbed this with a pregnant dog all the way to the top. Lots of fun 3rd class scrambling near the summit. beautiful day! we could see popo erupting in the distance as well as great views of Izta, Orizaba and Sierra Negra. a great way to end the year.
I spent a month climbing volcanoes. Malinche is a nice one. Other peaks I bagged on this trip include...
Cofre de Perote, Pico de Orizaba (country highpoint, 3rd highest in North America), Volcán Iztaccíhuatl, Pico de Aguila, Nevado de Toluca, Cerro de Ombugo, Pico de Humboldt, Nevado de Colima, Cerro Tancitaro
Volcán Pacaya, Volcán Tajumulco (country highpoint, 24th most prominent peak on earth), Volcán Concepción, Volcán Tacaná (2nd highest in Central America), Cerro Chemal "La Torre", Cerro Chemal "Cerro los Cuervos", Montañas Peña Blanca, Volcán Santa María, Volcán Atitlán, Volcán Acatenango
Volcán Poás, Volcán Barva, Volcán Irazú, Cerro Chirripó (country highpoint, 36th most prominent on earth), Cerro Piramide, Cerro Terbi, Cerro Buenavista
Trip report with photos
Today, Kessler, Steve, Caleb, and David climbed La Malinche. It was Steve's, Caleb's, and David's highest mountain to date.
We decided to do the entire trip in one day from Puebla in order to stay on the trip schedule and to avoid lugging around all our gear. We took a taxi to the trailhead and started up the mountain mid-morning.
Things went rather well and we made the summit in 4.5 hours. The weather was clear and the views from the summit were really great.
After enjoying the summit, we descended to the trailhead. Since we didn't know where the bus picked up, we walked the road down to the next intersection and waited there.
Eventually the bus picked us up at around 5 PM. We rode the mini-bus down to Apizaco and then found a bus back to Puebla. It was well after dark before we reached the hotel.
Third Mexican "Ultra" - would have been a great acclimatisation hike for Orizaba & Ixta, but it did them in reverse order. Cool summit crater, great views for hundreds of miles in every direction.
For the last decade I've climbed the mountain at least once a year, always taking the standard route. What I like particularly about it is that it has many sections which are different from one another, so it doesn't get boring. Plus the probability of success is high, which is very motivating.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I did this hike multiple times to acclimatize for Izta. Very enjoyable.
Perfect Acclimatization hike for Pico de Orizaba. Awesome views to the surrounding volcanoes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With Blair F
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