Reached the summit in about 4 hours from centro vacaccional IMSS. Very nice weather.
This is a wonderful mountain especially after the holiday season has wound down a bit. Don't forget to treat yourself to some tacos at Julio Cesar's place by the resort when you return.
Had a great time hiking up with Day Hiker and cp0915. This was our first acclimation hike before Orizaba a few days later. Weather was outstanding (even a bit on the warm side). No snow present. There are many use trails. On descent we descended further down the ridge than from where we came up.
This was the first of a couple of summits to train for Pico de Orizaba. This hike did have significance for me, since it was my highest elevation to date and my first summit outside of the U.S. My GPS, after averaging a position for over 20 minutes, twice gave me a summit elevation of 14575 feet, which differs significantly from the published 14640.
Got started late, and ended up coming down in the dark. Great climb, although theirs tons of Graffiti on the rocks.
With Dan Bailey and his wife. Still a bit tired after climbing Pico de Orizaba two days earlier. Using the blue route shown in this picture for the way up is definitely a good idea. And yes, the dogs are still there ;)
Nice climb, I was a little tired from climbing Orizaba the day before, but it was still nice to climb Melinche. I did not care much for the scree field , I should have taken the ridge a little earlier...Still, a nice summit and great views...
My wife and I on our honeymoon used this awesome hike as an acclimatization hike for Orizaba. It is definitely worth climbing in its' own right since it has amazing views and awesome volcanic geology. 5 dogs followed us to the top. Crazy!
Our team used it as an acclimatization peak before going to el Pico de Orizaba. The day was an Mexican Holiday and it was very crowded.
It was my nicest way alone in Mexico. Very easy hiking, the summit is just three hours from the camp Malintzi.
Went with three friends at the end of a semester in Puebla (elevation: 7000 ft.), so the altitude was no problem at all. Camped at the tree line. (Note: the crater is only 3/4's there, so there is no crater lake, and therefore no fresh water streams on the mountain. BRING ALL WATER!) The climb to the top was great, minus the graffiti on the rocks, but you could clearly see Pico de Orizaba to the east, and Popo and Izta to the west (with tons of smoke coming out of Popo!). Nothing technical about the climb, but it is a workout.
It happened the weekend we went was part of a Mexican National Holiday so the place was packed. The locals partied until about 4 in the morning. I must have gotten 5 hours of sleep. Best guess there were about 20 Americans on La Malinche that morning; all heading for El Pico De Orizaba.
Went to the top of the mountain many times by different routes, most often from San Miguel Canoa (Altitude 2660 mts, about 8730 ft).
Very easy, a must for any unexperienced hiker/mountaneer who is curious about the effects of Altitude. Beautiful view of purple air and nothing else, the pollution around there is toxic
Easy climb (7 hour round trip with breaks and lunch)after five days at altitude. Good acclimation for Ixta/Orizaba. Strong winds (35-40mph steady) on saddle after scree slope. Boulder field full of anklebreakers. Gloves off near summit to maneuver on rock. Several dogs followed us to summit from camp. We were shabby climbers in comparison. Disappointed by spraypaint on rocks at summit, but beautiful views of ixta and popo when the clouds would break.
Recent snow and bad weather made for an interesting climb. Snow in the pine forest all the way up to the plateau and bottom of the scree slope. Snow, ice covered rocks and winds made for a cold and a very cautious climb. Unfortunately, no views due to dark, damp clouds but day cleared up.
- Collectivo buses leave from Apizaco beginning at 8:30 am. Afternoon departures from IMSS are at 1 pm and not again until 5 pm.
- IMSS will watch your bags, let you use the bathroom, etc. for 120 pesos ($1.20) even if you don't stay at the camp site.
- To start the route, begin on the paved road and then you can take the dirt packed trails (which intersect with the paved road) until the main trails heads off to the left. Route marker was primarily red but I saw a lot of blue and some green markings as well.
- Upon reaching the plateau after the pine forest, there is a scree slope to the left. To the right is an alternate route which consists of dirt and rock which would probably save time and energy slip -sliding away on the scree slope. (I found this route on the way down, wish I would have know on the way up).
See trip report for more details.
used to warm up for its big sisters to the south. very high winds on the summit ridge. no snow. great view of orizaba
21 Mar 2005 - Standard
First hike of my 13 day vacation to Central Mexico. Flew into Mexico City, stayed the night in Tlaxcala, took a bus to Apizaco the next day, and a cab up to the resort (cost me $180 pesos). Reached the summit after 3.5 hrs with about five or six dogs. Left my fleece hat and gloves on the mountain which made things unpleasant on the later volcanoes!
26 Mar 2002 - Standard
Nice day - lots of folks on the mountain - first "14er" and first time I reached a summit!
This was my eleventh attempt on Malinche and the first time i did not summit. We were going for a night hike, planning to summit at about midnight. We were moving very slowly due to some people in our group not used to the mountains. One of my friends drank two and a half liters of gatorade all in one rest stop and immediately got sick and vomitted a lot, but he still pushed on. We made it to the treeline (about 13,000 feet), and it started snowing. It was beautiful. In ten minutes the ground was white. I really wanted to go on then, but now we had two sick people in our group, so we turned around. It was still a very enjoyable trip. =-)
Camped at the IMSS resort. (Nice place, way too many stray dogs barking all night!) Good hike. The trail was easy to follow. Climb got a little loose at around 13,000 with several hundred feet of scree. Perfect views from the summit of Orizaba to the east and Izta/Popo to the west.