Awesome snow climb all the way, save for some fun scrambling up high on the north ridge of Sierra Blanca. Definitely a great peak with awesome views which rival Telescope Peak.
This was my first summit. Great hike with a little bit of scrambling at the top. I dragged my dad up there and we had a blast!
Awesome views! Be off by noon, it gets nasty quick.
Woke up at the Inn of the Mountain Gods (nice place) around 5:30 am. Started hiking at 6:35. I took Trail No. 15 to Trail No. 25 up to Lookout Mountain and then crossed over to Sierra Blanca. Made it to the summit at 9 am. Started down at 9:20 and reached the car by 10:35 am.
Got a very late start on this. Went up the Lincoln Lift Line slope at the Ski Apache complex to cut distance, knowing that it might deprive me of much needed energy later. It did. As I was on the first ridge to Sierra Blanca, weather rolled in real quick and completely blanketed the peak. Not wanting to get caught on the mountain with potential lightning strikes around the corner, I pulled the plug and figured to do it another day. Coming down, I ran into Lizrdboy. While talking to him, the weather cleared, so I decided to turn around and give it another shot. He must be in a lot better shape than me, because I couldn't keep his pace. He ended up going ahead of me, while I summited at 2:15 pm. On my descent of the Lincoln ski slope, the thunderstorms finally came, hitting within several miles to the east and south. All in all, the trip was worth it. Great views on the summit, although they were partially blocked by cloud cover. There were also spectacular views off the ridges. I owe a big "thanks" to Lizrdboy. Had I not bumped into him, I probably wouldn't have made the summit today. All I had on my mind was BBQ after I turned around. I still got my BBQ, just had to wait longer.
What started as a lazy day turned into my own brand of self flagellation and I decided, late, to make the 2 hour drive and climb Sierra Blanca. Not knowing what to do with myself after being given a "break" by my girlfriend, I was hoping to beat the afternoon weather. I hit the ski lift fire road at 11:45 and made it to the top of the lift an hour later - completely out of breath. Dark clouds were all around, but the pressure was stable and patched of blue were still in the mix. On the ridge to the peak, I ran into Ray Ray. We walked together for a while, then my paranoia took over and I left him behind. I made it to the summit 1:46 after leaving the car. The weather was still holding but clouds swirled all around the summit. It was actually breathtaking. And I had no breath at all. I was spent. I stumbled down the ridge, said a few words to Ray Ray as we passed and continued down. It wasn't much fun, but it was a very nice mountain with a great alpine finish. I recommend starting earlier, taking it slower, and being in better shape.
There was plenty of snow up high, and I ended up having to kick steps during the last part of my ascent. Wonderful views over White Sands.
Hiked up it from the ski area over Easter weekend. Lots of snow left. Big mountain
It had rained the day before and the summit was in the clouds until dusk. We started at 7:00 the next morning and it was 42 degrees as the sun rose. We saw turkeys and elk on the way up: also one hiker on his way down. We reached the ridge and took in the spectacular view before moving past the ski area to Lookout Mountain. It was quite windy at this point but as we pushed up the steep slope to Sierra Blanca it became calm. We hit the summit at 10:45, took in the view, snapped photos, signed the log book, and ate lunch. There was hardly a cloud in the sky and you could see Guadalupe Peak way to the south in Texas. We spotted herds of elk and even some wild horses, then headed down by way of a very steep ski slope to the lodge for more lunch! It's a great hike.
Started early, and took a nice easy stroll to the top in 4 1/2 hours. was clear on top where we talked to some hikers from El Paso, then descended the west ridge and dropped down a couloir on the steep face of the summit to avoid afternoon thunderstorms that sprung up. 2 1/2 hour trip back down the ski runs, hard on the knees, but much faster than the trails.
Duane and I started up Trail 15 and rather soon got wallowed down in soft postholing snow in the trees. So we just headed straight up the ridge and then worked our way over Lookout Mountain (Lincoln County highpoint) on our way to the summit. We decended under the lifts and wished we had ascended that route. Beautiful day, but a t-storm formed not far to the east in the afternoon. This was the first of our SW sweep of nine Ultra prominence peaks in nine days..
Hiked over from the top of the ski area. Spent about 5 minutes on top before the rain started. It rained on us all the way back down.
Faint trail leads up a grassy slope to the false summit, then to reach the summit itself, cross a narrow gap by either crawling/climbing along the top of the outcrop or on foot just below on the west slope. In May, there is still a decent amount of snow on the glaciated (?) portion of the peak and the Crest/Lookout Trails approach. We were fortunate to have great visibility. An excellent hike anytime of year, even if only to Lookout (previously hiked in the fall).
Hiked through the woods just north of the ski area, and on the west side a few feet below the ridgetop past all the top ski buildings. Snow conditions were great for this morning climb and the weather was gorgeous, and the angle of the summit pyramid made for a little bit of fun climbing.
I'd love to try a route up the headwall of the cirque on the NE side of the peak someday, which would undoubtably give the most interesting technical climbing on the peak.
Great hike and one of my all time favorites.