Ascent of Sierra Blanca Peak on 2014-06-17

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sierra Blanca Peak
    Location:USA-New Mexico
    Elevation:11973 ft / 3649 m

Ascent Trip Report

After yesterday's Humphreys Peak ascent, in the morning we finish the drive East, arriving at the ski centre (N33.39781 W105.78887, 2980m) soon after 10 and are hiking by 10.40. Later than is ideal but the temp is quite pleasant. We take the gravel road immediately R of the buildings for a few hundred metres then when it begins to zigzag, at xxxx we head straight up a steep grassy piste. At the ski lift top station we cross a dirt road and ascend a short way to the waymarked Lookout Trail which we follow to Lookout Mountain (N33.39061 W105.81150, 3531m, rock outcrop by viewpoint). Nice view of our peak, and far below to the R, plains and salt pans.

As we descend past another ski lift top station, a maintenance vehicle leaves. This is good as Sierra Blanca Peak is (reportedly but not posted) off limits and we'd prefer not to have spectators.

We cross a wooden fence then a grassy saddle, then ascend through scattered trees. Intermittent path leads up a rocky ridge, quite narrow in places but just a steep slightly exposed hike, barely YDS 2+

The summit has a triangulation plaque along with several witness marks on adjacent rocks pointing at the trig. Highest point is a large boulder (N33.37432 W105.80878, 3651m), quite easy to stand on top of.

Alan's on a bit of a mission on the way up and we're there in 1h40. We spend 15mins on top in warm sunshine. I'm on a bit of a mission on the descent and we're down in 45mins (bypassing R of Lookout Mountain and following obvious dirt road and ski lift down). We see no other hikers all day, just a few workers.

It's hot at the trailhead and we're soon on our way back west to Arizona for Mount Graham, which we end up climbing this evening.

Sierra Blanca Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Extra Gain:164 ft / 49 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Lookout Mountain
    Trailhead:Ski centre  
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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