Sierra Blanca

Elevation (feet): 12,003
Elevation (meters): 3,659
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Southwest Basins and Ranges
State: New Mexico
Latitude: 33.6833
Longitude: -106.167
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: May, Jun, Jul
Year first climbed: Prehistoric
Nearest major airport: Ruidoso, NM
Convenient Center: Ruidoso, NM

Thanks to Mike Makowsky for adding this peak.

Broad based, gently sloping peak with marginally steep and rocky final ascent. Dominate peak in area with few other peaks in 10,000 ft range. Ski area located on eastern flanks with paved road access within a few miles of summit. Snow covered in winter and spring months. Located within boundaries of Mescalaro Apache Indian Reservation.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Sierra Blanca.

Select any entry from the list below:

  • Log #16809 - by Bert Verstraete on June 19, 2004
    New Mexico can be windy... on a seemingly calm day the wind suddenly picked up to 40 - 50 MPH with swirling gusts on the ridge between Lookout peak (just above the Ski Apache gondola) and Sierra...
  • Log #16810 - by Kirk Sadowski on May 29, 2004
    Fairly easy climb. Amazing vistas of the New Mexico desert. Lots of Pine with broad grassy meadows. Springs shooting out of the rocks all along the path up.
  • Log #16811 - by Steve adn Jessica Ochoa on May 11, 2004
    This is a great peak to begin your peak bagging.This was our first. I highly recommend this peak for any hikers coming from central Texas.Only 600 miles from San Antonio and Austin.
  • Log #16812 - by Mike Makowsky on Aug 31, 2001
    Started from Bonito Lake and approached peak from North/Northwest. Incredible views including White Sands to the Southwest. Very enjoyable two day hike.