Pathfinder | 80 pts
I was in nearby Ruidoso with family and saw Sierra Blanca Peak from downtown and knew I'd have to hike it. I asked a Forest Ranger if it could be hiked and was told that you needed permission from the Mescalero Apaches who run Ski Apache, but being short on time decided to give it a try anyway. I'd have stopped if I had come to a fence or a No Trespassing sign, but I saw neither. I hiked up from the trailhead next to the parking lot at Ski Apache. Had the trail to myself all the way to the saddle between Lookout & Sierra Blanca peaks. Met a guy who had overnighted on the summit and then a father & son later on the summit. Weather was PERFECT & the view was truly awesome. Watched a herd of @30 Elk across a valley from me. Total hiking out/summit hang-out/ hiking back time was 7 hours. Allow for as much summit hang-out time as you can, depending on the weather, I guess. The drive up to Ski Apache is worth the trip all by itself. Definitely one of the cooler places I've been. Lots of other great trails in the area, some of which I hiked the next day. Looking forward to going back again someday.