Sierra Blanca is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Lincoln County, New Mexico. It is within Lincoln National Forest. It is two miles long and begins at 9,849 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,257 feet.
Sierra Blanca Professional Reviews and Guides
"A day hike to the alpine summit of the highest mountain in southern New Mexico. The USGS designates the entire mountain range from the Jicarillas in the north to just north of north end of the Guadalupes in the south as the Sacramento Mountains.The huge extrusive volcanic mountain of Sierra Blanca Peak towers 7,800 feet above the Tularosa Valley for the greatest relief in New Mexico. The peak and surrounding ridges and summits are the only area in southern New Mexico to rise above timberline into alpine tundra vegetation."
--Laurence Parent, Hiking New Mexico - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides).
"A 12-mile paved highway that climbs up the highest mountain in southern New Mexico to Ski Apache ski area. The drive up to Ski Apache is one of the highest and most spectacular in the state. The ski area is on the upper slopes of 12,000-foot Sierra Blanca Peak, the highest mountain in southern New Mexico. The mountain, snow-capped for much of the year, surprises many first time visitors to southern New Mexico who come expecting desert. The peak is high enough to reach above timberline; its summit is bare of trees. Alpine wildflowers blanket the upper slopes in summer."
--Tom Barr, Scenic Driving New Mexico (Falcon Guides).
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