Mexico’s highest mountains are massive volcanoes, some active and unclimbable. Two of Mexico’s tallest support glaciers, which make for scenic and interesting hikes.

Orizaba ThumbPico de Orizaba – December 2012
5636m Pico de Orizaba is the highest mountain in Mexico, and the third highest in North America. I climbed the north route up Orizaba over two days, with perfect weather and great conditions on the Jamapa glacier.

Orizaba ThumbIztaccihuatl – December 2012
5230m Iztaccihuatl is Mexico’s third highest mountain. I hiked Iztaccihuatl over three days as acclimatization for Pico de Orizaba, but its great views made it a worthwhile hike in its own right.