OverviewWhite Mountains. This is the massive Great Basin range that rises across Owens Valley from the Sierra Nevada and includes 14,246' White Mountain Peak, Californias 3rd highest mountain. Blanco was named by Mexican prospectors for its' white rock. This prominent little peak is forested with bristlecone pines. It can easily be hiked in half a day combined with County Line Hill (11,229') 1.3 miles to the northwest. The views up and down range include almost everything from White Mountain Peak south to the Inyo Mountains. The High Sierra looms large beyond the bristlecones 30 miles west.
Getting ThereSchulman Grove where the road turns to well graded dirt. Continue another 9.2 miles on the Bristlecone Road to the Crooked Creek Road (forest service road 5S01, passable to all cars) Go right .3 mile to a drainage to start the hike. Blanco Mountain is visible 2 miles to the south via a dirt track trail that goes almost to the base of the peak. This hike is a 1,200' gain. The northwest slope is pretty much class 1.
You can also tag County Line Hill which is just a half mile off to the west above the trail.
This is Inyo National Forest. There are no permits required for this hike.
There are numerous dirt road pullouts off the Bristlecone Road for car camping without facilities.