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josephgdawsonRoute Climbed: Westguard Pass Approach from the West Date Climbed: July 7, 2004  Sucess!

josephgdawson

Hit the trailhead at 8:00am and tagged the summit at 11:10am. Left the summit at 12:00pm and got back to the car at 2:50.



I enjoyed hiking up White Mountain although it was not very hard. I did not believe it was 14 miles roundtrip but it turned out to be every bit of it. Somehow or another both the way there and the way back seemed to be low grade uphill. Saw loads of Marmots and a goat or a deer.



White Mountain definitely has a distinct beauty to it although I would not consider it rugged. I had a good time. A couple who had summitted a couple of days before reported feeling some serious electricity in the air as a thunderstorm moved in on the summit and below it.
Posted Jul 12, 2004 7:57 pm

pusdkq6eeRoute Climbed: Bristlecone Pine Nation Forest Date Climbed: July 10 2004  Sucess!

pusdkq6ee

I DID IT. It is easy hike. There is nothing difficult. The main problems are long hike, high elevation and cold wind. Otherwise, it is prefect.
Posted Jul 11, 2004 3:36 pm

Ol WalsherRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: June 26, 2004  Sucess!

Ol Walsher

Camped at the gate the night before to acclimate. Summited around 9:00 a.m. and got off the mountain before the weather set in.



My buddy got two flat tires on the road.



A nice hike!
Posted Jun 29, 2004 12:50 pm

cbuelowRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: June 26, 2004  Sucess!

cbuelow

Rolled up to the gate at around 8pm on Friday night, had a few brews and watched the sunset over the Sierra. Slept in my truck until 4:30am, brewed some coffee and then off to the summit. A beautiful, clear morning and a great views from the top. Some ominous clouds rolled in as we started heading down, and flurries were coming down as we traversed south along the ridge back toward Barcroft. A great hike, but I'm glad we got off the mountain when we did.
Posted Jun 28, 2004 1:41 am

derbillyRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: June 19, 2004  Sucess!

derbilly

Little snow was left from the storm a day earlier except on the north face of every rock on the ground. Ideal weather and not very windy at the top. Several gliders flew up and away from Owens Valley while we were at the summit. Outstanding views in all directions. Truly an outstanding summit.
Posted Jun 23, 2004 2:05 am

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: 6/18/04  Sucess!

RobertCharlesAltman

I hiked/ran both ways on this day and started from Patriarch Grove Fork. Lots of thunder and then snowing on the way down. Read my trip report "Caught under Thunder Storm ". It tells how scared I was and why.
Posted Jun 21, 2004 5:38 am

flexter17Route Climbed: White Mountain Rd Date Climbed: 06/11/2004  Sucess!
On this hike I bagged my first 14'er! Took about 5.5 hrs to reach the summit from the trail beginning 2 miles below the Barcroft Facility. The last 1000 ft to the summit were the toughest.. I had to lay down and rest a few minutes about every 40 ft in elevation that we ascended. There were incredible views from the summit.. the kind of views I had only seen from an airplane before. It was cold.. dry.. and generally uncomfortable :) .. but the weather was relatively benign!



On the way back down at around 13,500 ft I yakked my guts out a few times.. got a good abdominal workout from that, though.
Posted Jun 19, 2004 10:43 am

daveheadRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: 6/11/04  Sucess!
Brought 2 east coast friends up to the summit. Spent the previous day around Bristle Cone Pine Forest to acclimate. A beautiful day with 10-15 mph winds and temps in the upper 30s and low 40s. Encountered a few snow flurries on the way back down. The road was still covered by snow near one of the last switchbacks near the summit and had to do a little scrabbling up the rocks. A great but challenging 'First 14er' for each of us.
Posted Jun 15, 2004 7:45 pm

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: 6/8/04  Sucess!

RobertCharlesAltman

I went and climbed it on the road today. Great hike/run. I enjoyed crystal clear skies, although it was cold.. Needed to cut about .15 from top as the road is covered with ice/snow.
Posted Jun 9, 2004 1:08 am

goscRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: May 30, 2004  Sucess!

gosc

Drove to the trailhead a few miles below Barcroft Station without any problems. No snow on the road but occasional patches on the sides. My friend and I rode bikes from the trailhead for about 5 miles and decided to go on foot from there. The snow and mushy dirt road made uphill climbing on bikes very taxing and not worth it. At the 12,700 ft level, my friend decided to turn back since he was tired. I gave him food and water and we rested a bit to make sure he was OK.



Very windy and cold most of the road but the wind subsided on the switchbacks up to the summit. Not a cloud in the sky. Patches of snow still were on the switchbacks. Since I was wearing my bike shoes which snow easily entered, I bypassed the switchbacks by going straight up the rock scree and made the summit at 10:15 a.m. No crampons or ice axes were required on this route. It was very, very windy and I was alone at the summit. Beautiful views of the Sierras to the West and Death Valley to the East!
Posted Jun 1, 2004 12:17 pm

RobertCharlesAltmanRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: 05-28-04  Sucess!

RobertCharlesAltman

Snowed hard in morning. Hiked/Ran road from Patriarch Grove Fork up to summit. About .15 from summit, there is a large, steep and icey drift that covers the road. It is practically impossible to go around it. No tracks of any kind are over the drift. I cut straight up the bare rocks and easy to hike/climb mountainside. I hiked toward summit using GPS and fluked into hitting the (clear) road again, and hiked the last .1 to the top. The register is in a box in front of the building. No summit view for myself this day-all cloud covered. Mostly just drifts on the road from Barcroft on up and easily to cross except for the drift that is .15 from the summit..
Posted May 30, 2004 3:39 am

kelseymkrauseRoute Climbed: 4wd Road Date Climbed: May 15, 2004  Sucess!

kelseymkrause

The snow covered the road and forced us to park the truck early and walk an extra 10 miles. Cold weather came in very quick and unexpected, I'll be better prepared next time.
Posted May 17, 2004 3:53 pm

roadsidefireRoute Climbed: Normal route Date Climbed: May 2002  Sucess!

roadsidefire

Pleasant hike. Followed ridge up to peak.
Posted Apr 14, 2004 3:59 am

PellucidWombatRoute Climbed: West Ridge Date Climbed: March 22, 2004  Sucess!

PellucidWombat

Am I the first one to climb this route on summitpost?

Gorgeous route, LOTS of elevation gain. There was only about 10% snow cover beginning at 12,000 ft. It should be a fun route to do with more snow cover!



P.S. I disagree with Stephen Porcella's class 2 rating in his "Climbing California's Fourteeners" book. The ridgeline along the +13,000 ft peak before reaching the final slope is definitely class 3 (see my photos) unless one drops below it about one thousand feet and does a traverse on steep slopes!!
Posted Mar 26, 2004 3:08 am

cp0915Route Climbed: Date Climbed: June 2003  Sucess!

cp0915

In May or June 2003, having never been to the White Mountains before, I headed up there to do an exploratory of the area. After hiking up Sheep Mountain and Piute Mountain, as well as another unnamed 12er in the area, I fell in love with the lunar feel of the place. Pretty trippy spot.



I decided that I'd like to come back and do White Mountain.



Week or two later, I headed up to the Whites again and camped at the gate the night before heading off to the mountain. Started at 0330 and reached the summit a few hours later. It was a wonderful sight to see the sun rising against the Sierra.



A very special place...lots of marmots along the old road.
Posted Feb 18, 2004 10:21 am

amochkaRoute Climbed: Research Station Road Date Climbed: September 2, 2003  Sucess!

amochka

A great trip to the Sierras, Death Valley and Bristlecone Pine Forest. Camped in parking lot at gate to research station road (12,000 ft.) night before climb. Looming thunderstorms over in the Sierras, but never seemed to reach us as we climbed. Interesting flock of sheep at research station....saw yellow bellied marmots that felt the need to cackle at us as we ascended. Saw a family of foxes at 13,000 ft. Great view of Sierras and thunderclouds from the summit. Dark clouds moving our way made for a quick descent on our part. A great high-elevation climb! Wish I could say I was jogging it like two other guys we saw who were training for Whitney....
Posted Feb 17, 2004 11:07 pm

mtnfotoRoute Climbed: The Road Date Climbed: Labor day 2003  Sucess!
Some snow and hail, but all and all a pretty nice day. This was my wife's first 14000 foot peak.
Posted Jan 27, 2004 10:50 am

thenunzRoute Climbed: Jeep Trail Date Climbed: 10/17/03  Sucess!

thenunz

Best view of the Sierra's ever. Worth the slog, but bring a mountain bike!
Posted Oct 26, 2003 1:23 pm

mgp5000Route Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: October 19, 2003  Sucess!

mgp5000

My first successful summit of a 14er! Not technically difficult, but it sure is a long slog in one day. Saw a pack of Bighorn Sheep rams near the summit. Another single ram got within 50 feet of us. That was probably more exciting than the summit itself.



Regarding the road to the trailhead - we navigated it in a Subaru Outback Sport (4WD, moderate to low clearance). Passed as least one truck with a flat tire. It's much more about the driver than the vehicle. Make sure you have good tire pressure and check your spare as well. Take it slow, and you'll be fine.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 12:12 pm

TDRobertsRoute Climbed: White Mountain Road Date Climbed: Sep 20 '03  Sucess!

TDRoberts

Easiest 14er - road goes right to the top - though elevation is appearent on the endless switchbacks up summit.
Posted Oct 20, 2003 9:18 am

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