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forjanJeep Road
Date Climbed: Dec 17, 2006

forjan

Saturday, Dec 16th 2006: Road was blocked at the intersection of Patriarch Grove road with White Mountain Road. Slept inside Tina's truck. Windy with 6" to 8" of snow overnight.
Sunday, Dec 17th 2006: It was 1 deg F around 6:30am. Started hiking at 8:30am (3 deg F) from Patriarch Grove intersection. Took a cross-country route passing north of Sheep Mountain. Got to the regular summer locked-gate trailhead around 11:00am. Rested there for 15 minutes. Continued on and reached the Barcroft Research Station (12,500') an hour later. Decided to call it a day here. Back to Tina's truck by 3:20pm (still 3 deg F at 3:30pm). Drove in 4WD out with 6-8" of fresh snow with the occasional 1-foot snow spin drift. Found that the USFS locked us at the Sierra View gate; luckly, they used a bungee cord to lock the gate and not a padlock. Closed call! So, currently, White Mtn Road is locked at Sierra View. Tina's TR.


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Route Climbed: Jeep Road
Date Climbed: October 6, 2006

Drove to the locked gate the previous evening. Thinking of laying out and sleeping under the stars.....didn't happen. Way too cold. I slept inside my car. Temperature next morning: 16 degress F. Brrr....brrr....COLD. Waited for the partial sun to warm up something. Started riding my bike at 8:15AM from the locked gate. Passed the Barcroft Research station (8:45AM). Ditched my mtn bike around 13,000' as I couldn't ride in the snow drifts. Got to the summit at 11:00AM. Stayed there only 15 minutes. Stopped just below the observatory for a side trip to Mount Barcroft (13,040'), reaching its summit at 1:00PM. Quick ride down from the Barcroft Research station to the locked gate: 6 minutes. Back at my car at 1:30PM. Rested, ate and put bike away. Drove down and decided to take another side trip to summit Sheep Mountain (12,497'), 3:00PM. Back to the car at 3:30PM. Eating pizza by 5:30PM at Bishop's Pizza Factory.

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Route Climbed: Jeep Road
Date Climbed: August 15, 2004

Steven Sauter and I rode our mountain bikes from the locked gate (elev : 11,680') to the large saddle just before the slope to the summit (about a 5 1/2 mile ride). We cached our bikes just before the saddle area. We spent 40 minutes on the summit: resting, eating, taking pictures and talking to a service man who works for WMRS (he came up to the summit on one of the WMRS Toyota 4x4 trucks). The previous night we had thunderstorms that started at 10:00pm and lasted some hours into the night. So, on the way down from the summit, we heard thunder clouds again. That made us hike down faster and get to our bikes right away for a quick descent. Hail started coming down as we passed by the Barcroft Research lab. The fast ride down was very fun, despite getting hit with hail from Barcroft down to the locked gate. Driving out from the gate we passed through the heart of the thunderstorm: marble-sized white hail covered the surrounding mountain slopes making it appear as snow.

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Route Climbed: Jeep Road
Date Climbed: June 30, 2002

After hiking to Boundary Peak on Saturday 6/29/02, mdostby and I stopped at the Sizzler's in Bishop to treat ourselves with plenty of food. Then, we headed towards the Locked Gate. Got to the locked gate around 7:00pm and then we spent the next hour putting up chicken wire below my car's engine to protect it from the marmots. Slept under the stars at the locked gate parking area. Woke up by 5:00am and started walking at 5:30am. Within 1000' of elevation gain left, I decided to head straight up through class 2 rock. Got to the summit at 9:11am. Next time I do this mountain I'm going to mountain bike it most of the way.


Posted Oct 8, 2006 6:31 am

Dennis PoulinStandard Route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2002

Dennis Poulin

I left my wife in a motel in the valley, drove up, hiked to the summit, and was back to the motel in plenty of time for dinner. Great hike, FANTASTIC views of the Sierra's
Posted Sep 22, 2006 9:54 pm

surgentLike walking on the moon  Sucess!

surgent

Had the whole peak to myself. Started at 4:30 am in moonlight, loved the high-alpine stark beauty of the peak.
Posted Sep 18, 2006 7:25 pm

Mark NFrom Barcroft Gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2005

Mark N

Easy walk up. Helps if you are acclimatized. Good view of Sierras but probably better in autumn after summer haze subsides.
Posted Sep 16, 2006 11:02 pm

tkoooooooooobarcroft gate TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2006

tkoooooooooo

nice hike. very windy, but nice views.
Posted Sep 15, 2006 6:45 am

Bob BoltonBarcroft TH  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2006

Bob Bolton

Long, breezy, cool hike with fabulous views of the eastern Sierra. Fascinating place, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Posted Sep 14, 2006 12:59 am

jaridgeThe Ridge Boys first fourteen'er.  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2006

jaridge

This was our highest peak so far. For me (49 years old)it was the next level up from my previous high Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park. For my 23 year old newly minted Marine it was his highest by about 4,000 feet. The weather was overcast most of the day and we only spent about 15 minutes at the summit because Mr. Thunder was announcing his presence. Great hike, hard to get used to the altitude especially when you live in Rochester, NY with an average height of about 200 feet. Next year, the big one, Mt. Whitney!
Posted Sep 11, 2006 7:32 pm

tarolMade it to the top  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 9, 2006

tarol

Wow, what a great peak to climb! I climbed this peak with my friends Duane, Andy, Cheryl, and 4wheelbob who hikes in a wheelchair and is attempting White Mountain Peak for the 4th time. Not sure if he made it to the top since I had to come back earlier than the rest. But when I left him he had made it further than he had before. The view from the top was obscured by haze - lots of smoke coming up from fires down south. But the hike was a good one and very rewarding. I grew up in Bishop and always loved the view looking up to the peak and now I can say I've looked down from it as well.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 1:46 pm

boisedocPleasant walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 1995

boisedoc

Other than a bit of altitude sickness sleeping at 12000 feet, pretty uneventful.
Posted Sep 11, 2006 5:35 am

eggheadsherpaRoute Climbed: Barcroft gate trailhead
Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2006

eggheadsherpa

It felt so wrong summiting this on the day the Barcroft gate was open...but I'm still counting this one. Super easy hike with some nice views of the Palisades.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 4:31 am

Travis_Quick and Fast Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2006

Travis_

Lead a hike up with outdoorsclub.org. Made it to the summit in 2 hrs and 40 minutes. First 14'er. Hung out at the top for a long time, cold and beautiful. Great views, easy 14'er but well worth it.
Posted Sep 5, 2006 3:10 am

b_bettsHazy Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 16, 2006

b_betts

Good weather, though the nice views were obscured by a lot of haze.
Posted Aug 22, 2006 6:32 am

BranchWhitneyGreat Hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 19, 2006
Great views and interesting landscape. Perfect day - no wind and plenty of sunshine.
Posted Aug 22, 2006 2:34 am

Peak BaguetteScary drive to Trailhead!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006

Peak Baguette

My little Prius still looks ultra-tough covered with evidence of my backroads excursion to the trailhead. My first 14er! :)
Posted Aug 19, 2006 4:29 am

coastclimberperfect weather,great climb  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 13, 2006

coastclimber

Stayed Friday night and Grandview and Saturday night at the trailhead. Got started at 5:30am after a miserable and cold night in the car. Warmed up a bit after sunrise, and turned into a beautiful day. Took it nice and slow with a couple of stops for breakfast/hydration, summited around 10am, took in the breathtaking view for a while, and made a quick run back to the car. All around a great experience!
Posted Aug 16, 2006 7:40 pm

ckerthNice View  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

ckerth

Climbed the day after Langley. Worked well for acclimating. The views from the top (and along the way) made the trip well worth it.
Posted Aug 16, 2006 4:59 am

SusanMLong Road  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2006

SusanM

My eight year old son made the summit with our group. It was crowded at the summit today.
Posted Aug 14, 2006 10:59 am

kngalaricFantastic  Sucess!

kngalaric

What a great peak! Easy too, the driving is the longest part.
Posted Aug 9, 2006 1:46 am

rasgoatgreat views of the sierras!  Sucess!

rasgoat

nice drive to trailhead. bristlecone pines are awesome and as old as the pyramids! (in egypt) can see many of the other fourteeners on a clear day from summit. sort of a boring hike though
Posted Aug 6, 2006 10:27 pm

derekp62The Sparks were Flying!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2006

derekp62

With Thunderheads popping up and down the valley we weren't sure we'd have an opportunity to summit during our mid-week hike. We watched a rain storm pass the peak in the early AM and then had clear skys so we continued to the peak. With sun on the peak we noticed the clouds getting darker on the saddle we were going to have to cross to get back. Spent a worrying last 20min. in a hail and lighnting storm. Luckily, the lightning was more than a few miles away. Still closer than I would have liked. Had a nice chat with Roger and Al at the Barcroft Station while we waited out the lightning! Nice bunch of folks! The lightning stopped us on Mt. Langley two days later! :-(
Posted Jul 26, 2006 10:13 pm

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