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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

rgreeneRoute Climbed: The Dirt Road Route Date Climbed: 16 August 2003  Sucess!

rgreene

Poor acclimitization led to a miserable descent, but the summit was tres cool. Trip Report and Pictures
Posted Sep 29, 2003 11:17 pm

mtndaveRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: Sept. 13th, 2003  Sucess!

mtndave

Drove up the night before to TH for acclimation at 12K, left car at 515 am and reached summit at 815 am, car to car, 5 hours .Nice views of the Sierras and the Owens Valley . 2 cars blew their tires on the gravel road so go slow on the last 17 miles to TH. Wanted to summit a 14er with levis and cotton clothing so I picked this one ! Summited again with 14 yo daughter, 8-9-04, awesome !
Posted Sep 17, 2003 1:10 am

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: September 13, 2002  Sucess!

lidijagrazulis

Drove up on Friday night, summited on Saturday. Stunning moon-like landscapes!
Posted Sep 16, 2003 12:48 pm

rgmackieRoute Climbed: Road Date Climbed: September 2, 2003  Sucess!
Rain and hail fell on the Sierra to the west, but it was a fairly nice day across the valley on White. A leisurely hike that took 4:15 round trip.
Posted Sep 4, 2003 2:59 am

Bill OttRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: 1995  Sucess!

Bill Ott

Drove to the trail head in a 1988 Dodge Caravan. Intended to spend at least one night at the gate to acclimate. However, there was a full moon that night, so the temptation was too great. Started hiking at around 2100 hrs. It was like being on another planet. Did great, until about half way back to the car, total nausea.



Shuffling along the road, with the moon to light the way, I could see what appeared to be a boulder in the middle of the road. Hmm, that wasn't there before. It turned out to be another stricken hiker wrapped in a sleeping bag, sitting in the middle of the road. We ended up helping each other back to the trail head.
Posted Aug 31, 2003 9:28 pm

Matthew HollimanRoute Climbed: The road Date Climbed: Aug 14, 2003  Sucess!

Matthew Holliman

I was supposed to be climbing Mt. Sill today as part of the 2003 Sierra Challenge, but I'd slightly strained one of my quads on the descent from Red and White a couple of days before, and found I needed a rest day. I drove up here for the first time (itself a bit more exciting than I'd have liked), had a leisurely stroll up to the peak and back in 5 hours, and went to check out the bristlecone pines--an awesome experience. Most of the excitement came in dodging the mountain bikers on the way down.



This was the first day that week that actually felt like part of a vacation!
Posted Aug 19, 2003 6:23 pm

keemaRoute Climbed: South Road Date Climbed: August 17, 2003

keema

We camped at the gate and had a bit of rain fall on us. After the clouds cleared it chilled off. Awoke to ice on the tents. We were the first hikers to reach the summit. Two 4WD vehicles passed us as we neared the saddle near the base of the peak. When we reached the summit there were two other vehicles there besides the 2 that passed us. There were also 2 tents and a whole bunch of people inside the building. Apparently U.C. Davis was conducting a teast of altitude on some aspect of human physiology. The test subject / victims were brought from sea level to the summit with no acclimittization time and got spend the night there while being tested. What fun ;-P Spent an hour on the summit. A very enjoyable hike. On the way out I passed a VW Golf getting help for a cracked oil pan. Be careful on the drive in and out.
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Posted Aug 19, 2003 12:27 am

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