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Luciano136Switchback road?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 19, 2009


JUL 19TH 2009
Hiked the road from the Barcroft gate; this must be the most indirect way to get to a summit; holy switchback! Well, guess it's a road and not a trail. Either way, nice hike! A bit tough coming down since we were breathing in smoke from the Bishop Creek fires. Lots of thunderstorm activity as well; we had the first rumbling at 1:30pm but luckily got back to the car by 2:30pm. A lot of people still behind us though; hope they made it safely because there was quite a lightning show on the drive out.

OCT 7TH 2006
Jeep Road - Great start with horrible end

Went up on Saturday (Oct 7th). Snow started about halfway between the observatory and the switchbacks. Some parts of the road probably have a foot of snow. It started snowing pretty heavily and we turned around just before the switchbacks as we got worried the truck might get snowed in (only 2wd). The snow was almost all the way to the trailhead, then there was a break and then another part of the road had a good layer. It was about 23 degrees at the trailhead at 4pm.

Then the trouble began. Made it past the snow but had TWO flat tires at about 10k. About 6 hours later we were towed back to Bishop. 10:30pm, no car, still no food and not one single motel room available. Finally made it to Mammoth with a shuttle to get a room around 1:30am. "Fun" day. Got back home Sunday 8pm, a day late. I was pretty annoyed.
Posted Jul 20, 2009 1:31 pm

mrchad9Re: Switchback road?


I was in one of the groups well behind you, everyone made it out but true the lightning did get fairly interesting as the day went on. One boomed pretty close just as we crossed the ridge and started down to the Barcroft facility.
Posted Jul 21, 2009 7:38 pm

RussThawquicky  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 9, 2009


Had a another great day for a nice walk up White Mt. with my wilderness partner Cindy Thaw. Great weather. russ thaw
Posted Jul 16, 2009 10:24 pm

Matt WorsterWhite Mtn  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 11, 2009

Matt Worster

Nice hike for the elevation. Far more flauna than I expected: penstemon, desert marigold, and of course more sagebrush than you can shake a stick at. Drove down Silver Canyon Road - hubba hubba!
Posted Jul 12, 2009 5:57 pm

RobbIndependence Day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 4, 2009


What a way to celebrate. This was a hard one for me. The vertical seemed so much harder at this altitude, but prevailed, and checked this bad boy off the list.
Posted Jul 9, 2009 10:02 am

sierrasclimberLame  Sucess!


Ticked it but just for the list. Stopping and hiking off the road before the end was way cooler.
Posted Apr 7, 2009 10:39 pm

sagehawk88First 14er  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2002
First attempt at a 14er at the age of 12. Hike up to the Observatory was fine but weather worsened and make the walk along the ridge line more treacherous because of the high exposure. The Clouds eventually passed and we were able to finish the climb. Only saw 3 other people on the trail. Made summit at about sunset time, with an amazing view of the Sierra Crest. Walked back to the light of the full moon. Excellent trip to take the younger kids on seeing as how there's fairly easy access and a road the entire way. Good hike overall, I've always loved the White Mountains.
Posted Jan 17, 2009 4:15 pm

KadeeFirst 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 28, 2008


Took the South Face route. The drive in was very long and bumpy! Awesome terrain and cool colors though. I got a late start so I was coming down when the sun was low, which was actually very nice because the marmots started to come out of hiding. It was fun to watch them.
Posted Nov 10, 2008 4:59 pm

NoonduelerRegular hike from Barcroft  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 22, 1996


Mt. Gould next day
Posted Nov 6, 2008 4:34 pm

paisajeroamericanonevada highpoint?  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 1, 2008


kinda boring hike up - the old road sure does a lot of winding - great views from the top though - a bit hazy, but the views of the palisades were divine - I ran straight down via mount barcroft - that was fun
Posted Oct 21, 2008 11:10 am

SkydiveKenOne more  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 20, 2008


One more 14er. A very strange landscape. Wish I had more time to explore.
Posted Sep 22, 2008 8:53 pm

MelitoIrpinoColder than we thought in September  Sucess!


Fairly easy hike as long as you acclimatize for a day. Seeing the Bristlecone Pine Forest is a must while you are there.
Posted Sep 15, 2008 2:40 pm

mstenderHad to bail!


I tried it a couple of years ago with my buddy Richard in October and we had to bail because of a pretty bad snow storm. We were already pretty high up (just before the final ascent to the summit) when we saw the storm coming in and decided to bail. It started to snow by the time we were at the research station and be the time we reached the car it was snowing really bad (a couple of inches in 15min). Temperatures had dropped into the 10's, really cold and windy. But it was still a lot of fun and will return one day to summit.
Posted Sep 10, 2008 1:38 pm

seanoFrom Barcroft Gate  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2007


A cold hike/jog in blowing snow.
Posted Sep 5, 2008 2:24 pm

AmbretOne Long Walk  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2008


Hiked up from the Barcroft gate. Nice breeze, so not too hot. Pretty desolate, though great views of the Sierras throughout the hike. My friend and I had the summit to ourselves (it was a Thursday). Saw three others on their way up as we headed down.
Posted Aug 30, 2008 5:08 pm

Lips74Summer Solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 11, 2008


Solo climbed from the Barcroft gate on the dirt road. Very sunny comfortable morning climb with great views north to Mt. Dana and south along the High Sierra. Took about 6 hours round trip.
Posted Aug 26, 2008 12:22 pm

dpsiebertDirt Road  Sucess!


Fun trip, but harder than I was expecting. Nice weather:)
Posted Aug 22, 2008 6:08 am

saladMain Trail  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


A family affair. We took advantage of the open gates on the last day of a two week vacation. My second time up, my wifes first time (her second 14'er). My daughter (age 5) hiked to the summit on her own for her first 14'er, and my son (age 2) got a ride all the way on my back for his first ever peak.
Posted Aug 21, 2008 7:32 pm

plumeroad trip  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2008


Great late afternoon hike.
Posted Aug 4, 2008 1:36 am

bkk030580Good Altitude Test  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2008


Quick trip to the top after sleeping at 8600ft. Lots of mountain bikers out.
Posted Jul 28, 2008 1:05 pm

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