OverviewSonora Pass Area. Not to be confused with White Mountain on the Sierra crest north of Tioga Pass or White Mountain Peak the 14er that tops the White Mountains across Owens Valley from the Eastern Sierra.
White Mountain is essentially a big west sloping north/south ridge about 2 miles east of the Sierra crest a few miles north of Sonora Pass. It's one of the highest peaks in the area. Only Leavitt Peak and Sonora Peak are higher. It has 3 easy walk-up summits. The highest is the north summit. The east face is glaciated and steeper but has a northeast and a southeast ridge that look fairly easy. Passing between Sonora Peak and White Mountain the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) offers easy access to the peak's southwest slope.
FROM SILVER CREEK MEADOWS: From Sonora Pass go 11.2 miles east on Hwy. 108 to road 059 (a sign is posted SILVER CREEK ROAD PUBLIC ACCESS). From the juncton with Hwy 395 go west 4 miles to road 059. The road is .3 miles east of the Marine Corps training center. This 2wd road switchbacks up 3 miles and meets Road 060 which goes west. Stay on Silver Creek Road 3/4 mile to a fork. Fork left and drive 1 mile to roads end. This is at 8,600' in Silver Creek Meadows. The main peak is approximately 3 miles and 2,800' to the northwest via the northeast ridge which looks to be class 1-2. The south peak is about the same distance via the southeast ridge and looks to be class 1-2.
White Mountain is in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and no permits are required for day hiking. Permits are required for overnight camping. Permits can be obtained from the Bridgeport Ranger District just south of Bridgeport on Hwy. 395, 760-932-7070, 8 am to 4:30 pm 7 days a week in the summer. Mon. through Fri. in winter. Or write: Cheryl Probert, District Ranger HC 62 box 1000 Bridgeport, Ca. 93517
EUREKA VALLEY: 28 sites, el. 6000', along Hwy. 108 2.3 miles east of Dardenelles Resort and 2.7 miles west of Kennedy Meadows Road junction.
BAKER: 44 sites, 6,250' at start of Kennedy Meadows Road junction.
DEADMAN: 17 sites, 6,300', .5 miles along the Kennedy Measdows Road.
CHIPMUNK: 7,950', along Hwy. 108, 4,7 miles east of Sonora Pass and 7.3 miles east of Hwy. 395.
SONORA BRIDGE: 23 sites, 6,800', along Hwy. 108, 1.4 miles west of Hwy. 395.