This was more alpine and scenic than I expected. Also a nice break from the difficulties of most CA 14ers.
Beautiful hike to the top on a perfect summer day...landscape is barren and inhospitable per human standards, but full of life; saw many birds, moths, grasshoppers, spiders, flowers and plants, grumpy marmots, and the king of the mountains the CA bighorn.
Long walk from the Barcroft Gate trailhead, up the southeast slope of the peak. No problems at all. There was a significant snow field covering the trail around 14,000' elevation but there is a steep use trail that easily bypassed the snow field. Great views on top. Started hiking at 6:45 AM, finished back at trailhead around 4 PM, we took our time along the way and spent at least 40 minutes on top. Great hike up, very enjoyable (but still a challenge)!
Beautiful weather & several friendly hikers on the mountain.
White Mountain Peak
Started at 3am under a star-strewn sky. Watched the sunrise bloom as I went up the final slope. Views from the top are tremendous; I don't think there is a better perspective of the Sierra escarpment anywhere. Would be lovely to be up here in winter with perfect air quality.
Lots of marmots, but only one person (out of 10+) wrapped their car.
This became my go to peak to take first time folk aspiring to 14ers. Don’t forget to stop on the way and see the Bristle Cone National Monument.
This time with Lorraine. A shake down hike before Whitney.
Most tame bighorns I've ever seen.
Loved the hike, the views were great. Fairly easy except for the altitude gave me a bit of elevation sickness that made me a little slower.
Wrote a trip report here: http://www.shedreamsofalpine.com/blog/2017/10/22/white-mountain-day-hike
In my opinion one of the best views in CA...breathtaking vista of Sierra crest on one side and aerial view over the basin and range province on the other.
solo mission to the peak. mountain bike is the only way to go, felt terrible, didn't acclimatize correctly.
Perfect weather and not many people on the mountain. White Mountain Peak was my 31st ultra prominence peak and 4th California 14er.
4th time up white mountain peak. This time hiked with Harvey, Mary and Katie. All made it- 4 1/2 hours up and 3 hours down. Got a chance to see inside the mountain top research station. Glad we went on Saturday and didn't have to deal with the crowds on Sunday when road was open to Barcroft.
Although the trail is easy class 1 from Barcroft gate, the altitude really hit on the last stretch of switchbacks! Incomparable views, however, and the never-ending road to the trailhead was OK with 2wd HC, driven carefully.
The drive was slower than expected off of Highway 395. Camped at the Barcroft gate. Wonderful views! Great time.
Beautiful and cold. Took a nice nap on the summit. Didn't see another soul the entire day.
Road bikes from the gate, but only made it about 3 miles. Dropped the bikes and continued the rest of the way. Large herd of Bighorns were hanging out near the summit.
Bikes helped a little on the return, but without shocks, it was a bumpy ride.
Suzi stayed in the trailer in Mammoth while Todd and I camped at Grandview for the night before the hike. Todd drove down Silver Canyon on the way back - fun.
Saw a pack of about 15 big horn sheep during the descent. Then as I about 1/4 mi from reaching the end of the trail it started hailing the size of marbles. I found shelter in a Porta Potty as I waited out the brunt of the storm. When I opened the door, the entire ground was covered in about 2" of hail and ice.