On this hike I bagged my first 14'er! Took about 5.5 hrs to reach the summit from the trail beginning 2 miles below the Barcroft Facility. The last 1000 ft to the summit were the toughest.. I had to lay down and rest a few minutes about every 40 ft in elevation that we ascended. There were incredible views from the summit.. the kind of views I had only seen from an airplane before. It was cold.. dry.. and generally uncomfortable :) .. but the weather was relatively benign!
On the way back down at around 13,500 ft I yakked my guts out a few times.. got a good abdominal workout from that, though.
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.
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.
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!
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..
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.
Pleasant hike. Followed ridge up to peak.
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!!
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.
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....
Some snow and hail, but all and all a pretty nice day. This was my wife's first 14000 foot peak.
Best view of the Sierra's ever. Worth the slog, but bring a mountain bike!
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.
Easiest 14er - road goes right to the top - though elevation is appearent on the endless switchbacks up summit.
Poor acclimitization led to a miserable descent, but the summit was tres cool. Trip Report and Pictures
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 !
Drove up on Friday night, summited on Saturday. Stunning moon-like landscapes!
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.
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!
The day was nice with a little wind. Made the round-trip in 4 1/2 hours, with time for lunch on top.
The road looks great for mountain biking. Last year when I was up here Gallen Rowell sign in the day before. I wish I could of climbed with him.