This was my last training hike before going to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Turned back early in the hike, due to extreme dizziness/vertigo (this turned out to be a sinus infection, which was causing an inner ear/balance problem... did manage to get it cleared up before I went to Kili). I enjoyed this area, especially the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forests, and will go back next summer to finish the climb!
We rode the bikes this time. It took just 2:30 to summit.
It looks pretty stupid pushing bikes the last 500 feet of elevation. But a great ride out!
This is our second time on the Mountain
Perfect day - spectacular views of the High Sierra .. also saw a real nice sunrise on the way up.
The drive to the trailhead really rocks (your vehicle :) Great views of the Sierra and esp. the Palisades etc.
My first 14er! Happy with my performance at altitude. There was a really cute research student with a group at the summit hut (they drove up in a 4runner). I let her put me on a pulse ox, my o2 sat was only 74%!
The drive through the Bristlecone Pine Forest was quite an experience; we drove up as the sun was going down, and the Bristlecone Pines were quite a sight. The hike wasn't terribly exciting, but there are nice views if it's clear and it's a great way to spend time at 14,000 feet. Next time, I'm bringing my mountain bike!
A comfortable ascent, especially after a long wedding weekend in LA. There was a Japanese family near the summit with two sons aged no more than 10 and 12. Way to get them started early! Spent the night before in the State Park primitive campground on the way in - good place to acclimatize.
Walked solo to the summit in April using the main route. 54 miles round trip (4 days) since the road was closed. I was surprised when I heard dogs as I got near the research station. There were 2 guys staying through the winter, observing the dogs at altitude, and offered me a beer on my way down. Awesome!
I've got two thrwarted attempts on the West Ridge also. Need to get back there...
Ran into a whole herd of bighorn, and a couple crazy looking researchers from the UC research facility. Jogged the whole way out to escape the hail.
Tried to climb it Xmas 1974 but turned around at Barcroft with bad weather coming in. Spent the night on top Xmas '76 with Fritz and David. Spent the night on top in the summer of 1975 with Markle and Fritz. Climbed it in Oct. 1989 with JPL hiking club, summer '74 with Fritz and ???.
First tried to climb it in the spring about 1970, but snow blocked the road just past the Bristlecones and we only made it as far as Barcroft before we tired out - we had driven all night from San Diego to get there and had no sleep.
After a failed attempt on Ritter the day before I decided my ego needed a peak with a high probability of success. This was the mountain for me then! Tough road, passenger cars beware. Amazing views of the eastern Sierra on this clear day. Well worth the time if your in the area.
Spectacular views of the Eastern Sierras, ran into a whole heard of Bighorns near the top.
Eric J Lee
Hiked with Balajisv and Brian under a fairly clear sky. The hike to the summit, including picture taking and messing with the fat marmots on their rock pile, took me a minute or two under three hours. Skipping the switchbacks on the summit massif is clean if you take the decent use trail on the far left side of the face.
Route Climbed: Barcroft Road Date Climbed: July 19, 2003 Sucess!
This is an easy hike, though you should acclimatize before hand as it is about five hours of hiking at altitudes > 12K. The most difficult thing about this hike was the drive to the gate.
This was the first 14er for me. Not too difficult, but still had a mild headache....
Did this with my family many years ago. I asked my Dad what altitude sickness was and he told me to run and find out. I did and I did! Sick as a dog... but I still remember the bristlecone pines.
Hit the trailhead at 8:00am and tagged the summit at 11:10am. Left the summit at 12:00pm and got back to the car at 2:50.
I enjoyed hiking up White Mountain although it was not very hard. I did not believe it was 14 miles roundtrip but it turned out to be every bit of it. Somehow or another both the way there and the way back seemed to be low grade uphill. Saw loads of Marmots and a goat or a deer.
White Mountain definitely has a distinct beauty to it although I would not consider it rugged. I had a good time. A couple who had summitted a couple of days before reported feeling some serious electricity in the air as a thunderstorm moved in on the summit and below it.
I DID IT. It is easy hike. There is nothing difficult. The main problems are long hike, high elevation and cold wind. Otherwise, it is prefect.
Camped at the gate the night before to acclimate. Summited around 9:00 a.m. and got off the mountain before the weather set in.
My buddy got two flat tires on the road.
A nice hike!