Beautiful hike this last Saturday, and we were so happy to finally make this summit (I had to turn around last time I tried 19 years ago!). Surprisingly busy on the trail (~15 hikers + ~7 bikers). Road to the trailhead was rougher than usual due to a heavy snow year. Trail was almost totally free of snow except for the last saddle before the peak. Perfect weather, no clouds and quite cool (needed gloves & a warm hat). And a wonderful surprise on the way down was the chance to see ~10 bighorn sheep grazing just 25 feet away from us on the side of the trail. Amazing!
Ran most of the way up and all the way back. Cool, windy, some rain, but had a good time!
Barcroft open house - first 14'er - great up. Serious lightning and hail all the way back turned the entire route white - could see the sun shining down in Bishop. Looked fine going in but after 20 min on summit, storm developed surprisingly fast. Astounding views of the Sierra.
Open house day! Mother nature wouldnt let it be a gimmie tho, and pelted us with hail for a solid hour from the summit down. A little sketch with the lightening.
Used the hike (and the night spent at the gate) to acclimate for Sunday's hike in the Sierras. Great views west including the storms brewing over the Sierras but the dirt road getting to the gate sucked (no matter what the vehicle clearance)
Threatened by thunderstorms but only got a few raindrops.
My brother (who donated his kidney to me) and myself started at 5:25am from the Barcroft gate. The sunrise was epic. We passed the Barcroft facility at 6:40am. We stayed together until we reached the switchbacks at the base of the mountain. My brother quickly pulled ahead of me and reached the summit exactly three hours after we started. I reached the summit 25 minutes later at 8:50am. I began feeling symptoms of altitude sickness so I signed the register and descended. My brother felt fine the whole way and we arrived back at the gate at noon. I would recommend this hike for the great views. BE SURE TO ACULAMATE BEFORE GOING!!
After missing the opportunity last summer (due to a sinus/inner ear infection), climbed to the summit this summer. Left Barcroft gate at 3 am, hit the summit around 8:30. It was spectacular hiking under the stars, then watching the sun rise across the Great Basin as I approached the mountain. Ran out of "gas" about 3.5 miles before I got back to my car... dragged my sorry b**t in a little after noon.
To echo some other comments... the road to Barcroft is very difficult for low clearance cars. My Corolla was not happy. The forest service really understates the suitability of the road for "passenger cars." Would recommend high clearance whenever possible!
Camped at Grandview which makes it a 21 mile drive to the gate. The road beyond the Schulman grove is pretty washboarded for most of the remaining 16 miles and makes one want to be using a rental vehicle instead of mine. Saw a guy just a bit beyond the Schulman grove checking his tires for the drive into Barcroft. What made it interesting was that he was driving a low slung passenger car with those new narrow tires they sell to lower the profile of the car. When I asked him if he knew what lay ahead he let me know that his car had all wheel drive. I wonder what the tow truck bill will be for that guy. Anyway, it is a nice hike and I had a nice day to enjoy the mountain pretty much all to my self. Saw only one other hiker all day. Beautiful mountains and those bristlecone trees are outstanding.
Walked up the 4wd road.
My second time to the summit, I did this with a group of friends after camping at Grandview for a couple days.
Great hike to the summit. The views were beautiful, though the clouds were rolling in. Thunder began as soon as we reached the summit; I only stayed for about 5 minutes before heading down. No ill effects of the altitude, save for shortness of breath. There were only two other people on the trail (a couple from Switzerland) until we were almost back down to the Barcroft facility. Big fat marmots everywhere.
Did this hike with my best friend. We spend two days at 8000 ft in Mammoth, then drove up to the parking lot. This wasn't enough acclimatizing, so the hike kicked out butts. We left Mammoth around 7am, took around 3 hours to make it to the parking lot. Our hike was 8 hours car to car and we were the last ones of the summit. I'd recommend this climb, but acclimatize in the parking lot first, leave earlier and be in better shape.
I did this hike with my husband a couple of weeks ago. Great hike with fabulous views of the Sierras. We were not able to drive all the way to the Barcroft gate due to snow on the road, so we ended up doing a 22 mile slog (roundtrip). It was pretty cold and very windy. We were exhausted by the time we got back to the car, but we had a great time.
Took advantage of the fact that I was working at the White Mountain Research Station and shaved 4 miles and a thousand feet off the round trip. It's a straightforward walk-up with no technical challenges at all. A real treat is to do it under a full moon as the elevation and lack of trees make for a tremendous amount of light when the moon is out. Another helpful tidbit... one weekend each year around Labor Day, the research station has an open house where they let you drive to the Barcroft Station at 12,500 feet. That allows you to shave off the 4 miles and 1000 feet on the trip. The only downside is it's very crowded that day and ranks low on the solitude front.
Cold the night before. Pleasant walk.
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.