A beautiful solo hike, with lots of alpine wildflowers. Freezing up top...I felt compelled to climb to the top of the building at the summit. I sat and stared at the great eastern escarpment of the Sierra...
Solo hike, after climbing Mt. Morrison. Impressive summit and Marmot/Coyote show.
Simple, easy 14er. Did it in shorts, down jacket, hat, gloves and trail runners. Got the oddest looks from people because I was in shorts, everyone made a comment. Wind was whipping but an easy up down. My buddy tagged along and got his first 14er so congratulations to him. Had fun but way too long.
Solely for "completion" purposes - hiked with Vendulka. Due to wildfires, views from the summit were very hazy. But bristlecone pines are awesome!
Got my first 14er on sunday September 4th Breathtaking! Did get to cheat a little. The Brancroft research center was having an open house so the gate was open which led to probably more than average visitors for one day. The bristlecones are awesome too. Plan to return!
Took advantage of open gate day and hiked White Mountain. The view was lousy due to wind blown smoke. Good hike.
A long road to a very cold and windy summit. The views were impressive, however, the hike itself was tedious.
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.