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.
Although the hike was on a fire road the altitude made it a challenge. Acclimating at Grandview CC really helped. There's a very serene beauty about the area. Really enjoyed the hike.
Started at 3:30pm, on foot alone, passed many exhusted folks along the way. At the summit I was surprised to find 2 SUV's parked, about 10 people were having a party! Lots of lightning and a growing storm. The partiers warned me about the dangers of lightning but denied me entrance to the "research station"-nice folks! Anyway I watched a fantastic sunset
over the Sierra and left the summit as the snow started to fly. Returned to the car at 10pm, wet, cold, tired, hungry and happy. This is a worthwhile summit. Go do it!!! PEACE
First 14er! It really was a great hike and I was very happy that i had spent the night befor at grandview camp (good aclimitization.) made it to the to in 4hr20min got back down in 3hr flat.
It was a rather cold and windy day. Started up in the afternoon and was just about the last person to reach the peak that day. Drove out shortly before sunset and climbed Cirque Peak the following day. This was my 3rd 14er. Did Whitney and Langley last year. This one was a bit more strenuous than I expected but was still easier than Whitney and Langley. Lack of aclimation didn't help.
Did White a few days after Glass Mtn to the NW. Very mild and pleasant on the summit.
Ran most of the roundtrip from the gate, in order to summit quickly and catch a plane home. The drive to the gate is almost as enjoyable as the climb itself!
Started from the Barcroft Lab parking lot on the only day the locked gate is open to the public each year. Thin air slowed me down near the summit, but low winds and relatively warm temperatures made for a pleasant day. Smoke from the fire in the southern Sierra severely limited visibility over the Owens Valley.
Full-moon hike from the locked gate... Moon was so bright, we did not even need our headlamps. Unfortunately as we reached the summit ridge it got terribly cold (~50mph below freezing winds), so we did not spend any time on the top and ran back down.
Will come back and do it again in warmer conditions!
Drive up can be half the fun. There was already some haze obscuring the summit view as one looked to the south. Could not see Williamson, but still a great view of the Palisades and North. No real snow left to speak of, but the marmots seem to be getting even bigger. I saw one the size of a bulldog. Good high altitude trail run ~4.25hrs CTC.
Summited on Mtn Bike, September 2004. Had to do a bit of pushing towards the top, but the bombing run down was more then worth it!
Made this climb after stove failure forced me to abandon a backpack trip in the Sierra Nevada. Made the hike suffering severe back pain. On the way up I met an old lady and young lady who had spent a very cold night on the summit. Saw mountain bike tracks on the final switchbacks - made me wish I had my bike!
After a hell of a time 4-wheeling (and back-tracking) in the rental car to find the right road to the gated parking lot (and praying they wouldn't make me pay for all the resulting scratches and dings, as I opted against the insurance for that kind of stuff!), I finally reached my goal. Right on par with most of my 14er ascents that summer, little sleep and acclimating was the order of the day (night). Left the gate @ 2.00 for a full-moon hike up to the summit. It was a beautiful, clear, moonlit hike up to the summit, but my lack of rest definitely had me feeling the altitude (which sucked). Reached the summit @ 5.30, in time to watch the sun rise. Even though it was the summer, at that time in the morning it was (literally) freezing-assed cold @ the summit- come prepared! Departed @ 6.00, watching the spreading sunrise on the Sierra (really cool). Got back to the car @ 9.20 & drove to Cottonwood Lakes trailhead to do Mt. Langley the next day.
9.15.'7: W ridge
3rd time's the charm! After having been turned around by poor planning/running out of water/thunderstorms & getting onto the wrong ridge, finally did it right! Arrived night prior from SF (summited 24hrs after being at sea level). Left truck at the base of the south spur (~5,500') at 6.30.
A HUGE amount of scree slogging & some ridge/tower 3rd-class traversing later, I stood atop WMP again! What a HUGE f$%&ing ridge!!! Summited at 14.23. Hung out at the summit, had a beer & chips, & enjoyed the phenomenal views & great weather. Took off again at 15.00.
Slog down looooooong & mostly uneventful, except for not finding the last portion down to the valley (couldn't find way in dark), & being forced to descend horrendous steep compacted dirt & rocks. Back at car at 21.30- car-to-car 15:00.
A few notes:
* being in CO (& summiting 3 14ers while there) for 1.5 weeks ending the Sunday prior to this trip helped with acclimatization immensely.
* If you want to do this route: MAKE SURE YOU'RE ACCLIMATIZED!; bring LOTS of water (5 quarts should suffice for most unless it's the hottest part of summer); start early!- not only to get you back sooner, but to make use of daylight on return, & so it's cooler while you're down lower on the mtn, before it becomes an inferno; make notes of landmarks on way up for descent!; bring hiking poles (at least if doing this in the summer)- they could well save you a sprained ankle or 2, & will definitely lessen the (great!) impact on your knees!
In my opinion, this mountain has the best view in the state. Where else can you see the entire high Sierra Crest from Langley to north of Whitney? We saw a bighorn sheep near the summit.
Boring and easy walk-up. Had this terrific dog follow us nearly up to the summit from the science compond. I plan on riding my mountain bike to the top in June 2003, from Olympia, WA as part of yet another a bike/climb trip.
Walked up from the locked gate with ScottyS in 2:10 with 2 inches of fresh snow on the trail. Most of it was melted by the time we got to the top. This is by far the easiest CA 14er to summit despite a hypoxic tourist's oxygen starved argument on the summit. For more info and pics, visit my White Mountain Peak page.
I took along my sleeping bag and stove and some dog food (for the dog). I just hung out all day meeting everybody, and watching the changing light on the Sierra. Great sunset, Awesome sunrise!
First 14er. Rode my bike up to 14,000, then hiked up to the summit over scree and snow. Amazing trip!
I biked up from the gate, which was really nice, except the last switchbacks up the summit really hurt. Has anybody ridden this? I resorted to pushing my bike... But the way down was awesome. After needing 21/2 hours for the way up, I blasted down in 45 min, I just love my Cannondale Jekyll :)
I saw about a dozen Bighorn Sheep and the weather was really nice and warm (late afternoon).
The next day, I biked Silver Canyon, I can't believe some people actually do this two trips in one day...