Road bikes from the gate, but only made it about 3 miles. Dropped the bikes and continued the rest of the way. Large herd of Bighorns were hanging out near the summit.
Bikes helped a little on the return, but without shocks, it was a bumpy ride.
Suzi stayed in the trailer in Mammoth while Todd and I camped at Grandview for the night before the hike. Todd drove down Silver Canyon on the way back - fun.
Saw a pack of about 15 big horn sheep during the descent. Then as I about 1/4 mi from reaching the end of the trail it started hailing the size of marbles. I found shelter in a Porta Potty as I waited out the brunt of the storm. When I opened the door, the entire ground was covered in about 2" of hail and ice.
2 hour drive to gate from Bishop, the hike itself is straightforward, tagged Mt. Barcroft on the way down.
Along with an unnamed 13er and Barcroft, cold windy hike during the height of the Perseid Meteor shower.
There must have been nearly 100 people on their way up or down on this open-gate day. Camped at Grandview and then drove to the research station. Even so it took 3.5 hours to the summit. Totally clear day with some wind and a little smoke haze, but awesome views
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Started from Barcroft Gate. Very little snow until near the peak. 5 hours RT.
Easy hike but the altitude got to me at the switchbacks. My dog motivated me to the top. Pretty cool me and my dog got enjoy the summit. I don't think she had altitude sickness.
Boring slog turned interesting by the waves of rain/hail/graupel that rolled over. Cold, windy (of course) with a tasty beer on the summit with my sweet friend. CHECK!
Not a lick of snow on this dry September day. Climbed Mount Barcroft afterwards.
Drove up from Ventura with Mebo1126 and had a really nice hike. Lots of sunshine, not a cloud in the sky. Plenty of wind though! Lots of hikers for the Labor Day weekend but certainly not overwhelming. We left the research station at 7 am and reached the summit at 10:40. Road going in was pretty rough...
Enjoyed this 14er on a sunny but windy day. Was thankful that the gate was open. Though this was an "easy" 14er, I still wouldn't call it an easy hike.
Not surprisingly this is a very crowded mountain. I camped at the Barcroft gate and was up and moving before anyone else. I made the summit in less than three hours and hung out up there for an hour. Before heading down I scrambled down to the White Mountains wilderness area highpoint. I passed upwards of 50 people while hiking down. Also on the way down I made the sidetrip over to Mount Barcroft. This was my third 14er, Whitney and Shasta my other two.
Clear day. Summited with a group of six. Saw several bighorn sheep. Awesome views. Snow on the trail near summit.
Summitted with my oldest son Justin and his dog Aspen. We started at 4:30 to do most of the hike on the way up without the sun beating down on us, and summitted at 7:45. Good move! Was able to see a herd of Bighorn sheep right in the saddle before the summit. The ease of access, no need for permitting, and not having to share the trail with hundreds of other hikers makes this hike a no brainer. This is a day hiker's wet dream!
Perfect day, started 2:PM. Back to car at 8:15. 3 hours & 24 minutes from gate to summit. I went from sea level to summit of White Mountain so fast, I got altitude sickness. My GPS said almost 15 miles round trip. This should've been and easy hike but it turned out an absolute pain. The altitude sickness didn't hit me until I was on my way down, probably 4-5 miles to car. On top of it, on my way down to Bishop, I took the Silver Canyon Rd: very difficult, even going down, even on an SUV. I'll probably write a trip review for this just to tell the troubles I put myself through. But hey, I bagged a 14ner!
Barcroft gate to summit, with my Dad. Wonderful views! The White Mountains are quite an amazing place.
1st of my 2014 California 14ers. Encountered two herds of bighorn sheep. Two large snowfields blocked the road just below 14,000 feet. A use trail was developing.
We didn't encounter any scrambling. There's a trail all the way to the top from the Barcroft gate where we camped & started the hike.