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.
Talk about your wind! 20-30 mph from the west and 34 degrees - non-stop - made for a test of will. With Brent & Dave. Greg persevered to 13,000' and stopped the madness for himself. Otherwise a nice little adventure. IVD? Of course!
Took advantage of open gate day to Barcroft, but drove from Nevada that day, so didn't start until noon. Kids (age 1 and 2) got to ~13k. elev. Wife took them back to the car cause it was nap time.
Complete West Ridge completed solo as a 16 hour dayhike. What a majestic, monstrous ridge with 10,000 ft. of gain....wild with sustained knife edge and route obstacles in winter starting at or just below the 13,000 ft. level. as I did not bring ice axe or crampons, and wore running shoes, I had to do some 4th class climbing to get around some steep and exposed snow traverses.
Ice cold winds at the summit and just below it. What a beautiful expansive view of winter atop the white mountain summit. It is such a privilege to summit these peaks in winter, they have such a desolate and abandoned feel.
Absolutely brutal...and it seemed like ages to get down the final 4,000 ft.
A snow drift blocked the road about 3 miles before the gate so it was 10 miles up and 10 miles back on a short autumn day. Beautiful colors of red, white, brown, and black on the main summit massif. Wow. Everyone says what a yawner this peak is. Not so, definitely worth the time and effort.
I drove up to the gate after hiking Split Mtn. It took forever in a Hyundai Tiburon, but I made it. I found a spot to sleep in the ditch next to the trail. I woke up and headed out before 5:00 a.m. Nice peaceful walk up to the top by my lonesome for my 8th 14'er.
The worst part of the whole climb is the road getting in. I had 2 car sick passengers. The up and down is a bit challenging, but all in all there were smiles all around
camped at the gate. biked to the summit next day
Clear skies and a little wind, made for a nice day. The sierra Nevada looked pretty awesome from the summit. Started at 8:28 a.m. Bacroft trail head to the top and back in a little under 5 & 1/2 hours. Ran for about 4 of the 14 miles.
With plenty of snow and a strong, never ending wind we made it up to the top of this giant.
What a surreal landscape! The views on Sierra Nevada & the desert are fantastic.
We loved it.
A recent snow storm let this peak live up to its monicker. The downside was that the jeep road accumulated snow drifts so a lot of cross country snow slogging.