Red rock vista, south from White Mtn.
That's right, another White Mountain. This one is in the Sonora Pass Area
. Not to be confused with White Mountain
on the Sierra crest north of Tioga Pass or White Mountain Peak
the 14er that tops the White Mountains across Owens Valley from the Eastern Sierra.
White Mountain is essentially a big west sloping north/south ridge about 2 miles east of the Sierra crest a few miles north of Sonora Pass. It's one of the highest peaks in the area. Only Leavitt Peak
and Sonora Peak
are higher. It has 3 easy walk-up summits. The highest is the north summit. The east face is glaciated and steeper but has a northeast and a southeast ridge that look fairly easy. Passing between Sonora Peak and White Mountain the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) offers easy access to the peak's southwest slope.
Sonora Peak east slope FROM SONORA PASS
: From the town of Sonora in the Sierra foothills take Hwy. 108 approximately 60 miles east to Sonora Pass. From the junction of Hwy. 395 eastern Sierra, go west 15 miles on Hwy. 108 to Sonora Pass. Take the PCT north as it climbs around the east side of Sonora Peak and comes to a saddle between Sonora Peak and White Mountain (4 miles) at 10,260' just northwest of Wolf Creek Lake. From the saddle go northeast 1 mile up the forested southwest slope to the south summit (11,324). Follow the ridge .5 miles to the middle summit (11,345') and .5 more miles to the main summit (11,398').
FROM SILVER CREEK MEADOWS
: From Sonora Pass go 11.2 miles east on Hwy. 108 to road 059 (a sign is posted SILVER CREEK ROAD PUBLIC ACCESS). From the juncton with Hwy 395 go west 4 miles to road 059. The road is .3 miles east of the Marine Corps training center. This 2wd road switchbacks up 3 miles and meets Road 060 which goes west. Stay on Silver Creek Road 3/4 mile to a fork. Fork left and drive 1 mile to roads end. This is at 8,600' in Silver Creek Meadows. The main peak is approximately 3 miles and 2,800' to the northwest via the northeast ridge which looks to be class 1-2. The south peak is about the same distance via the southeast ridge and looks to be class 1-2.
White Mtn. pano from the southwest, from the PCT
Hwy 108 gets quite steep as it approaches Sonora Pass from east or west with hairpin turns especially from the east. Not recommended for RVs or trailer trucks.
White Mountain is in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and no permits are required for day hiking. Permits are required for overnight camping. Permits can be obtained from the Bridgeport Ranger District
just south of Bridgeport on Hwy. 395, 760-932-7070, 8 am to 4:30 pm 7 days a week in the summer. Mon. through Fri. in winter. Or write: Cheryl Probert, District Ranger HC 62 box 1000 Bridgeport, Ca. 93517
Wolf Creek Lake from the base of White Mtn. west slope
CAMPGROUNDS IN THE VICINITY:
: 28 sites, el. 6000', along Hwy. 108 2.3 miles east of Dardenelles Resort and 2.7 miles west of Kennedy Meadows Road junction.
: 44 sites, 6,250' at start of Kennedy Meadows Road junction.
: 17 sites, 6,300', .5 miles along the Kennedy Measdows Road.
: 7,950', along Hwy. 108, 4,7 miles east of Sonora Pass and 7.3 miles east of Hwy. 395.
: 23 sites, 6,800', along Hwy. 108, 1.4 miles west of Hwy. 395.