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White Mountain Peak

Postby Vaca Russ » Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:57 am

TITLE: White Mountain Peak

GENERAL OVERVIEW: White Mountain Peak is the third highest peak in California. It is the highest point in the White Mountains, the giants hiding behind the Sierra in the desert north of Death Valley. It is the 14th most topographically prominent mountain in the lower 48 states. It is probably one of the easier peaks to summit.


LOCATION: The White Mountains Wilderness is a 229,993 acre wilderness and is jointly administered by the Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop and Ridgecrest Field Offices. HST Map

ELEVATION: 14,246 feet

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): USGS WHITE MOUNTAIN PEAK Quad, California, Topographic Map

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: The trailhead is at the locked Barcroft gate on the road to the White Mountain Research Center. Follow this 7 mile long 4 WD road past the research center all the way to the summit.


1Peak from Owens Valley.JPG
This is from Highway 395
1Peak from Owens Valley.JPG (32.32 KiB) Viewed 188 times

2Road to Peak.JPG
Take this dirty, dusty road
2Road to Peak.JPG (35.8 KiB) Viewed 188 times

3Locked Gate.JPG
7.1 mile hike from this point
3Locked Gate.JPG (41.33 KiB) Viewed 187 times

4Research Center.JPG
They have got Sheep!
4Research Center.JPG (34.62 KiB) Viewed 187 times

They skies are very clear at night
5Observatory.JPG (36.04 KiB) Viewed 189 times

6Sarah on Road to Peak.JPG
This route is popular for mountain bikers
6Sarah on Road to Peak.JPG (35.83 KiB) Viewed 189 times

7Summit Lab on Peak.JPG
Wilderness sign
7Summit Lab on Peak.JPG (40.56 KiB) Viewed 190 times

8Final Switchbacks.JPG
There are about 16 switchbacks to the summit
8Final Switchbacks.JPG (45.75 KiB) Viewed 187 times

9 Sport and Riley at Summit Lab.JPG
"Sport" likes the altitude
9 Sport and Riley at Summit Lab.JPG (38.49 KiB) Viewed 187 times

10Chalfant Valley.JPG
Center pivot irrigation
10Chalfant Valley.JPG (34.3 KiB) Viewed 187 times


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Re: White Mountain Peak

Postby Rockchucker » Mon Jun 10, 2013 3:10 pm

Thanks for the great report. I was up on the backside of white mnt last 2 weeks ago, we hiked Indian creek to chatovich flats.
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