White Mountain Peak

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White Mountain Peak is located northwest of the town of Bishop in the White Mountain range, home of the ancient bristlecone pine forest. The White Mountains parallel the eastern Sierra Nevada, separated by the Owens Valley. The view of the Sierra from the summit of White Mountain Peak is unparalleled.

The trailhead is at 12,000' at a locked gate. The 7-mile trail follows a road to the summit. Two miles up is the Barcroft Facility, a high-altitude research center. The summit is home to the normally unoccupied Summit Laboratory in a small stone structure.

Elevation (feet): 14,246
Elevation (meters): 4,342
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Great Basin Ranges
State: California
Latitude: 37.6344
Longitude: -118.255
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Reno, Nevada
Convenient Center: Bishop, California

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 58 trip reports for White Mountain Peak.

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  • Log #21314 - by David Buhl on June 18, 2008
    Very beautiful with constant panoramas of the Sierra Nevadas or views into Nevada or of the White Mountans. Not a difficult hike but it takes time as you do gain and loose elevation many times....
  • Log #20546 - by Herbert Cole on Dec 20, 2006
    This mountain is remote, high, and a great place to acclimatize for high altitude climbing. The primary route follows a dirt road past the Barcroft Lab and to the summit where there is a hut used for...
  • Log #19474 - by David Buhl on July 03, 2006
    The 7.5 mile trek up the mountain was quite strenuous mainly because of the altitude, but the trail itself was easy and nicely kept. I found that the 7.5 mile return trip was much more difficult than...
  • Log #10080 - by John Skowron on Sep 29, 2004
    Trip took longer than expected due to the poor condition of the road leading to the gate and the trails up/down/up/down/up characteristics. Expect to repeat a lot of altitude during the trip. On a...
  • Log #10081 - by mark king on Sep 23, 2004
    A buatiful high desert peak
  • Log #10082 - by Charles Wallasch on Sep 14, 2004
    Take a Mountain Bike! Only took 2:35 to get to the summit as opposed to the more normal 5 hours to hike up. 4:05 round trip with 20 minutes at summit. Long level section of trail is crazy without...
  • Log #10083 - by Harlan M. Reymont on Aug 29, 2004
    Even though the trail to the summit is on a well established jeep road, fitness and aclimatization are critical. Many people are turned back at 13,000 to 13,500 feet because of the thin air. The...
  • Log #10084 - by Powen on Aug 26, 2004
    Day 0: DC-LA-BigPine-BarcroftGate 1530: took off from San Fernando after visiting a customer 1930: pavement end. Need 40 minutes for next 17 miles 2010: reached Barcroft Gate, camped at open ground...
  • Log #10085 - by Brig Beatie on Aug 25, 2004
    This was a killer hike, being on the ridge and having awesome view of the peak and of the sierras and both valley to the left and right of the ridge. Fairly easy, as far as vertical feet. We started...
  • Log #10086 - by Shane McManus on Aug 20, 2004
    My first summit reached as I'm a beginner. Was a pretty tough experience for several reasons. Spent the night at the locked gate to acclimatize. The sky at night is amazing.
  • Log #10087 - by mandy on Aug 15, 2004
    We went up early and had a spectacular time. Views, flowers and a little hail on the way down. Easy hike on a rough road, slow go at the very top. Recommend spending a day acclimating at Grandview...
  • Log #10088 - by Fritz Ward on Aug 02, 2004
    What luck! My wife and I had picked the last weekend of July for our White Mountain trip months ago but a lack of preparation had us worried that 15 miles above 12,000ft was perhaps too much. Things...
  • Log #10089 - by Ed and Jonathan Jones on Aug 01, 2004
    Keep an eye open for the Big Horn sheep near the summit. Ed and Jonathan
  • Log #10090 - by Scott C. Boyd on July 25, 2004
    Great Hike, Longer than expected 5 hrs. up, then 2 1/2 hrs. down. Beautiful views, only myself and hiking partner, Mark Shoeffner, on the mountain that day-no other hikers!!!! We did Mt. Langley 3...
  • Log #10091 - by Bill Mertz on July 01, 2004
    Made it to the summit in 6 hours. My first fourteener. Dedicated the climb to my parents that died one year ago in 2003. This climb was done one my mother's birthday.
  • Log #10092 - by Robert Charles Altman on May 31, 2004
    Great hike/run up from Patriarch Grove fork. Snowing hard in morning and let up at about 10:30am. Lots of clouds and fog. Drifts over the road from Bancroft on up.
  • Log #10093 - by karen meagher on May 09, 2004
    my first 14er.. and it was done on a bike, ahh thats how it should be. Thankx Chris "the kid".
  • Log #10095 - by Bruce Labely on Nov 26, 2003
    Started hiking at 1 pm and summitted around 4:30 pm. Stayed about 45 min and got back to the trail head just before dark. Great hike look forward to doing it again.
  • Log #10096 - by Walt Ashby on Nov 26, 2003
    Rode my bike most of the way to the top and stashed it below the final switchback. Flew on my way back down to my car.
  • Log #10097 - by Mark Harlow on Oct 31, 20034 Stars
    Drove carefully in my Chrysler Sebring rental car along the 10 mile bumpy dirt track! Closed my eyes in parts thinking I was going to bottom out. However car passed the test and arrived at locked...
  • Log #10098 - by orian price on Oct 06, 2003
    2:30 to the top. interesting how the research station raises sheep to see how the hearts change in the unborn.
  • Log #10099 - by Rob Walker on Sep 30, 2003
    Left solo from the locked gate at 10:45AM, arrived at the summit around 3:00PM and back at the gate at 7:00PM. This is my first fourteener and I just turned 56 years young. Altitude knocked me around...
  • Log #10100 - by Joel on Sep 20, 2003
    It was a great day for hiking / climbing, drove up from the Bay the day before, not entirely sure what to expect. Slept in my car at the gate, got an early start (6:30). Summitted around 10:30,...
  • Log #10102 - by Robert Greene on Aug 17, 2003
    Engaged the mountain in a classic battle of man vs nature; just when it looked like man had won (through the infamous signing of the summit log), mountain staged a altitude-sickness enhanced...
  • Log #10103 - by Paul Fenwick on July 07, 2003
    Completed the journey in just under 5 hours(walk, push mtn bike, ride). For the story about the unicyclists that ride to the top, I doubt it. Unless there is another road that I did not see, most of...
  • Log #10104 - by Skip Post on Apr 03, 2003
    Very windy. Approached the peak from the east. Accessed Perry Aiken Creek from Hwy 266 in (Esmerelda County) Nevada. Long hike (verticle change nearly 11,000') up the creek's North Fork Canyon, then...
  • Log #10105 - by Jim Taylor on Jan 31, 2003
    1st time on White Mountain. My family (wife & 3 kids) camped near the gate @ 12,000'. I left very early and summitted around sunrise. Beautiful view of the Sierra Nevada.
  • Log #10106 - by Horry Alder on Nov 04, 2002
    Easy walk. The drive is the crux. Take a sturdy vehicle or be willing to beat up your car.
  • Log #10107 - by Chris Bielecki on Oct 19, 2002
    Since the road was closed, we approached from the "sparkplug" mine northwest of Bishop, west of the summit. Took 3 days total (2 nights), since there was ~8000' of gain. From camp at...
  • Log #10108 - by Don Caldwell on Oct 07, 2002
    9/13 - trail running and crow fly cross country 1:19 from Bancroft 10/6 - mostly snow from Bancroft 2:07 Spectacular warm day ..beautiful panorama of the Sierra with the early snow down to 8'000'
  • Log #10109 - by Cyd on Sep 08, 2002
    Cool hike..our first fourteener! Started at around 11am and got back to the car about 8 hours later. Trail was awesome. Looked like a moonscape.
  • Log #10110 - by Alex Ingersoll on Sep 01, 2002
    My partner & I had tried to climb White Mtn a few years before -- the day after driving up from sea level at San Francisco. The elevation nailed us though and we turned back before the final...
  • Log #10111 - by Bob Walton on Aug 12, 2002
    My sons Jon and Jeremy, Matt Stumpf and I hit the top at around 10:45 A.M. The day was mild and there was no wind. We saw many marmots, a bighorn sheep and a nesting golden eagle on the way up. The...
  • Log #10112 - by Tom Bristow on July 16, 2002
    Fired up my Stihl 044 chainsaw on the way, filled the truck up with 4,500 year old firewood. (just kidding) I made a late 1630 start by myself with gulf moisture threatening volatile conditions....
  • Log #10113 - by Barry Phillips on June 13, 2002
    White Mountain is a rewarding summit hike that can be done alone, in a single day. An excellent choice for people visitng the area with limited time and no overnight gear. Please consider these...
  • Log #10114 - by Gene Anzano on Dec 06, 2001
    We left the SF Bay Area around 6 p.m.-ish and drove through the night, and arrived and set-up camp at the Grandview campground by 3 a.m. Hit the main trail head by 10, took our time looking around,...
  • Log #10115 - by Joe aka Mtflyer on Oct 03, 2001
    Dayhiked White Mt on 7/28/01. Easy hike for a 14er. Great views and lots of marmots. See photos at my web site.
  • Log #10116 - by Nathan Hoover on Sep 06, 2001
    We had a group of 9, with 6 on unicycle. We spent the two previous nights at the Grandview campground, and hiked at Schulman Grove and rode at Patriarch Grove the day before. The weather was warm and...
  • Log #10117 - by Kelly Harriger on Sep 04, 2001
    We rode mountain bikes from the lower gate to the summit in a total time of about 2:10 hours, and just under an hour back with a quick stop at Barcroft center for some cookies at the open house. Then...
  • Log #10118 - by Tammy Kordic on Sep 03, 2001
    Keep altitude in mind and you'll enjoy this hike. The path was rocky but well marked. Snow was visible and the view was spectacular. We visited with Venture Crew #2, youth and adults.
  • Log #10119 - by Mike Ostby on Aug 30, 2001
    Nice day for a hike. 70 degrees plus on the summit. Another GREAT website to check out is www.summitpost.
  • Log #10120 - by David Springer on Aug 27, 2001
    Boy Scout Troop 438 (La Mirada, CA) put seven young men and six adult leaders on the summit. Our youngest hikers were 11 years old. We spent one night at Grandview campground (alt. 8600') then...
  • Log #10121 - by bill hohl on Aug 07, 2001
    I did a mountain bike ascent from the locked gate. Round trip time was about 4 hours, including about a half hour on top. About 25% was unrideable due to soft loose rock, especially near the top. A...
  • Log #10122 - by Robert Leonard on Aug 06, 2001
    I was part of a research study conducted at Barcroft in the early 90's. We were a group of about 4 that were up there for a month or so from UCSD. I summited MANY times. Built a Sauna at Barcroft,...
  • Log #10123 - by Mark on July 09, 2001
    Buddy and I took our wives. Camped at the campground 10-15 miles down the road. Drove to gate pre-dawn and drove to Barcroft Observatory (the one weekend when the gate's open). Enjoyed a leisurely...
  • Log #10124 - by Robert D. O'Keefe on June 25, 2001
    What else can I say ... but AWESOME ! This was my first 14K peak and it was everything I imagined and then some.
  • Log #10125 - by Phil Rhodes on Nov 09, 2000
    My most recent summiting of this unique mountain was with my wife and infant son. We took my son all the way to the summit in a jogging stroller. The jogging stroller worked well except in a few...
  • Log #10126 - by Mountain Goat on Nov 01, 2000
    Two other groups of two also turned back at about 13,000 feet that day. Bad weather and a late start resulted in our failed attempt. Also, cloud formations at the summit indicated that high winds...
  • Log #10127 - by Lynnette Royce on Sep 04, 2000
    A great hike and the views from the top are spectacular. We went on the only day of the year that the gate to Barcroft Station is open which made the hike about 4 miles shorter. The trail was...
  • Log #10128 - by John Travis on Aug 07, 2000
    This was the first fourteener I summited. Used the so called easy route from the barcroft gate. This climb was wonderful, there was no end to fantastic scenery to be enjoyed enroute. As easy as this...
  • Log #10129 - by Jerry Klatt on June 21, 2000
    Via the west ridge, between Jeffrey Mine and Milner Canyons. Very rugged ascent, approx 9000'. Rough trail up north side of Jeffrey Mine Canyon, from Jeffrey Mine, is probably best way to go. NO...
  • Log #10130 - by Jared & Will Sexty on May 25, 2000
    I wanted to climb in the palisades but my boots gave me bad heal blisters that couldn't be climbed with. Tenis shoes all the way to the top of this great mountain. Watch out for sheep!
  • Log #10131 - by Eric DeVroeg on May 24, 2000
    This peak provides a very unique natural environment, and it is definitely worth a visit to the bristlecone pine forest even if one does not desire to climb to the actual summit. The climb itself is...
  • Log #10132 - by Kirk Hess on Dec 20, 1999
    Lived up to its name for us. We got snowed on the whole way up. Wonderful white outs! Be prepared for anything. Great view of the clouds and the stone shelter that is locked on top.
  • Log #10133 - by Brent Harder on Dec 07, 1999
    A walk in the park! By far the easiest of all of California's 14,000'peaks! One day ascent with my climbing partner Nick Soleberg.
  • Log #10134 - by Brian Whitworth on July 31, 1999
    Anyone who wants to prepare for Whitney should consider a hike here first. There is a voluntary $2.00 fee, no reservations, and a conspicuous absence of tourists posing as hikers. There was space in...
  • Log #10135 - by michael gavaletz on July 06, 1999
    despite some altitude sickness-numbness and slight hallucinations-the peak was a nice climb. having only a road to walk on wasnt as challenging as other peaks also the wide open space before the...
  • Log #10136 - by Chris Francoeur on June 21, 1999
    One of the few 14er's that you can mountain bike to! Beautiful view with a little hike-a-bike at the end on account of the thin air and loose, rocky trail.