Climb White Mountain Peak

White Mountain Trailhead

Climb California's third highest peak (14,252ft). This adventure requires no technical rock climbing skills and is a great introduction to high altitude hiking/alpinism.

Not surprisingly, White Mountain Peak is the apex of the White Mountains, which rise out of the desert floor just north of Death Valley. The White Mountains were aptly named as they are frequently covered in snow.

The trailhead starts at 12,000ft and winds it's way over a few hills before the final push to the summit. There is a toilet at the trailhead - beyond that, plan ahead.

The trail is 7 miles one way with 2,000ft vertical elevation gain, thus if this is your first attempt at high altitude hiking, plan ahead and leave your self plenty of time to complete the trip. Depending on your fitness level, the hike can take between 4-8hrs. At such high altitudes the weather can quickly change, so be sure to bring the proper amount of water, food, and clothing.

Getting there: The road to White Mountain Peak begins in Big Pine, CA. Take 168 E up into the mountains, and after approx 13 mi you will turn left onto the White Mountain Road. The road winds and traverses the spine on the White Mountains until reaching the trailhead. The road becomes gravel approx. 6 miles up; 4x4 is highly recommended. In the winter the road becomes impassable.

Pack List

  • Water is essential, plan on at least 2-3L per person
  • Food and snack
  • Layers - it can get chilly even in the summer
  • Sunscreen - the sun can be incredibly powerful at such high altitudes
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RT Distance 14 Miles
Elevation Gain 2000 Feet
Activities Chillin, Camping, Photography, Backpacking, Hiking
Skill Level Advanced
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Forest
Scenic
Wildlife

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Summer Ascend

Stopped at Barcroft research station for the nights (unfortunately not accessible for tourist hikers). Best stars in the entire world!! Straightforward and picturesque hike in August.

Easy High Elevation Hike

Hiked White Mountain this past weekend. Windy and beautiful. The entire 14 miles is on a jeep trail with very little scree making it an easier 14er. I started at 8:15 and made it back by 4:00pm with about 30 mins at the top. I also saw several mountain bikers doing this!

Tundra

For me, Mt. Whitney was a breeze compared to this. Attitude hit me good here. Be prepared. Have never seen so much beauty in such emptiness and blankness.


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