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Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2013-06-18

Climber: Vic Hanson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Motorcycle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Bishop I went to Big Pine, then took CA 186 to White Mountain Rd to Grand View Camp Ground on Sunday night. I was planning on going up White the next day but got up late and then took awhile to get ready so decided to just go to the Ancient Bristlecone Forest and see that. On Tueday I got up a bit earlier and rode my dual sport up to the trailhead, started hiking at 9:25. I hate road walking so was tempted to go around the locked gate but resisted the temptation. After going through the research facility, I could see people ahead of me on the trail. I talked with them for awhile after catching up to them, and then went on ahead. Another temptation was to take a shortcut by traversing the next hill as the road is obvious below and to the left of the hill, but didn't see any use trail so again resisted temptation and stuck to the road. After a snack on the top of that hill I continued down to the saddle and began the final climb. By this time I was very glad I didn't attempt this on my mountain bike as I had considered for awhile! Saw about 22 bighorn sheep on the switchbacks soon after that, they looked pretty scruffy. I reached the summit in 2:59 and the wind had picked up and was a bit chilly, but was able to sit in a doorway of the building there and have lunch and read the log some, spending 30 minutes on top. I was surprised at the numbers of people who have done the climb, I think there were about 30 ahead of me just for the month of June! I wanted to bag the Wilderness HP as well, but wasn't sure where it was. The peak to the SW was my guess but that looked like a rough scramble so I didn't attempt it (just checked on the map and see it is someplace on that peak or slope). I did go down via the NW peak, that the use trail skips, just in case that might be it. Just after that I met the ones I had passed on the way up, saw the sheep again on top of the hill, and then continued on down for a total trip time of 5:55. I did stop at the Methuselah Grove on the way down but decided not to hike the trail there so just took a few pics and rode back to the campground. The scenery was great, reminded me very much of the road to where I lived in Peru for 6 years, minus the alpacas, llamas and small stone huts of the herder families. The hike itself was a road walk, what more can I say. I really enjoyed the White Mountains, a beautiful and fascinating place. If I do it again, I think I would ride my motorcycle up the Silver Canyon Road from Hwy 6, NE of Bishop. It is a lot shorter, the signs say "High Clearance, 4x4 only" so sounds like a rough, steep road.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3466 ft / 1056 m
    Extra Gain:451 ft / 137 m
    Distance:15.2 mi / 24.5 km
    Route:trail/road
    Trailhead:White Mountain Peak TH, Barcroft gate  11682 ft / 3560 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 59 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:2 Hours 25 Minutes



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