Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2018-10-04

Climber: Rafee Memon

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Thursday, October 4, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

I was looking to make the most out of my rental SUV on my week-long trip to the Eastern Sierra. I already had two horrible dirt road drives to Bloody and Split Mountains under my belt from earlier in the week. White Mountain Peak is in a location that is entirely inconvenient unless spending an extended amount of time in the east, and perhaps not exciting enough to warrant a trip of its own; but maybe that is just my bias towards the Sierra showing. Nonetheless, it is a fourteener and an ultra, and since it fit the bill as a half-day warmup perfectly, I figured this was as good of a time as any to knock it out.

I left my motel in Independence around 5:00am and made my way east up the narrow and winding roads -- tedious but nothing that I'm not used to. The dirt road wasn't nearly as bad as the others earlier in the week, and I made it to the locked gate without issue a few minutes before sunrise. There were two other cars, both Subarus, in the lot. I watched the sky turn various shades of purple, pink, and orange over Mount Humphreys just west of Bishop. After taking many photos and bundling up, I made my way up the jeep road past the Barcroft Station and onward towards White Mountain Peak. Above about 13,000ft, there was a couple inches of fresh snow, and a set of footprints indicated that I wasn't the first hiker of the day. I summited at 9:35am and enjoyed the views as quickly as possible due to the cold wind. On my descent, the cloud cover steadily increased, which made the views from the long ridge more interesting. I returned to my car a few minutes after noon and drove south to Lone Pine to get a late lunch.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3301 ft / 1005 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3301 ft / 1005 m
    Round-Trip Distance:13.7 mi / 22 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2951 ft / 899 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2601 ft / 793 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Loss on way in:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:SE Face
    Start Trailhead:Locked Gate  11645 ft / 3549 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2951 ft / 899 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2601 ft / 793 m; Extra: 350 ft / 106m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:SE Face
    End Trailhead:Locked Gate  11645 ft / 3549 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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