Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2016-08-13

Climber: Ray Thompson

Others in Party:Mac Alliston
Date:Saturday, August 13, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

Our nephew, Mac Alliston, had an internship with Lockheed Martin in Redondo and spent the summer of 2016 living with us. As such Mac was both available and kind enough to join me for the walk up White Mtn Peak. We drove up to Bishop on Mac's off 9/80 Friday and checked into the Super 8 Hotel there. The next morning the hotel desk clerk put us onto Hing's Donuts for breakfast - an excellent suggestion and now a regular stop on trips to Bishop. The drive up White Mtn Road to the famous Locked Gate was as scenic and bumpy as advertised . . . and what's with that one randomly placed mile and half of pavement out in the middle of nowhere ? Got started from the gate a bit after 9:30AM and reached the summit at 1:45PM. The entire trail is well above the tree line so the summit is in sight pretty much the entire way once you've passed the UC research station. We saw two sets of Big Horn sheep on the way up. The views from the summit were totally awesome ! On the way down we had hoped to be able to slide over and tag the summit of Mt. Bancroft, too, but were just too tired to make that detour. Did see a third group of sheep however. Ate dinner that evening in Bishop at the Holy Smokes BBQ and made the drive back to Torrance the next morning.
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Mac and I at the top of White Mtn Peak (2016-08-13). Photo by Ray Thompson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2560 ft / 780 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15 mi / 24.1 km
    Route:White Mtn Road
    Trailhead:The Locked Gate  11686 ft / 3561 m
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Weather:Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 

Other Photos

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Fearless sheep . . . this guys were just yards from the trail (2016-08-13). Photo by Ray Thompson.
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