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Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2016-09-04

Climber: Jerry Thomas

Others in Party:David Morrow
Brenda Morrow
Bruce Baird
Date:Sunday, September 4, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

Three of us booked hotels in Bishop. We left the hotel at 5am and drove up highway 168 to the White Mountain Road. We picked up the fourth in our party at Grandview Campground. We drove to the Bancroft gate which is 2 miles from the Univ. of Cal. Research Station at 12400 ft. Usually this gate is closed but it is opened two days out of the year on Labor Day Weekend. We arrived at the gate around 6:30am. This was the time it was supposed to be opened. It was already opened and we drove up to the research station. You really need a high clearance vehicle for this road. I have a Nissan Xterra and I didn't have to put it into 4 wheel drive but the large tires and high clearance really helped. We arrived at the research station around 7am and the parking area was almost completely filled. So, if you want to shorten this hike by doing it during the two days per year when the gate is open make sure to arrive at the gate by 6:30am or you will have to park outside the gate anyway. We started hiking around 7:20am. There is a jeep track from the research station all the way to the summit. This was the easiest 14er that I have ever done. It took us 3 hours and 40 minutes to summit but I was walking very slowly due to others in my party that were not fit. I would call it a very leisurely pace. The pace down was very leisurely as well. If you are fit you could actually run up to the peak or ride a mountain bike. Make sure to acclimatize. We saw a group almost carrying down a young asian lady who obviously was suffering from altitude sickness.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2684 ft / 817 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2684 ft / 817 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.3 mi / 18.2 km
    Grade/Class:class 1 trail
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Cold, Windy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2257 ft / 687 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1803 ft / 550 m; Extra: 454 ft / 138m
    Loss on way in:454 ft / 138 m
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.2 km
    Route:jeep trail
    Start Trailhead:University of Cal Research Facility  12443 ft / 3792 m
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2230 ft / 679 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1803 ft / 550 m; Extra: 427 ft / 130m
    Gain on way out:427 ft / 130 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:jeep trail
    End Trailhead:Research Facility  12443 ft / 3792 m
    Time:3 Hours 48 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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