White Mountain Peak

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General Information

White Mountains are part of Inyo National forest. There is an extensive net of old jeep trails as well as multiple cross-country hiking opportunities.
Accessed by hwy 168b east from Big Pine, CA and then by White Mountain road.
Ancient bristlecone pine forest is another attraction.
Visitor center at Shulman Grove open 9-5 daily in summer.


Trailhead Name: White Mountain trailhead

Trailhead Description: Trailhead to climb White Mountain Peak (14,242 feet; 3rd highest in California. Directions: From Big Pine, take hwy 168 east, turn onto White Mountain road (paved up to Sherman grove, dirt afterwards). Park at closed gate.

Parking is available at this trailhead

Parking spots: 10

Parking is free at this trailhead

Access to trail is NOT wheelchair accessible

Restrooms available: YES

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

Route Name: White Mountain peak

Route Description: Non-technical climb to the top of White Mountain Peak. Start elev 11,600 feet, end elev (summit) 14,200 feet. Follow jeep road. 15 miles round trip (8-9 hours). Closed in winter. Get used to high altitude before attempting this hike. Great views from the top and along the trail.

Distance: 6.72

Total elevation gain: 2647

Total elevation loss: 240



Climate and Weather

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Elevation varies from 9500 to 14242 feet. In summer pleasant compared to nearby Owens valley. Though it is dry and can be windy. Have sun and wind protection.






Other Plants

Ancient Bristlecone Pines are considered to be oldest living things on earth, the Methuselah tree is thought to be 4700 years old.

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Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

Group Name: Hike Mammoth Lakes!

Group Description: wish to create hiking groups that will explore the Mammoth Lakes Basin area. Various established hiking trails from beginner to high altitude conditioned trail hound! Contact me on Twitter or Myspace @SierraJewel! Lets go hike!!!

Upcoming Hikes

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Past Hikes

Yosemite NP This Weekend! | 78.1 km away

Date: Friday, 6-24-2011

Description: There are 2, with 2 different days and times: Chilnualna Falls Friday AM; A rather uphill, 4 mile one-way hike to outrageous flowing water not normally seen in Yosemite, plus fishing for true "gems"...gorgeous, natural Rainbow trout in pools above the Falls. All "jewels" experience CPR: Catch, Photograph, and Release. Come Saturday: One of the best, best views in all of the Yosemite Valley area, without having to ascend Half Dome: Sentinel Dome instead! It's a 1.5 mile, quite easy-to-moderate-at-the-end stroll/hike...sssshhhhh! Keep this one close to you...so much worth the bit of effort!

Kings Canyon NP - Mist Falls | 60.7 km away

Date: Saturday, 7-2-2011

Description: Very popular trail. Great moderate hike. Raging river in early summer. Some great views. Proximity to river helps to keep you cool in usually hot and dry summer.

Kings Canyon NP - Don Cecil trail to Lookout Peak | 62.8 km away

Date: Sunday, 7-3-2011

Description: Strenuous climb on the north-facing side of the Kings Canyon

Kings Canyon NP - Zumwalt Meadow | 61.1 km away

Date: Monday, 7-4-2011

Description: Follow the nature trail around Zumwalt meadow.

White Mountain Peak Climb | 5.4 km away

Date: Friday, 8-5-2011

Description: High Altitude. Easy to follow jeep road.

Saturday Afternoon fun hike | 16.8 km away

Date: Saturday, 1-28-2012

Description: lets have some fun post lunch and explore the hot creek geothermal area and canyon. could possibly hike from the first driveway to the closed off hot springs area and back. Hike into canyon can be challenging! Better suited for kids 7+