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