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White Mountain Road

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 4.5 (4)

A doubletrack access road up the 3rd highest peak in California.


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35.5

Miles

57.1

KM

Point to Point

14,236' 4,339 m

High

7,281' 2,219 m

Low

8,873' 2,705 m

Up

1,919' 585 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

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Description

White Mountain Road starts as a well-paved road as it ascends 3,000 feet to the Schulman Grove of the Ancient Bristlecone Forest.

From there, the dirt road continues 17 miles at high elevation with a lot (seriously) of ups and downs making for strenuous hiking.

The Barcroft Gate is reached after these 17 miles, and the final seven miles climbs to the peak at 14,246 feet, with a few relatively minor ups and downs in between.

This presents several options for the strong, acclimated hiker. Bring plenty of water (as there is none up there), and be ready for lots of sun, lots of wind, and lots of exposure. The top of the Whites offers nothing in the way of shelter.

The easiest would be to make the long drive out to the Barcroft Gate and do a 14-mile out-and-back from that point.

More sadistic hikers may want to start at the Schulman Grove and enjoy a 48-mile out-and-back with over 8,000 feet of climbing.

If you really hate yourself, don't bother with the initial paved 10 miles of road. Instead, start in Bishop at just over 4,000 feet, and climb up Silver Canyon Road, and turn left up for White Mountain Peak. With 60-some miles, over 13,000 feet of climbing, and pretty much nowhere to get water, this hike will make for a truly regrettable decision.

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Rick Ianniello

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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White Mountain Peak
Jul 16, 2019 near Dixon L…, CA

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Aug 22, 2021
Carl Hartenstein
My first 14'er! What a cool moonscape-like hike. Other-worldly. 15.5mi — 7h 39m
Jun 27, 2021
Daniel Karkoska
Lots of traffic on the hike; pretty sweet, sweeping views the majority of the way. The views, ease of 'route-finding' and access to training=great… 14mi — 6h 33m
Jul 14, 2019
JP T
I didn't hike the whole road, just from the gate to the summit. Long day, but this was my first 14'er. Great view from the top. 14mi — 9h 00m
Sep 4, 2016
Lisa Roach
Day hike with Mira, Mary, and Kathy. Stayed in Mammoth. 12mi — 12h 00m