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White Mountain Peak Trail is a 11.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bishop, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.1 mi Elevation gain 2,657 ft Route type Out & Back

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From US Highway 395 in Big Pine, take Highway 168 north east. Drive approximately 15 miles and take a left on White Mountain Road. Drive north another 22 miles, passing the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest until the road ends at a locked gate.

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Abe G.
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Hiking

Tough, seemed more like 20 miles round trip. According to to Fit-Bit, atleast, thats it what it was. Nice views enroute and at the top. Last stretch was a challenging, oxigen deprivating 1 mile. Most of the trail was fairly level though, just brutally long. It was definately windy and cold at the top. Choose weather conditions wisely, you can suffer if you dont bring appropiate layers. There is a brutal 16 mile unpaved, gravelly road to get to the trailhead!!!. I would only recommend a a high clearance, adventure type vehicle(Subarus would do) although I got there on a prius, it was crazy, tough as hell. I averaged 5 mph getting there, a little faster out with lots of luck, no flats!!!...Definately check your spare tire, a tow truck there would cost you an arm and a leg...Try to plan carefully and come out before nightfall if you can. There are no water sources along the way unless you cout know. We had cell coverage at the top

Smita Katariya
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Hiking

my first 14er but found it quite challenging!

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India McFarlane
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Hiking

The road to get to the trailhead is super rough!! It took us 2 hours on the dirt road because we were being so slow and careful. The hike is nice and the landscape is very unique. Loved the view at the top. We recorded 15 miles, not 11.1 and we started from the regular parking area. Another thing to note, a lot of the hike is around 13k feet so if you have altitude sickness you have to hike for a long time at around 13k and above before you really start to descend. We figured that out because one person in our group got really bad altitude sickness and we had to basically carry her down for like 2 hours before she started to feel better. Took us 7 hours round trip with the altitude trouble we ran into. Also the hike is super exposed, no shade at all. Cover up and wear a hat.

Jason G
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Hiking

Brutal, long drive off main road to get to parking area followed by a long hike before actually scaling a mountain. However, White is very beautiful and the views from the summit are spectacular!! No special gear needed but bring water and be acclimated ahead of time. Happy trails!

Caroline Hurabielle
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Summited 7/3, cold and windy but sunny: perfect weather to hike. Drive to the trail head by night with Nissan Murano 2WD and was just fine, took 1h on the dirt road and slept in our car for couple of hours Started the hike at 4am, enjoyed sunrise on the plateau and summited at 8am. Super beautiful hike, long road to get to the trail head but otherwise awesome day!!

Caroline Hurabielle
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Summited 7/3, cold and windy but sunny: perfect weather to hike. Drive to the trail head by night with Nissan Murano 2WD and was just fine, took 1h on the dirt road and slept in our car for couple of hours Started the hike at 4am, enjoyed sunrise on the plateau and summited at 8am. Super beautiful hike, long road to get to the trail head but otherwise awesome day!!

Peter Kehr
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Hiking

Completed 06/28. Only snow is a small 20 yard portion just below the top. Easily avoidable, no flotation needed. Great hike which is a superb foray into 14ers. Challenging hike but trail is easy to follow and no terrain to negotiate. It was EXTREMELY windy when we went up there (gusted to 60) but no exposure/cliffs to worry about. Bring a windbreaker and appropriate layers (at the top I had a puffy, fleece, gloves, hat) and you should be good. Two specific points. One, the road to the TH is totally doable in 2WD but is a bit rutted and washboarded. I personally wouldn’t bring a sedan up there but did see one in the parking lot, depends on your comfort with possible trail damage. Second, camping at the TH is possible but there’s zero tree cover. Would kinda suck if very windy. If you can sleep comfortably in your car, go for it. There’s also free NFS sites off the FSR roads before the Schulman grove that have fire rings, great views, and are lower altitude.

Bryan B.
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HikingNo shadeSnow

Completed on 6/21/20. There is still some snow covering portions of the switchbacks, but it can be avoided by taking a slight detour.

Ingrid Cassady
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Awesome views of the Sierras from The top. Some snow blocking the upper parts of the trail. This is a 15-mile total hike not 11 miles. Trail starts at 12000 feet and all hiking is basically done between 12000 feet and 14233 feet elevation.

Yelena I
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Ryan Short
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Lots of snow still. After you hit the research center you will be in snow a fair amount. Also, just a heads up to anyone looking to do this hike, there is still a spot on the way to the gate that is impassible due to snow. Many have attempted, all have failed. It’s also a tight spot in the road so you will have to reverse back down if you don’t make it. Because of this everyone is parking at the parking lot about 4 miles back. Make sure you account for this in your timing. Other than that, just be sure to plan on the weather because it can get very cold and windy.

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Philip Coultas
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Did this hike last year, the last weekend in July. With the whole trip being above tree-line you’re very exposed, but the trail is very obvious, basically being Jeep trail the whole way. The view from up top is quite amazing, with a rather expansive view of Owens Valley and the Sierra Nevadas, but the biggest failing of the description as given here is that the trailhead (locked gate, pit toilets) for most people under most situations is actually 2 miles farther away, so it’s actually more of a 15-16 mile trip than an 11 mile trip.

Morgan Bishop
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Hiking

My friend and I did this hike at the end of last year before hiking up Whitney. We drove up from L.A and did it in a day. It's not the easiest mountain to get to. The trail itself is easy and straight forward, but throw over 14,000 ft into the mix and it definitely made it tough with the elevation, especially without acclimating. Great hike to do as your first 14ner, as it's probably the "easiest" 14ner you can do, but still a 14ner and not a walk in the park.

Garrett Kendrick
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HikingRocky

Completed this hike on the one day of the year that the observatory was open. This allowed us to park at the observatory and reduced the hike to a 10 mile round trip. This was in September and it was in the 40’s near the summit around 1pm.

Brent Meyer
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HikingNo shade

10/14 Camped at trailhead. Was a lot cold we than I planned for overnight and when I started the hike at 3:45am (22 degrees). Wanted to get to peak by dawn but that was a little optimistic. Made it to switch backs to watch the sunrise and summited by 8:00am. Strenuous hike but well with it for my first 14er.

Holley Kline
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HikingNo shadeRocky

10/10 would recommend but be prepared to be dead from this hike! I'm in decent shape, but the altitude got to me - it took me 3 hrs to go up and 2.5 down. The hike is closer to 15 miles, like other users have said, due to the extra mileage from the locked gate to Barcroft Station (not on the recording). Beautiful, sweeping views and a small herd of bighorn sheep that don't mind people much make the long hike worth it!

Derek Smith
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Hiking

Took a night hike up to the summit on 9/26. This is just a walk up but the road is rough on the joints. Also, pretty sure it’s more like 14-15 miles RT from the gate, not 11.1.

Midori Wada
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Chris Tramonte
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Hiking

Barcroft station is definitely the halfway point! Enjoy!

Adam Heimendinger
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Beautiful views with moderate slopes. This may be the easiest of the 14ers but it is by no means the easiest to access. Reaching the Locked gate requires an off-road vehicle and focused driving. Definitely would not recommend leaving or arriving in the dark. Further, this will get you high altitudes but it is a poor mountain to acclimatize on. The trail starts at ~12,000 feet and only gains another 2,000. If AMS sets in, you’ll spend several hours returning to a safe altitude. Other than the reachability and elevation though, White Mountain is a fun hike.

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