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.

Distance: 11.1 miles Elevation Gain: 2,657 feet 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 Brislecone Pine Forest until the road ends at a locked gate.

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7 days ago

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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rocky
2 months ago

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.

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2 months ago

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.

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3 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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.

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7 months ago

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!

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8 months ago

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.

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8 months ago

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8 months ago

Barcroft station is definitely the halfway point! Enjoy!

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rocky
8 months ago

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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8 months ago

The road is in good shape to the locked gate as of 9/1/19. The trail is pretty much dry except for a bit of snow that is easily avoidable near the summit. The fun thing about this mountain is the gain and loss in elevation on the approach. Most 14ers are like getting eaten by a shark, one big hill. This has the feeling of being eaten by piranhas as each smaller hill takes a bite out of you :) highly enjoyable route with big views. Have fun!

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rocky
8 months ago

Epic views & relatively easy 14er — I camped at the trailhead the night before to acclimate to the altitude, insane new moon stargazing left at dawn took 3.5 hours to reach the summit going a comfortable pace, took me 2 hrs and 40 mins to get down. The two uphill sections on the way back were the hardest. Chilly winds strong sun absolutely no shade or anything besides rocks. Final ascent rocky af. BTW my car is a Ford Focus w shit tires and I made it fine to trailhead just drive SLOW or risk a flat!! My first big solo summit!!!!

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8 months ago

What happened to the marmots? Ooh yeah good hike.

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8 months ago

Took the wife back so she can finish her unfinished hike a month ago. Arrived on Saturday 6 PM, camped out, can't sleep, got headache, took Tylenol, slowly heading up the peak with the wife comfortable pace and made it there to peak in 5 hours and got back to the car in another 4 hours.. So yeah, slow but surely to make it there. We were able to drive out of the dirt road before the sunset. I don't recommend driving that road at night. Beautiful day, mountains but the ground was less green than a month ago. Saw a cute marmot marking its territory, picture of the culprit will be uploaded. :-)

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9 months ago

I wanted to test myself at higher elevation before Mt. Whitney in a month. We slept at the trailhead and have never seen so many stars. Love this trail...easy to follow. As others have said, be mindful of having to climb again after coming back down! Overall from locked gate was 14.77 miles for me in just over 7 hours. Planning to do it one more time.

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9 months ago

Got an early start and watched the sunrise at the summit. The trail is very easy to follow and offers some amazing views.

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9 months ago

Great hike! Road's in good condition to get there too. Smaller cars could make it if they take it slow. Trail's in great shape. Small scramble at the summit to get around the snow. Views for days :)

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9 months ago

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