CA - White Mountain Peak

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CA - White Mountain Peak

Post by Gary Neben » Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:07 pm


White Mountain Peak 14246

Date: 2017/09/16
Start/End Loc: White Mountain TH, end of dirt road at gate
Distance/Elevation: 15.1 miles RT/3327 feet elevation gain
Start/End/Elapsed: 11:00 AM/4:00 PM/5 hrs

The White Mountains here offer some interesting sights. Besides White Mountain Peak the area is home to the oldest bristlecone pine groves in the world. There are short as well as long trails that wander through these groves. There is also a relatively new visitor center with baby bristlecones sprouting around its perimeter, due they think to the construction that disturbed the ground and some above average moisture.

Doing White Mountain Peak is straightforward - follow the road all the way to the summit! The one and only dirt road begins at the visitor center, Schulman Grove. This is a continuation of the paved road to this point, both called White Mountain Road. From the visitor center, it’s 11.5 miles to the Patriarch Grove turnoff on the right and 16 miles to the TH.

Or you can simply put White Mountain Peak into google maps. The dirt road is gated at the TH, only permitted Barcroft research vehicles are allowed beyond this point. There is ample parking and toilets at the TH. Cars can drive this road.

The road beyond the gate continues almost 2 miles to the research facility, climbs somewhat to an old observatory, then meanders the rest of the way to the summit. The last ½ mile of road is rocky. If you can get here with a mountain bike that would be a great way to do this peak.

The Methuselah Tree, a bristlecone pine almost 5000 years old, is located in the Schulman Grove but is not marked so that people won’t disturb it. The world’s largest bristlecone pine, the Patriarch Tree, is in the Patriarch Grove and is clearly marked.

Following are photos and GPS tracks for White Mountain Peak, but I didn’t bother including area shots since the visibility was so bad from the fires.
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Re: CA - White Mountain Peak

Post by JBE » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:57 am


CO, CA, UT...
You are leaving your DNA all over the country... that should be illegal.
Which stories will you tell your grand kids?

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Re: CA - White Mountain Peak

Post by Gary Neben » Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:51 pm


JBE wrote:
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:57 am
CO, CA, UT...
You are leaving your DNA all over the country... that should be illegal.
Which stories will you tell your grand kids?
That their granddad and grandma lived life ... as should they!

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