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White Mountain -a California 14er

  • May 25, 2013 · 11:00 AM

What is a California 14er? California has 15 peaks that rise over 14,000 feet in elevation. White is considered the easiest of these. Please don't let the word "easiest" lull you into a misguided sense of optimism. The hike is 14 miles in length with a 3,000' elevation gain. At 14,000 feet, where the air is thinner, those miles will be a lot tougher. White Mt. is located east of Bishop in the White Mountain Range.

The plan: we will meet at Grandview Campground at 11am on Saturday. This is a primitive campground. That means the only amenities are flat spots and a grand view. We will spend the day visiting the Bristlecone Pine Fores (oldest living trees on the planet and becoming acclimated to the thin mountain air.

We'll spend the night at 8,000' which will help us with the hike the next day. I plan on leaving the TH (Barcroft Gate) at 7am. Depending on the fitness level of the group, the hike make take the better part of the day. Because it's Memorial Day weekend, some may choose to camp another night and do something the next day, while others will just head home.

RSVPs: Because of the challenging nature of this hike, everyone goes automatically to the waiting list. I will add you manually based on my knowledge of your hiking abilities. If I do not know you, please send me an email listing comprable hikes. If you do not already do 15-20 mile hikes regularly and have prior experience above 12,000', then this isn't the right hike for you.

Directions to Grandview Campground:

At Big Pine turn off from 395, go east on hwy168 (12.5 miles)

go past Cedar Flat Campground

Lft. on White Mt. Rd. (5 miles)

Find us at Grandview Campground at 11am.  We will set up camp and then head up to the Visitor's Center and the Bristlecone Pine forest for the afternoon.

Bring firewood if you have it. 

 

 

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  • Shannon

    :)

    June 14, 2013

  • David B.

    Thanks everyone for being you :) Great friends. Thanks Jill for organizing this. See U and Leslie on Mt Russell june 11. Dan said it right - there is no easy 14er just hard and harder!!! Steve Hylton is a beast for doing Mt Barcroft 13,045 ft also!!! It looked massive when I was tired coming back down. Good Job!

    May 27, 2013

  • Shannon

    Nice challenge, wonderful views, great company. Thank you for putting this together, Jill!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Dan J.

    And we can all agree, there is no easy 14-er in CA, just hard and harder!

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Excellent group of hikers to spend the weekend with. White was prettier than I expected. Maybe "grander" is a better word for it.

    2 · May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike!! Just love the White Mtns, great people too!!!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Sam W.

    spectacular scenery up there...will have to go back again someday. Thanks wifey for organizing this..

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Brian B

    Great hiking/camping trip for the holiday weekend. Looking forward to more adventures.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Brian B

    Ahhhhh, a hot shower :-) Sorry If I used all the hot water in Southern California...hopefully there was some left for y'all LOL

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Thanks Jill! Hope you had keys! :-O

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • David B.

    I'm at the ranch house cafe in olancha eating lunch! I will be heading to grandview after!! Thanks Steve for the idea!!

    1 · May 25, 2013

    • David B.

      With Pics posted by Snow Nymph.

      May 25, 2013

  • Rafael M.

    Boo! I may have to stay home. My ex is fighting me over custody issues and I have my oldest with me unexpectedly all this week. White Mountain Peak is one of my favorites. I'll do it again someday. All is good. Enjoy the mountain friends. If I don't show up don't worry about me.

    May 24, 2013

    • Rafael M.

      Waaaaaaaa!

      1 · May 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ah man Rafael!! Will I ever get to hike with you ever again? Yeah it is a bummer hope all goes well. The White Mtns are calling, I must go.

      2 · May 24, 2013

  • Shannon

    Still planning on being up there at 11 Sat......will be in a blue Explorer looking for a variety of vehicles and their Kern owners, but avoiding chili cheese bread the day prior to a long hike :-)

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Rafael M.

    I plan on leaving Bakersfield at 5:00 AM on Saturday morning. I'll meet you all at the campground before or by 11:00 AM.

    1 · May 22, 2013

    • David B.

      6hrs hmmm you are going by schats bakery to eat :) Maybe we should meet there?? That place would love to see my car again. Since last time they left it on pallets. Don't ever park there all day... hehehe... They came out when I jumped off the curb into the street!!

      1 · May 24, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Camping at the TH is actually an interesting thought. since we need to bring our own water, the only difference I see is lack of outhouse - or is there one there? Could we pitch a tent at the TH or near?

    I've been to the Bristlecone before but never from the campground to the end of the road. Anyone here driven it, what's the REAL time to get from grandview to barcroft gate?

    May 22, 2013

    • Dan J.

      I wasn't actually planning on putting my tent on the road. :-)

      1 · May 24, 2013

    • David B.

      That road gives me nightmares just saying. Has great views!!! It just takes forever!!! 22 miles of bad road to be exact. Curvy washboard dirt road from the lower bristlecone all the way to the gate. It possibly could be smoother from the plow (speculated on 23rd) or hopefully a grader has touched it up after winter! I have car chains to get to the trail if needed.

      May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys,
    My ankle is still sore from when I rolled it during a hike last week. I don't think that it's a good idea for me to go on this trip. I am really dissappointed but I don't want to cause a further injury or slow the group down. I was really looking forward to this hike and hope to meet some of you soon on a different hike.

    May 24, 2013

  • Brian B

    I'll meet y'all at the Grandview campground Saturday by 11am to be there in time to check out the Bristcone Pine Forest. I'll be driving a silver BMW Z4 (aka low clearance vehicle).

    May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey everyone!
    I'll meet you all up at the campground on Saturday. I should get there between 12-3pm.

    May 23, 2013

  • Jill W.

    I'm driving a red Subarau Forester

    May 23, 2013

  • Jill W.

    As of Wednesday, the White Mt. Ranger did not know what the trail conditions were. How much snow will we encounter close to the top? I have no idea. I imagine it's consolidated and a gradual ascent. If any one has any insider info. please chime in.

    May 23, 2013

  • Jill W.

    I'm changing the TH departure time to 8am. The hike isn't that long and it gives us time to enjoy breakfast and drive that long dirt road up to the Barcroft gate.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Our plan to go up Friday night was overly ambitious. Sam, Leslie and I will be sticking with the original plan to go up Saturday morning. David (or anyone who thinks they may arrive at White earlier than use) , if you're still heading up Friday night, can you leave a note posted to a sign or kiosk ( not sure what Grandview has , but camp grounds typically have some sort of informational sign at the entrance) letting us know what camp site you're at. Also, what are you driving? I guess it goes without saying to try and pick a couple spots that accommodate a group this size. if you decide to stay at the TH, indicate this on the note you leave on sign at Graneview.
    Not sure if we'll have cell reception up there, so the note posted to the campground sign, may be our only way to communicate.

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My Plan: Leave Isabella at 4am, stop for breakfast at Ranch House Café in Olancha and then up to meet you all at the CG, hike around the Bristelcone Pines on Sat. then driving up to the TH and car camp in my truck to acclimate, wait for you all to show at the TH on Sunday, do White Mtn Pk first then I want to do Mt. Barcroft also.

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • David B.

    I will be going up on Friday after I get loaded up. I'm off work Friday. I plan to find you and sam somewhere or meet u? Help set up a camp and start getting excited. I will load up my car with wood :) Im excited about the lunar eclipse on sat may 25th. Im going to bring my big telescope. Sleep without a rain fly to watch the eclipse and wake up with friends and climb the 3rd tallest in Cali. EPIC

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It looks like it will be brisk at the top! Anyone keen to carpool?

    May 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I have to work Friday, so not until early saturday

      May 21, 2013

  • Shannon

    Sat at campground

    May 21, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Saturday at the campground, hopefully before dark. You could post a paper plate with campsite numbers at the front.

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Jill W.

    The ranger said the campground is expected to be busier than a typical weekend, but we should still be able to find a spot. If all else fails, we can drive the dirt roads and look for an unofficial camp spot. Sam and I may go up Friday night to increase our chances of securing sites for our group. We'll pick up Holly on our way through 178. By Thursday night, I'd like everyone to post whenand where they expect to meet us: Friday at the campground, Saturday at the campground, Sunday at the TH.

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Holly

    Talked with ranger up there today on the phone. He said they were planning to "run a blade" to clear snow on the 23rd. Dogs are also allowed.

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Any update on the snow drift on the road? Maybe someone should bring a shovel!

    So who is going to carry the grill so we can do a BBQ at the top?

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Brian B

    Grandview Campground is at N[masked] W[masked] & at an altitude of 8,562 ft for the GPS inclined folks in our group.

    Moon will rise on 25 May is 8:48pm and set at 6:16 the following morning. It will be approx 35% off the horizon providing great illumination.

    Coincidentally, on 25 May 1977 the original Star Wars movie opened in theatres. Even with the full moon, I may bring my telescope to check out the stars (last night the moon was 1/4 and there were thousands of stars visible from the summit of Mt Baldy).

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Yeah I forgot what phase the moon would be at. Yes, its a dry campground. Bring lots of water.

    May 19, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Here's the White Mt. Ranger station number:[masked]
    Everyone, please post helpful info here so we can all benefit from it.

    1 · May 19, 2013

  • Jill W.

    The Grandview Campground is free and does not require reservations. Even though it's Memorial Day weekend, I don't think we will have a problem getting a spot because:
    A.I think It's a bit early in the season for the masses to be heading up to 8,000'
    B.we won't have to compete with the star gazing crowd because we'll have a full moon

    2 · May 19, 2013

  • David B.

    Whats the name of the campground and whats a good spot. Anyone know?? I can go up Friday and set up camp or at least post details before everyone shows up. Can we book campsite online or is it free because there is no water up there??

    May 19, 2013

  • Dan J.

    Being a holiday weekend, what's the plan for anyone who gets up there SAT and the campground is full? It may have an overflo lot... can't remember. I know I will likely not get up there until ~ 7pm SAT.

    May 19, 2013

  • Holly

    Hi Jill, I'll check to see if dogs are allowed. Could I ride with you, or have you made other plans?

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiking an extra 8 miles is no problem for me, I will just meet you all up at the TH. Hey Jill I plan on doing Mt. Barcroft and probably another peak south of it also and of course hike around the Bristlecone Pines. I don't have any topo maps of this area so I hope I can find some way to obtain them or hike with someone who has them IF they are doing the other peaks with me.

    1 · May 9, 2013

    • David B.

      Steve I will have my new garmin 62stc digital map. It shows where the geos are exactly (: It shows where everything is. Its a great add for this year. It also has satellite imagery that can see us on the trail and we can see us on the screen. I havnt subscribed to it yet. But I will by then.

      May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awsome Dave! Glad your going on this one, I did go to My Topo.com and built my own topo its being shipped as we speak but your gadget will probably even better.

      1 · May 14, 2013

  • Dan J.

    I'd like to join, but I'm only about 50% sure I can do that day. Upto you Jill.

    May 9, 2013

  • Dan J.

    That campground is famous for star gazing, so keep that in mind for both A) other folks at night observing and B) yourself, if you have a scope to bring and are willing to stay up a bit late before a big hike.

    1 · May 9, 2013

  • Jill W.

    Update from a White Mt. ranger: snow is blocking the road 4 miles from the TH. If it's not gone by Memorial Day, we will be walking an extra 8 miles. Hopefully it will be gone :) The new visitor center will be open as of Memorial Day weekend so we can swing by there on Saturday.

    May 8, 2013

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