Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2018-10-22

Climber: Bradley R

Date:Monday, October 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

How I chose this peak: I had a week of vacation left and found cheap tickets to Las Vegas. White Mountain Peak is an ultra 14er, putting it high on my list.

The drive: I placed White Mountain Rd, California 93514 into Google Maps and followed. I continued a short distance after directions ended to get to the locked gate. The last 15+ miles is on a decent gravel road. I think I averaged around 25 mph in my rental Jeep Renegade. I really don't think AWD or high clearance are necessary. A lower clearance vehicle would probably need to travel more slowly. Most trip reports I had seen made me believe the road was worse than it was, maybe it had just been worked on?

The hike: It's straightforward, walk around the gate and follow the road to the top. It's a little more than 7.5 miles to the top. At 2 miles I passed the Barcroft weather station. Early on there were clouds, but views were open. At 5.5 miles I started the final push up to the peak. The clouds began to sit down on the peak. Upon reaching the summit views were very limited. I signed the register and headed down. Not much later the clouds broke and mostly sunny conditions returned.
On the way down I met a guy named Sam. He suggested that if I could do this peak I could do Whitney, which I had mentioned I had a permit for the following Thursday. I had already decided otherwise, but he got me thinking about it again. I asked him about the bright light I'd been seeing in the distance all day, he pointed out that it was coming from solar power tower Tesla Solar Energy Project, Crescent Dunes. I continued down, the effects of altitude stronger than I had felt on similar trips. I began to struggle with my balance. This led me to choose to stay with my original plan.
I returned to my car, a little more than 8 hours of hiking. For a while (30 minutes) I was okay driving to my hotel in Tonopah, but then a severe headache, that ibuprofen couldn't seem to help, set in and I couldn't focus on the road. I pulled of and slept for a short time. I woke up and drove on, but still struggled with focus, was happy to get to my hotel. Planning Arc Dome and Mount Jefferson (NV) for Wednesday and Thursday, which one first is undecided. Mount Whitney will have to wait for another trip.

It was a beautiful hike. Glad I had the opportunity to do it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2560 ft / 780 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2560 ft / 780 m
    Round-Trip Distance:15.1 mi / 24.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly back to partly cloudy. a few snow flakes. right around freezing. light breeze.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2560 ft / 780 m
    Distance:7.6 mi / 12.3 km
    Route:White Mountain Rd
    Start Trailhead:White Mountain Rd./Locked Gate  11686 ft / 3561 m
    Time:4 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2560 ft / 780 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:White Mountain Rd
    End Trailhead:White Mountain Rd./Locked Gate  11686 ft / 3561 m
    Time:3 Hours 44 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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