Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2020-08-16

Climber: Scott Sharaga

Date:Sunday, August 16, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

3rd summit of White Mountain Peak. This time I took some friends from SAMO so they could get some training hiking a high-altitude peak before Mt. Whitney. We drove up from L.A. Saturday evening and arrived at the trailhead just before midnight, and set up camp real quick. I don't think I slept at all. We got up at 5 AM and started on the trail just after 6 AM. Made it to the summit just before noon. On the way back, some thunderstorms developed as we neared the Barcroft Research Station. It was scary, as we were totally exposed up there on the windswept plateau. As we got back to the trailhead, it started pouring and hail (graupel) fell on us. Meanwhile, in the Owens Valley below, it was about 100 degrees. Camped at Sage Flat above Big Pine that evening.

We saw plenty of marmots, bighorn sheep, and Campito, the lone horse of the White Mountains.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2546 ft / 776 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14 mi / 22.5 km
    Route:White Mountain Peak Trail
    Trailhead:White Mountain Peak trailhead  11700 ft / 3566 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Thunderstorm, Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy

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