Ascent of White Mountain Peak on 2014-06-25

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Shannon Dillmore -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:White Mountain Peak
    Elevation:14246 ft / 4342 m

Ascent Trip Report

After Alan's Boundary Peak ascent (which I sit out due to a minor foot problem) we have dinner in Bishop then drive to Schulman Grove.

Note: our Garmin SatNavs recommended a route north out of Bishop on Silver Canyon Road. However, research online indicated this route is not driveable, except perhaps by robust 4x4. We therefore head south on US6, take the 395 then the 168, then White Mountain Road to Schulman Grove where the paved road ends.

In the morning we're joined by Shannon Dillmore - he's just flown in from North Carolina and this is his rather brutal acclimatisation plan for Whitney! We drive in his RAV4 SUV up the dirt road to Barcroft Gate (N37.55780 W118.23610, 3560m). The road is in reasonable condition and our Corolla could have handled it easily enough.

We hike at 08:23, following the road, soon passing the Research Station (N37.58321 W118.23693) with its flock of sheep(!). The road zigzags up and crosses a saddle with a fine view of our peak. The road makes to climb over a shoulder but we shortcut to the saddle on grass and a stable boulder field. The trail, no longer really a viable road, now zigzags steeply up, becoming rocky. Rugged ground opens up below to our right - in contrast with the undulating landscape we've been passing through.

We make frequent stops to acclimatise, and travel at a very steady pace, mindful of Whitney tomorrow.

We are at the summit in 5h23. The highest point is a cairn (N37.63411 W118.25571, 4341m) on boulders at the back of a small building. There is a trig plaque in a large flat boulder close to the cairn. The summit register is in a large box at the front of the building. Views are pretty good albeit hazy: we can barely see Whitney 60 miles to the south.

There's a rather insignificant point just below the summit: the White Mountains Wilderness highpoint. This is a fairly easy, somewhat loose scramble a short way down a ridge, given as 14,100ft. A small rocky promontory at N37.63347 W118.25672 seems to have about the right GPS elevation.

On the way down Alan and I visit the rocky summit at N37.62278 W118.23508 (4028, granite blocks) and the more significant Mount Barcroft (N37.58230 W118.24833, 3980m, boulders, register), while Shannon, who only flew in last night, stays with the main trail. We finish this very useful acclimatisation hike in a suitably leisurely 9hrs round trip.

We have dinner in Big Pine then find a motel in Independence (the tiny County seat) and are in bed early with alarms set for 4am ready to tackle Mount Whitney in the morning.

White Mountain Peak photo album
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 974 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3200 ft / 974 m
    Round-Trip Distance:14.4 mi / 23.2 km
    Grade/Class:YDS 1
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2544 ft / 775 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2446 ft / 746 m; Extra: 98 ft / 29m
    Loss on way in:98 ft / 29 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Barcroft Gate  11800 ft / 3596 m
    Time:5 Hours 23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3102 ft / 945 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2446 ft / 746 m; Extra: 656 ft / 199m
    Gain on way out:656 ft / 199 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    End Trailhead:Barcroft Gate  11800 ft / 3596 m
    Time:3 Hours 20 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Rob Woodall
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