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White Mountain in Inyo National Forest

White Mountain Peak is the 3rd highest peak in California at 14,256 ft, only lower than Mt. Whitney and Mt. Williamson. The trail starts at the lock gate at 11,630 ft, where most people park or camp to start this trek. This trail, all the way to the top, is an old Navy built road. The trail/road is completely above tree level and is exposed and often quit windy. The summit commands a spectacular view especially to the west, where the Sierra Nevada Mountains rise from across the Owens Valley.

Remember to bring plenty of water and sun screen. Weather can change quickly, so be prepared. You might consider camping at a lower campground in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest that is on the approach to the trail head. The camping at the locked gate has no facilities.

Additional information can be found at the USDA Forest Service

White Mountain
White Mountain

Trip Statistics

The Locked Gate Area
The Locked Gate Area

Elevation: Trailhead 11,630 Peak 14,256
Trail: 7.2 miles one way 2,626 elevation gain
Permits: Not required
Directions: From US 395 at Big Pine, take Highway 168 east to White Mountain Road. Turn left and follow White Mountain Road north 10.5 miles to Schulman Grove. Continue on White Mountain Road which becomes unpaved for another 16 mile to the locked gate.

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