White Mountain Peak

Big Pine, California 93513

White Mountain Peak

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"At 14, 246 feet above sea level, California’s third-highest peak offers the most extensive views of the Sierra Nevada and surrounding Great Basin of any spot on earth. White Mountain Peak does not require a permit and is an easier climb than its far more popular rival, Mount Whitney, the only other California "fourteener" with a maintained trail to its summit."

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100 Classic Hikes in Southern California (The Mountaineers Books)
Allen Riedel
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"The austere beauty of the White Mountains is dazzling. This landscape has a lunar eeriness, which is pronounced by its makeup of multicolored rock piled on more rock. The area is home to wildflowers, bees, all sorts of rodents, and bighorn sheep. The Sierra Nevada sparkles across the Owens Valley, and once you start gaining views into Nevada, the panoramic tableau is unobstructed for hundreds of miles. There is a tangible tranquility in the White Mountains; it is impossible not to be affected by the mountains’ serenity and stark magnificence."

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I hike this mountain every year with my husband. Last year we were treated to a herd of Big Horn just off of the trail! It is strenuous but probably the easiest 14'er around.
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Trail Information

Big Pine
Nearby City
3,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
8 to 9 hours.
Mid-June through October. Avoid in stormy weather, which can occur throughout summer.
Inyo National Forest, White Mountain Ranger Station
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Barcroft, Juniper Mountain, White Mountain Peak.
Local Maps

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