White Mountains

Big Pine, California

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The White Mountains lie parallel to the Sierra Nevada only 30 miles away, and are almost as high (White Mountain Peak is 14,246 feet; Mount Whitney is 14,494 feet). The White Mountains are more rounded than the Sierra, less glaciated, and have a vast alpine area reachable by auto. The range has great groves of bristlecone pines, the oldest living things on earth. Specialty birds: Resident—Chukar, Pinyon Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Juniper Titmouse, Pygmy Nuthatch, Rock Wren, Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Broad-tailed Hummingbird; Dusky and Gray Flycatchers; Plumbeous Vireo; Violet-green Swallow; Mountain Bluebird; Blackthroated Gray Warbler; Green-tailed Towhee; Brewer’s Sparrow; Blackheaded Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.

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"The White Mountains lie parallel to the Sierra Nevada only 30 miles away, and are almost as high (White Mountain Peak is 14,246 feet; Mount Whitney is 14,494 feet). The White Mountains are more rounded than the Sierra, less glaciated, and have a vast alpine area reachable by auto. The range has great groves of bristlecone pines, the oldest living things on earth. Specialty birds: Resident—Chukar, Pinyon Jay, Clark’s Nutcracker, Juniper Titmouse, Pygmy Nuthatch, Rock Wren, Cassin’s Finch. Summer—Broad-tailed Hummingbird; Dusky and Gray Flycatchers; Plumbeous Vireo; Violet-green Swallow; Mountain Bluebird; Blackthroated Gray Warbler; Green-tailed Towhee; Brewer’s Sparrow; Blackheaded Grosbeak; Lazuli Bunting This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Big Pine
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best Late spring through summer; the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is generally open from June to October (roads closed by snow in winter).
Local Contacts: White Mountain Ranger District.
Local Maps: DeLorme Northern California Atlas & Gazetteer.
Driving Directions: Directions to White Mountains

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May 2018