Easy access, fantastic views, and unique scenery.
Near: Big Pine, CA
Distance: 15 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 3300 ft
Hike Time: 8 hours
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
Hike Type: Out and Back
Summary: White Mountain Peak is the third highest mountain peak in California at an elevation of 14,246′. It also houses the highest research facility in North America. As 14’ers go, it is probably one of the easier peaks to summit, due mainly to the 7-mile “road” that leads nearly to the summit. But don’t let the road fool you, this hike is not to be taken lightly. Bring (and use) plenty of sunscreens and be sure to drink plenty of water. And as always, don’t forget that camera!!
From US Highway 395 in Big Pine, take Highway 168 northeast. Drive approximately 15 miles and take a left on White Mountain Road. Drive north another 22 miles, passing the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest until the road ends at a locked gate. That’s the trailhead. Park your car in the clearing, making sure you don’t block the gate. (Lat:37.53333 Lon:-118.26667)