Easy access, fantastic views, and unique scenery.

Near: Big Pine, CA

Distance: 15 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 3300 ft

Hike Time: 8 hours

Difficulty: Strenuous

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!!

++ Hiking Clothing Guide


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)