Here is a rough outline for our White Mountain Peak hike, scheduled for July 11-12. More details to come…
|July 11 (Saturday)
- 8:00 AM
- Drive to Bishop (4 hrs, 250 miles)
- 12:00 PM
- In Bishop
- White Mountain Ranger Station – pick up Fire Permit, get latest road conditions
- Eat lunch
- Fill up with gas
- 1:00 PM
- Drive to Barcroft Gate (2 hrs)
- 4:00 PM
- Optional Afternoon Hike
- Mt. Barcroft
- Distance: 5.5 miles RT || Duration: ~ 2-3 hrs || Elevation Change: ±1040′ || ?.?% average incline || Max Elevation: 13,040′ ||
July 12 (Sunday)
- 12 AM (Wake up – 11:30 PM?)
- Hike to White Mountain Peak for sunrise (05:40 am)
- Distance: 14 miles RT || Duration: ~ 8 hrs || Elevation Change: ±2550′ || 6.4% average incline || Max Elevation: 14,252′ || Difficulty: Very Strenuous(elevation)
- Notes: first 5.25 miles < 5%, last 2.25 miles to summit is 10%
- 5:00 AM
- Arrive on summit, eat breakfast, take pics
- 6:00 AM
- 9:00 AM
- Arrive back at camp, pack up
- 10:00 AM
- 11:00 AM
The weather in the The White Mountains of California and Nevada can be erratic.
Here are the current conditions for some of the areas we will be visiting:
and some forecasts:
- White Mountain Peak: NOAA
- Barcroft Gate (TH/campsite): NOAA
Bring clothing that can keep you comfortable in temperatures ranging from 20° to 70°. This is what I plan to wear/carry for the White Mountain Peak summit attempt.
Shelter & Sleep System
I will a 4 person tent for the group. Everyone is responsible for their own sleep system
- Sleeping bag, rate for 20°
Since we’re car camping, you can bring an extra blanket to supplement your sleeping bag if needed
- Sleeping Pad
I am will bring some moving blankets for another layer of protection from the ground.
We’re car camping – you might as well be comfortable.
First Aid/Emergency Kit
I will carry a large first-aid kit for the group. Each individual should carry the following:
I will print out a index card sized map for everyone
- Sun Protection
You don’t want to forget sunscreen, chapstick and sunglasses for this hike
- Headlamp or Flashlight
Much of the hiking will be in the dark
- Emergency Shelter
I prefer an SOL Emergency Bivvy over a space blanket, but either will work
If large enough, can also be used as a pack cover. Not necessary if your jacket is waterproof
Emergency water purification (tablets or iodine)
In case you get separated from the group (not likely)
- Toilet Paper
- Small first-aid kit for personal use.
Items may include:
Everyone will be responsible for bringing their own food. Here is what I’m thinking:
||bring something to eat in the car or we will stop for fast-food on the drive
||Schat’s Bakery in Bishop
||Cook @ Camp. I will probably bring Ramen.
||Eaten on trail. I will bring granola with powdered milk or granola bars
||we can stop in Lone Pine
Based on that info, hikers will be responsible for 1 dinner to be prepared at camp, as well as breakfast & snacks for the day of the hike.
There isn’t any water on this trail, so we will need to be sure to leave Bishop with all of the water that we’ll need for this trip. For the hike itself, I will plan to carry 3 liters, drinking an additional liter before we leave camp the morning on our hike.