White Mountain Peak

White Mountain Peak, one of the highest drives in the USA

White Mountain Peak is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 4.344m (14,252ft) above the sea level, located in the White Mountains of Mono County. The peak is arguably California's easiest fourteener via jeep road. It's one of the highest roads of the USA.

Watch out for sudden loose-gravel breaks. This section of trail is not for the faint hearted – it is steep, and there are spots where a slip or fall could cause serious injury. There is a winding dirt road leading to the summit station that is usually cleared of snow between late June and November. Access is restricted by a locked gate about 2 miles before Barcroft station, but White Mountain Research Station usually opens this locked gate at 3.560m (11,680ft) twice each year.

The climb has a notorius lack of oxygen that tests the organisms and a high degree of steepness. You will also have to acclimatize, and you will also have to be prepared with plenty of water, food, and you will have to be ready to deal with a lot of sun exposure during the climb.You’ll also have to deal with the exposed and windy sections of the mountain that are past the Observatory Dome.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable. Conditions can change rapidly and roads that may be open in the morning can be snowed in and impassable later in the day. It's one of the highest roads of California.

 

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