Barcroft Field Station

A wild road to Barcroft Field Station

Barcroft Field Station is a weather station at an elevation of 3.800m (12,470ft) above the sea level, located in Mono County, California, in USA. It's one of the highest roads of California.

Nestled in the White Mountains of California, within the Inyo National Forest, the winding dirt road to the summit is called White Mountain Road. It’s a 4x4 track open from about June 1 - October 31 (weather and snow permitting). There’s a small hut at the summit. Access is restricted by a locked gate about 2 miles before the station.

The station was constructed in 1951. Winters are extremely severe, with the peak receiving upwards of 13 feet (400 cm) of snow annually. 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. The astronomy dome is clearly visible at the top.
Pic: Scott Kennedy

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.