Hiking White Mountain Peak

Hiking White Mountain Peak | Conquer the Easiest California 14er

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White Mountain Peak is unlike any other California fourteener. It’s a unique mountain, located in in a desert east of the the Owens Valley, and far easier to climb than any other California high peak. With a road to a research station for the University of California, it’s a relatively easy hike all the way to the summit with little route-finding and navigation required. If you can follow a road for 7 miles, and gain 3,300 feet, you can succeed in hiking White Mountain Peak.

Don’t be fooled however, this is still a savage mountain that should not be underestimated. Be sure to pack plenty of water for this dry mountain, and take time to acclimate. I recommend camping for 1-2 nights nearby around 8,000 feet. Altitude sickness is the number one reason people fail to summit, so taking time at elevation before your climb will significantly improve your chance of success. Read below for my route guide, weather info, maps and more.

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Notice: The material presented in this route guide may not be comprehensive or precise and should not be solely relied upon when planning your climb. Inadequate experience, physical fitness, supplies, or equipment may result in injury or fatality.

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Alex Derr, Founder of The Next Summit

Alex Derr is an Eagle Scout, climber, and environmental policy expert located in Denver, Colorado. He created The Next Summit to help others stay safe exploring the mountains and advocate to preserve the peaks for the future. Follow him on Linkedin or Twitter or click here to contact him.

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