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#49220 - 02/10/17 09:11 AM White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA

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#49221 - 02/11/17 06:17 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: Steve C]
JMH Offline


Registered: 06/09/16
Posts: 7
Loc: Aurora, Illinois
Thank you Steve for posting this.

Because of all the posts about the extra snow, we pushed our trip to hike White Mountain back from early June to later in the summer. Our flights arrive on July 29th and return on August 8th.

For acclimation, we had an initial plan to sleep 1 night each at Whitney Portal Campground, then Horseshoe Meadow parking area, and then at the White Mountain locked gate.

Great news that the Barcroft gate is open on Sunday the 30th because we were only going to use the 30th as a day to get food and supplies. But now we can also drive up to Barcroft on Sunday and get a preview of the 1st couple miles of the trail.

Thanks again
Jeff

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#49222 - 02/11/17 07:07 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: JMH]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 651
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Grandview campground is just 5 miles from the Schulman Grove visitor center, on the road up to White Mountain Station. It would give you a night or two to acclimate without having to descend back down to the Lone Pine altitude. Campground altitude is 8,600 feet.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20268

Aside from having to bring all your own water, it is clean and has toilets. No reservations, but plenty of first come first served campsites. I have stayed there many times and found it to be a good base for White Mountain hikes. As it's name implies, it provides wonderful panoramic views of the Sierras. And no bears!


Edited by Bob West (02/11/17 09:11 AM)

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#49223 - 02/13/17 03:52 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: Bob West]
KevinR Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
Posts: 572
Loc: Manchester, NH
While I've never camped at the TH near the Barcroft gate, I've noticed that often others have. I've found that driving times between the Grandview CG and the gate can be as long as 90 minutes, depending upon road conditions. The road is paved up to the Shulmann VC, but not beyond (or at least it wasn't the last time I was there 2 years ago). Depending upon when it was last graded, it can be quite rough, and the rocks sharp - seen lots of vehicles with flats.

Always impressed with how many marmots there are at the Barcroft gate area, and for the next couple of miles heading towards White Mtn.

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#49224 - 02/13/17 07:58 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: KevinR]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 651
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
At the Mt. Barcroft gate trailhead (12,000') there might be enough space to pitch a few small tents, and there are couple of fire rings. No reservations are needed for camping but a campfire permit is required and available from USFS office in Bishop. No toilets and no water.

Because of the heavy snow-pack this year, there could be road damage during the Spring runoff. Check with the USFS White Mountain ranger station in Bishop before travelling up there.

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#49225 - 02/13/17 10:41 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: Bob West]
dbd Offline


Registered: 11/09/09
Posts: 181
Loc: San Diego
At the Barcroft gate there is a toilet building. It was functional when I last used it in September 2015. You can see the spot on Google Earth at 37.557715 -118.236237. The image I got from GE was from September 2013 and shows ten vehicles, room for a couple dozen more and no fire rings. There is also no wood available in that area.

There is a section of pavement (not asphalt) on the steep section from Campito Meadow up to the turnoff to the Patriarch Grove. I assume this was done to reduce the need for repairs after spring runoff.

After one visit to White Mountain I was told by the fellow at a tire store in Bishop who was charging two new tires on my credit card that the County of Inyo had once considered paving more of the road, but that the Owens Valley tire store lobby had successfully defeated the measure.

Dale B. Dalrymple

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#49253 - 02/19/17 11:07 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: Steve C]
saltydog Offline


Registered: 02/03/11
Posts: 1464
Loc: Valley Ford CA!!!!
Just now reading Colin Fletcher's account of his visit to this station in 1958 (Thousand Mile Summer). The researcher in charge not only invited him in for dinner with a nice red, but gave him the key to the summit station for the next day and night. Those were the days.
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#49254 - 02/19/17 11:23 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: saltydog]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
About 20 years ago, an Inyo ranger sent me the key to the locked gate on the road at the winter closure spot (just past the Sierra View overlook, several miles before Schulman Grove) so we could get snowmobiles past. Not any more.

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#49264 - 02/21/17 05:14 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: Steve C]
ScottHikerEsq Offline


Registered: 05/23/16
Posts: 11
Loc: California
What is the hiking distance from the Barcroft Station to the WM summit?
Estimated time?


Edited by ScottHikerEsq (02/21/17 05:14 AM)

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#49265 - 02/21/17 08:05 AM Re: White Mountain Research Center -- 2017 Open Gate days [Re: ScottHikerEsq]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
About 5 miles. The open gate reduces the distance by 2 miles.

There is about 2k elevation climb to the peak. So about 4 hours might be average.

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