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#55909 - 08/08/19 09:41 PM White Mountain Peak Road
WanderingJim Offline


Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 272
Loc: California
Anyone been up and know the conditions past Schulman Grove?

The Inyo website only lists it open to there and 4wd required after that.
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#55911 - 08/09/19 08:15 AM Re: White Mountain Peak Road [Re: WanderingJim]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
They had open-gate day last weekend. I read there were at least 50 cars going up.

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#55913 - 08/09/19 08:30 AM Re: White Mountain Peak Road [Re: Steve C]
WanderingJim Offline


Registered: 02/09/15
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Loc: California
Thanks.
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#55914 - 08/09/19 09:16 AM Re: White Mountain Peak Road [Re: WanderingJim]
Lewis Van Atta Offline


Registered: 02/14/19
Posts: 5
Loc: Livermore, CA
I was up there for open-gate day last weekend as well; a four-wheel-drive high-clearance vehicle would be ideal, but I saw folks making it up successfully in compact 2WD cars, too.

My evaluation is somewhat colored by the vehicle I drove: a 2007 Honda Ridgeline, which has on-demand 4WD. The dirt road between Schulman and Patriot groves was not bad, just not advisable to go faster than about 15-20 mph: washboardy in spots, occasionally dodging larger rocks in the road. 2WD taken slow should be fine IMHO. The 4 miles from the Patriot Grove to the gate was a good bit freakier and adrenalin producing, but as long as I was careful and went dead slow, I got in and back out just fine. Several spots where one and only one car can traverse the road for a few hundred feet; 2 or three washout-like spots where you have to pick your path to avoid high-centering.
Mostly, just don't be in a big hurry on this road.
Unfortunately I started showing AMS symptoms, so I didn't make the hike up to the summit; bailed out on Sunday morning.

Lewis

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#55915 - 08/09/19 12:29 PM Re: White Mountain Peak Road [Re: Lewis Van Atta]
WanderingJim Offline


Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 272
Loc: California
Thanks. I've been up there before in my Jeep (and got a punctured tire to prove it), so mostly was concerned about the snow and if it was open all the way to the trailhead.





Edited by WanderingJim (08/09/19 12:30 PM)
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