What are the facts?
- White Mountain is the third highest peak in California at 14,246 feet.
- It is located East of the Sierra Nevadas.
- White Mountain is in the rain shadow of the Sierra Nevadas and has a very dry almost "moon-like" climate and appearance.
- This area has the perfect conditions for the world's oldest living trees, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine.
- The oldest of these trees is over 4,700 years old!
Are you crazy? was the most common response when I asked my hiking buddies if they wanted to hike up White Mountain. I had done the hike on two other occasions but the last time was eleven years ago! Sometimes if you want to do it you just have to do it alone.
On the way I came upon a small group of Big Horn Sheep.
After hiking six and a half miles, the goal was in view.
The stone hut at the top of the mountain is a high elevation laboratory maintained by the University of California, Berkeley. It is their high altitude research station.
This is a view from the top looking back from where I came.
I waited at the top for the next group of hikers so that I could have my picture taken at the top as proof that I made it!
A bonus to the hike was visiting the Bristlecone pine interpretive walk. They are the oldest living trees on earth and have a graceful beauty despite their age and growing conditions.
I totally enjoyed the hike. I took my time and enjoyed myself. It is hard to find words to describe the peace that I felt doing the hike solo.
I am participating in Outdoor Wednesday hosted by Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.