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White Mountain Peak 14,252Sierra Nevada, CA
Sierra Nevada, CA
Hiking avatar Jun 18 2016
slowandsteady
Hiking14.99 Miles 3,403 AEG
Hiking14.99 Miles   8 Hrs   14 Mns   1.98 mph
3,403 ft AEG      40 Mns Break
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The trailhead is at about 11,800 feet and the marmots are running all over the place, so instead of making sure I had everything in my backpack, I was busy taking pictures of marmots. The hike is listed as one of the easiest 14er's, a good beginner hike to see if we want to start doing more.

About a half a mile in, I realized I had forgotten my tunes. Karl is my knight, so he told me to keep going and he would go back to the car and get them! I passed the Barcroft Research Station at 2 miles in, and got some more marmot pictures. I was surprised by the amount of people heading down. I didn't know if they had started crazy early or if they didn't go all the way. Karl was being social and he found out that people were starting a couple of hours before sunrise!

There is three miles of relatively flat hiking which took us up to the steepest elevation and switchbacks. I was stopped by a guy who told me I was only the second female hiker he had seen all day. He was glad to see me out representin'. Then it was the two and a half miles to the top. In some spots we cut the switchbacks and plowed through the snow, it other spots we walked along the edge between snow and trail. We ended up in the middle of a group of three. Then we all followed Karl's lead to the top. Then the real gusts of wind started. The five of us left the summit together. We looked around and all of the other hikers were gone! It was 3:30 in the afternoon and everyone but us was already done. On the hike down, we only ran into one other hiker out so "late."

It was weird to hike in a puffy coat and not even break a sweat in the middle of June!
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