The First Attempt for The White Mountain Peak


I decided Last minute to try and go after work, camp then try to summit by bike.
I got off work at 11:30pm and drove to the local store to grab some items.
then I made the drive to the Grandview Campground about 2am I made it.

White Mountain Peak from Mammoth Lakes, CA

White Mountain Peak from Mammoth Lakes, CA

Bloody Hell the campground was full turned out popular night for stargazing. So I drove around and found a pullout setup camp. I was passed out by guessing 2:30am. I wanted to be up by 7ish. That did not happen woke up around 8:40. broke camp.

White Mountain Peak from Mammoth Lakes, CA

Schulman Grove Visitor Center Dirt Road Start

I started my drive I thought I was close to the start. I still had about 6 miles to go of Pavement.
Then I had a 16 mile dirt road to the locked gate.

Start of Dirt Road

Start of Dirt Road

Here is also the oldest trees on earth the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Driving thru the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Driving thru the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Driving along the Ridge you have views of the Palisades Glacier.

Palisades Glacier

Palisades Glacier

The Drive ahead

The Gravel Road ahead

The Gravel Road ahead

Driving along you drive thru another Bristlecone Forest The Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

Patriarch Grove

There was some kinda of feature here.

A Weather Shelter

A Weather Shelter

Once driving 45 minutes on this dirt road I reached the locked gate.

The Locked Gate

The Locked Gate

Nature was calling lucky for me there was some TP but suggesting you bring your own TP just in case Nature calls.

Outhouse Knowledge

Outhouse Knowledge

It was time to try and make this ride. but first let me take a selfie.

 

Seflie at the Locked Gate

Seflie at the Locked Gate

After riding Two Miles of nice steep gravel road I reached the Barcroft Facility. Had a chat with some people that maintained the place. I was behind more time. I was silly thinking I could make the top then be back to work by 3pm. but I wanted to try.

Barcroft Facility.

Barcroft Facility.

After the Barcroft Facility the trail turned to a rocky double track.

Double Track at 12000+ft.

Double Track at 12000+ft.

Riding along there where many Marmots.

There where a few other people out on the trail. passing hikers I slowed down and greeted them and kept riding. I could not get over the fact I was mountain biking at this elevation. I had to stop and enjoy the view.

Panorama of the Grand Sierra and Owens Valley

Panorama of the Grand Sierra and Owens Valley

I was getting closer but running out of time to make it.

The Top was getting closer

The Top was getting closer

And Closer

And Closer

I got to the start of the Switchbacks but I knew I was not going to make it. I knew I had to turn around. I was bummed I couldn’t make it but it was a great scout mission.

Heading back to the car.

Heading back to the car.

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White Mountain Peak is an extinct volcano and the third highest peak in California at 14,252


I gotta take my fatty on this ride. I think the fatty would rock crawl this trail. Not to often you get to ride above 14,000ft in California.
White Mountain Peak is an extinct volcano and the third highest peak in California at 14,252 ft (4,344 m). A closeby Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada, is at 14,505 ft (4,421 m), only about 250 ft higher. The ancient Bristlecone Pine forest (~4,700 yr old) is also on the White Mountains. We climb on the White Mountain Peak trail from the parking at 11,000 ft to the summit for a breathtaking view of the Sierra Nevada mountains across Owens Valley with snow-covered peaks under the blue sky and wide open view of the desert of Death Valley. From the summit we ride downhill with patches of remaining snow on the trail. Pass the Barcroft Research facility at 12,000 ft and arrive at the gate and parking above 11,000 ft on White Mountain Road. Arguably the highest mountain biking trail in the U.S. I
Directions to the trailhead
Here is a vid from someone I had to add it.

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I need to check out riding in Carson City just found this great resource.


I need to check out riding in Carson City just found this great resource.

http://bikecarson.com/trails-and-rides/

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A Mammoth Lakes, CA to Calgary, Canada Bike trip


Back in 2010 I did a bike packing trip starting in Mammoth Lakes and rode to Calgary I filmed the trip and I finally cut 8 hours of video to 1 hour of an somewhat edited story. The trip started with snow showers thru California and Nevada. It rained thru Utah, Wyoming and Montana once in to Canada sunny and 80 degree weather. hope you enjoy.

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Paddleboarding Mono Lake


The High Sierra is warming up for the spring and it felt like a summer day so hopping on my paddleboard seem like a great idea.
I set the alarm for 7am the night before so I could get up early in my world.
The alarm sets off! I hopped up Loaded up the board and headed to the fuel station to fill up on some petrol. I stopped at the New York Deli for a lox and cream cheese bagel and coffee and headed to Mono Lake.

Navy monument

Navy Monument


After about 45 minutes I was at Navy Beach. The Navy use to do testing at Mono Lake hence the name Navy Beach.
bird watching

bird watching


As soon as I opened the door I was mobbed by gnats I put on some sunscreen and no more bugs. I un strapped my board and paddle and had walked to the shore, kicked off my shoes and carefully walked my board into deeper water and stood up and paddled onto the lake. The water was pretty green makes since, it was kinda a warm winter. I could see alot of brine shrimp. Due to the high alkalinity of the water (pH 10), there are no fish in Mono Lake. The water was almost glass. There where a few birds but it didn’t seem like a lot of sea gulls where around maybe it was early but its suppose to be the second largest breading area next to the great Salt Lake.
Nesting Osprey

Nesting Osprey


Its Osprey nesting season so you should stay 200 yards away if you get to close they will start chipping at you.
I brought some binoculars to view Osprey and other fowl while paddling.
The nesting Osprey where always on the highest tufa.
after about an hour of exploring I headed back to the shore strapped the board back on the car. Drove off thinking what a great morning wonder why more people don’t paddle here maybe its the water 3 times saltier then the ocean.

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Bikepacking to a Hot Spring


My Buddy KC is a great friend who I have been Mountain biking with for over 20 years and started BikePacking since 1999. So when we get the itch to bike pack we check in with each other. So KC who lives out near Joshua Tree National Park wanted to get out of the Desert and come up to the Sierra for an over nighter. He gave me a call a couple weeks ago. KC said “Hey Brother I want to come up and do a bike Camp” I myself said sounds great the trails are dry its been in the high 60 we could ride and camp by a hot spring.

So the day before beautiful clear 60 degree weather. I heard we where going to get a couple feet of snow the next day. I called KC up bring your cold weather gear its going to be cold.

KC getting to Mammoth

KC getting to Mammoth

Its Friday KC pulls up its puking snow.
Are we stupid hummm well if we ever plan on doing the Tour Divide we better get a taste of Bikepacking in weather. KC just had regular bike gloves. I had an extra set of pink pogies laying around. I told him to use these so his hands would not freeze.
So we pack up are bags

Packed and Ready

Packed and Ready

We headed to Salsas Mexican Taqueria.
We didn’t want to cook so we ordered Three Burritos. One to eat now. 2 two take with us one for dinner one for breakfast. While the burritos where being made I ran across the street to grab some Mammoth Brewery EPIC IPA from Country Liquor store.

Beer and Food Stop

Beer and Food Stop

Once beers and food was packed up and we finished chowing. We headed off into the dumping snow to Mammoth Creek Gravel Road.

Snow Covered Mammoth Creek Gravel Road

Snow Covered Mammoth Creek Gravel Road

Then down to a little single track created by cattle that goes under the 395 bridge along Mammoth Creek to the Old Highway and sub-station road the back onto a double track to Hot creek rd which is a gravel road that parallels Hot Creek which has year round fly fishing catch and release. I often see Bald and Golden Eagle flying over Hot Creek which I saw on this trip.
You start to climb up a hill. With a small canyon where Hot Creek passes thru also the reason why its called Hot Creek because there are small geysers here.
We would have stopped and check it out but are feet where cold and all I could think about was drinking a beer at the hot spring. I just keep crusing after a mile and a half we made a left on to another gravel road whitmore tubs road and then left on Owens Rd another gravel road passing thru a grassy meadow then another left.

Rainbow Brite and Skittles

Rainbow Brite and Skittles

We had a mile and a half on a fireroad we set up camp on a nice over look.

Hiking in to the campsite

Hiking in to the campsite

Once we setup camp it starting dumping a couple inches of snow we walked down to the hot spring beer in hand and enjoyed the valley turn white from snow.

Campsite over looking the hot spring

Campsite over looking the hot spring

The hot spring felt so good I did not want to get out but we did. I crawled in my tent thru on my puffy pants and jacket the crawled in my sleeping bag. I then grabbed another beer and my burrito.

Yum Epic IPA

Yum Epic IPA

So good. Amazing hot food taste so good when your camping. Before it was dark I was in Zzzz-land. I slept so good and stayed warm.
Natured called and had to get out of my warm sleeping cocoon to go find a tree. It was very nice though watched the sun rise and thought about going and hop in the hot spring while I could here KC snore away haha.

Early Camp a couple inches of snow

Early Camp a couple inches of snow

I did like the idea of going back in my warm bag though. I fell back asleep until I heard KC up and about. He was enjoying watching the sunlight hit the peaks it was a cold blue bird day.

KC up and about

KC up and about

I could just picture the snow bunnies getting excited about snowboarding and skiing Mammoth Mountain Ski Area I could hear avalanche control going on with the bombs. I had left half of beer un drank. so I finished the beer off got up shaked the snow off hung my tent fly on a rock to try and dry it off found my burrito that I had in my sleeping bag that I used my body heat to try and warm it up. Kinda worked yep still good.
We slowly started packing up are bikes and camp. The sun got brighter but not warmer my feet where cold. I would wiggle them to make sure they where not frost biten.
The Landscape was so amazing.

Back On the bike Blue Bird Day

Back On the bike Blue Bird Day

once back in town I had to stop at Stellar Brew for a great Mocha.
Once back at the house said good byes to KC until the next ride.

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Pyramid Peak done after 3 years staring at it.


John Muir nailed this one for me. The Mountains are calling me.
I drive around town a lot in Mammoth and Pyramid Peak tends to stare at me. This one calls to me. I sometimes loose sleep because I think about it.

The Mountain are Calling

The Mountain are Calling

Well its been a warm spring and if I didn’t climb it this day it was going to be the third year I let this get away from me. I asked around to see if anyone wanted to venture this with me the few I asked had the same reply it’s to thin and rocky. Well I didn’t want to let that stop me. I had to go at it and see.
So I wook up at 8am and went to Basecamp Cafe for breakfast.

Pyramid Peak

Pyramid Peak


There it was again Pyramid Peak driving to Basecamp Cafe.
I ordered A coffee and a Basil Tomato cream cheese bagel and added an egg. While waiting for breakfast to come. I had the Devil and Angel on my shoulder scenario going on.
I was unsure of this hike and snowboard trip How long would this take to do. I wanted to talk myself out of it.
Once Coffee and breakfast upped I was thinking what else am i going to do today. Get er dun. So I stopped at the store to grab cheese and cookies and water for snacks and Hydration and fuel. Grabbed my backpack cloths and board hopped in the car and drove to Tamarack Lodge

Once near Tamarack Lodge I parked my car on Lake Mary RD at the start of the cross-country area and began my hike walking on the winter access side.

Winter Access Trail Lake Mary RD

Winter Access Trail Lake Mary RD


after a bit of probably about a mile I came up to the start of the ridge. yikes! Steep!
Start of the Sherwins Ridge

Start of the Sherwins Ridge

This is where the fun really begins ok not really its the start of a steep climb and you really gain elevation quickly.
An Old Rail Track over looking the Lakes Basin

An Old Rail Track over looking the Lakes Basin


After you start climbing you come across mines and old rail tracks over looking the Lakes Basin.
Boulder Hoping

Boulder Hoping


A bit further up the climb goes through a boulder field and my goats like skills come into effect gotta be careful not to get your legs lodged in here and avoiding snapped limbs.
Nice Vantage point

Nice Vantage point


After the boulder field you come up to a kinda 100ft flat trail vantage area and a nice area for a breather before you start a rocks and latter climb.
Rock Stacks

Rock Stacks


The Rocks and Ladders climb was bloody steep stopped at this rock stack wind protector hut. Had a cheese stick and water break and enjoyed the view. Ok lets keep going.
I got to the top of the ridge and most of the major uphill was over but I still had a ways to go on a rising ridge.
Pyramid Peak in the distance

Pyramid Peak in the distance


After another hour of climbing I took a break enjoyed another cheese stick and peanut butter cookie. I really needed the break after a couple thousand feet of climbing. Looking up I had kinda a steep rocky climb to the next kinda peak.

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While resting I took in the view I looked back at what I climbed. I could see mammoth crest, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the Minarets.

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Now at the top of that steep climb I had a downhill then another steep climb.

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Another hour of climbing I was near to top.

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It start to get cloudy. It started to get cold and started to snow shower.

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I made it to the top. I enjoyed my accomplishment caught my breath and took in the views. Across the upper Owens Valley there was lightning strikes on the White Mountains. I was getting nervous being exposed on this Ridgeline I knew it was time to drop in.

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I strapped in and enjoyed the ride down. If a pictures is worth a 1000 words here in a million words with my go pro footage of the ride down.

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Bridgeport, CA to Mammoth Lakes, CA check!!!


Bridgeport to Mammoth check!!!
I have driven this stretch of highway 395 for years now. The views and smaller towns have always intrigued me but I am usually trying to get to and from point A and B and some what of a hurry. With the some what warmer weather I thought on my next day off I was going to saddle up and knock it off the list.
The day before my ride I called up Eastern Sierra Transit Authority to reserve a seat and a spot for the bike.
I can home from work and swapped out my mountain bike tires for cyclocross tires the skinniest tires I owned for least rolling resistance.
I set out my riding cloths and fell asleep. Alarm rings at 6:30am I hit the snooze button about 5 times. I had to catch the bus to Bridgeport at 8:20am.
Ok I lagged popped in the shower at 7:38am dressed hoped on my bike it got to the bus stop at 8:08am it was 39 degrees.

waiting for the bus

waiting for the bus


Yes I was full spandex out with a riding jacket over. I was wondering if I would be warm enough checked the weather on the iPhone it was suppose to be a high of 55 degrees.
Once the bus pulled up I loaded my bike on the rack gave him the bus fair of $9.50 then found a seat and relaxed for an hour. Once we pulled we stopped at a park near a museum a couple people unloaded and they where off to Reno, NV

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I did not eat breakfast and I knew I needed to fuel up for what I new was going to be a big ride for this person.
I have always wanted to stop at the Bridgeport Inn and as far as I know the only place to eat when it’s not fishmas also know as fishing season.
I had ordered breakfast and told the waitress if she mind if I snooped around it was really cool inside if your into historic stuff then she told me it was established in 1877 I thought it was great.
Ok breakfast came. so yummy.

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Full and happy it was still cool out so while enjoying coffee I knew I had to get motivated.
I saddled up and started to leave the town of Bridgeport.

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I looked up ahead and was thinking this is going to be a long beautiful ride and no turning back now.
After about 10 miles of slight uphill I came to another cool eatery and lodging.
I was way to full to stop and check it out but it had cool old bikes had to take a snapshot.

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I kept going for another 3-5 mile and saw the entrance to Bodie and the start of Conway Summit not taking anything away but I did think it would be a little tougher.
This is the stretch I really wanted to see. There was a beautiful valley of trees not yet in bloom and a stream. I kept going and saw a yellow belly marmot but he took off before I could grab a picture.

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After more miles I came to Conway Summit.

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Another few more miles there was a beautiful over look of Mono Lake.

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This was a very rewarding kinda long downhill with of course a beautiful over look of the mono basin. Which is a ride I did and posted before around the lake.
I pedaled into the town of Lee Vining also the easy entrance to Yosemite National Park. I was wanting a sugar rush so I stopped at Nicely’s Resturant for some fresh baked Pecan Pie ala Mode And a Coke. Aw so good and full.
Hoped on the bike and Pedaled on.
I was getting close to June Lake and saw the sign.

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Aw I am getting tired and this is a good climb up to Deadmans Summit. Although tired I knew I was getting closer to Mammoth.
After 20 miles of up and down I got to the Mammoth off ramp.
Ug I forgot for a bit the good climb to the Town of Mammoth Lakes.

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At last I got this ride in the books I checked strava thinking I climbed about 2800 feet. I had climbed 4800+ feet and 56.1 miles woohoo
I need a beer.
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Racing Dual Slalom on Snow with Bikes So #FUN


Racing Dual Slalom on Snow with Bikes So #FUN

I happen to come across a fund raiser for Sky Tavern Bike Park at Sky Tavern Bike Park put on by Black Rock Bicycles.

Race Flyer

Race Flyer


When I saw this, I lit up and was very giddy about this event there where two classes Fatbikes and regular bikes. But of Course Fatbikes rule so I had to enter my Fatbike.
The Day had come after leaving are hotel, Grand Sierra Lodge in Reno, NV. We stopped for a quick breakfast and trucked up Mt Rose Highway to find the Dual Slalom. We pulled up to Sky Tavern to find a sign drive up farther to MT Rose parking lot. Then we found another sign, race with an arrow pointing right. It was snowing and the wind was blowing about 30+MPH.
We pulled into the parking lot.

Parking For the Race

Parking For the Race


Once Parked Dressed up quick and pulled the bike off the rack. I was running a bit late. I rode to the start registration was in a little hut. There was a nice fire going with Hot Chocolate (Yummy)
Bikes at the Starting Gate

Bikes at the Starting Gate


The Course was getting a few last minute Preps.
Last Minute Preps

Last Minute Preps


It was time to race.
Up first where the Fatbikes
Starting Line

Starting Line


The Wind was blowing and it was snowing pretty good but once I was racing I was in a Zone.
Second Round of Racing

Second Round of Racing


I had stayed focused and Won my gates.
Pushing the Bike for the Final Round

Pushing the Bike for the Final Round


It was Time for the Final
The Final Round Making my Move

The Final Round Making my Move


Woman Racing On Regular Bikes

Woman Racing On Regular Bikes


Fun on Bikes With Friends

Fun on Bikes With Friends


This was one of the funnest events I have partake in.
I would love to see snowbiking take off such a great time.

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Hello 2014 and Alabama Loop scratched of the list.


I have wanted to ride the Alabama Hills loop for awhile now the draw of riding the foothills of the highest peak in the lower 48 states at Elevation: 14,505′ also the area where one of my favorite childhood tv shows The Lone Ranger. Also filmed here was IRONMAN, TREMORS, DJANGO UNCHAINED just to name a few.

Located in the Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA.

Lone Pine, CA

Lone Pine, CA

Film Museum

Film Museum

Start off with a little road ride.

Start off with a little road ride.

A sandy double track

A sandy double track

More Amazing Double track

More Amazing Double track

connectiong to a 4wd only road.

connectiong to a 4wd only road.

after climbing up I came back out to the MT Whitney Portal rd road up another 2 miles of pavement.

TrailHead

TrailHead

This Trailhead followed the foothills of Mt Whiney for a couple miles if rolling single track and great views of the Owens Valley and Owens Lake.

rolling Single Track

rolling Single Track

 

Nice Singletrack

Nice Singletrack

 

Dropping a Jedi Shoot of Sandstone

Dropping a Jedi Shoot of Sandstone

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Route

Route

 

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