The Sierras get all the love, and for good reason. But across the valley to the east are the White Mountains. Not THOSE White Mountains (of NH), but rather a high elevation ridgeline straddling the CA/NV border. The highest and roadless section spans from White Mountain (a 14er) and Boundary Peak (the Nevada highpoint). Along the ridge you cross huge open plateaus and some fun narrow scrambles. While few humans travel this area, you can expect to see elk and desert bighorn.

Maps available here in jpg+pdf

 

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The road to White Mountain passes through the oldest trees in the world (Bristlecone Pines).

 

View from the research station. Domestic sheep live here.

 

White Mountain

 

Atop White Mountain, where the route truly begins.

 

Looking out on the entire route from White Mountain. Boundary Peak is the furthest peak off in the distance.

 

I walked by a family of desert bighorns.

 

Much of the ridge is broad and open.

 

One of the scrambles along the route

 

Looking out on Nevada

 

Montgomery Peak

 

Looking to Boundary Peak from Montgomery (although the Nevada highpoint, Boundary Peak is just across the border and lower than Montgomery Peak)

 

Atop Boundary Peak, the Nevada highpoint

 

Looking back on Boundary Peak from the dirt route out