The Sierras get a lot of love, and for good reason. But across the valley to the east are the White Mountains. Not the popular White Mountains of New Hampshire, but rather a high elevation ridgeline straddling the California / Nevada border. The highest, 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.

The route is easy to figure out with topographic maps, so I removed my marked up mapset and would like to pass off the fun to you to look up the USGS maps. Caltopo (for online use and creation of paper maps) and Gaia GPS (for a mobile app GPS) are good places to look for planning and navigating (and maps).


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