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I had somehow left this out of my last few visits to the White Mtns, a minor peak that happens to land on the "Non-Sierra 10K-foot CA Peaks" list which is about as obscure a list as one might concoct (it wasn't my idea, but I became intrigued with it). The hike starts about half a mile from the end of the pavement where there is a small turnout the Forest Service has provided for parking off the rough dirt road. The hike is less than a mile each way, clmbing about 600ft in the process. The going is fairly easy, a flat walk across low desert scrub to start, then up through lightly forested terrain with good footing, eventually scrambling over several rocky class 2 false summits to reach the highpoint. The summit is located about half a mile northeast and slightly lower than Clem Nelson Peak (also known as Cold BM). There are nice views overlooking the east side of the range but the views were quite hazy today. We found a register left by Greg Gerlach and signed by Bob Sumner and Craig Barlow, two others working on this odd list. We spent some time at the summit debating the accuracy of GPSr's in determining elevation, but since neither of us had any real expertise it was mostly just wasted air. We spent a little over an hour on the entire outing before heading to the nearby Visitor Center to check out the bristlecone exhibits there.
On our way back down to Bishop, more car trouble ensued. The brake and battery indicator lights came on while descending White Mtn Rd, and then on the drive between Big Pine and Bishop we lost power for a time before getting the van to limp its way into Bishop. It seems the alternator might be faulty. Not exactly the "fun" I was hoping to deal with during the Challenge, but as I like to say, "It is what it is."
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