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    Highest Rideable Peak in CA?

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    I found my answer, it's White Mtn(14,252).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Econoline View Post
    So what is the highest peak in California that can be summited by mtn bike? And I mean the bike can be legally ridden to the summit.

    For example, Mt Lukens(5066') has a fire road to the top and is not in a wilderness area. I'm thinking maybe White Mtn(14,252') but not sure the true summit is reachable by bike.

    For extra credit, what is the highest elevation you can bike to even if it's not a summit.

    Let me know what you think.
    White Mtn Peak gets pretty shale-y about 400 vertical feet from the top, but it's not too steep.

    After that, I'm guessing Mammoth is probably the highest you can actually ride up. Most of the Sierra Crest is in Wilderness.

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    I hiked White Mountain in Jun 2004...and saw two riders go up that passed me about 13K feet level. 15 miles round trip....took me 7 hours.

    Acclimate if you are ever going to bike this...as I "thought" I acclimated, but had walking difficulties coming down around the sheep station around 12K...I was meandering the last mile down to the parking area by the gate...it probably took me an hour to walk that last mile. I slept like crap for 3 days afterward. And, by acclimate, I mean drink a lot and eat a lot....I didn't do each of those enough.

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    I had altitude sickness at about 14,000 feet. I would have to say, it was the most horrible experience that I have ever had.
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    I climbed Mammoth from the 9200' tram stop up to the highest ridgeline trail, I think about 10,500' ft. or so. The last 1/4 mile of the climb, my vision began to 'tunnel'. That was pretty alarming, but when I reached the ridge and rested (and breathed) a while, it came back.
    I figger I lost a few brain cells on that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Cycle Shawn View Post
    I had altitude sickness at about 14,000 feet. I would have to say, it was the most horrible experience that I have ever had.
    I suffered with it for about 10 hours till I was able to get back to a lower altitude.
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    I had a similar tunnel vision feeling hiking up to Whitney summit, and started to weave on the trail near the top. HUI, I guess would be a good way to describe it.

    Here is a thread from a local MTB forum with some great pics of White Mountain biking (and several other areas in the Sierras). The OP evdog is a poster here, and a great guy; hit him up with a PM if you have any questions. Warning: photo-heavy:

    San Diego Mountain Biking Association ? View topic - Exploring the Sierras for Labor Day
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    That was a great post from the SDMBA. I've been up to the whites (and barcroft station) but not on bikes. The air is so thin up there, I'd probably pass out.

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    Thanks for all the great replies guys!

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    So, can my FJ be driven right to the summit or do you have to park at the gate and hike or ride to the summit?
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    You park at the gate and hike up. Real easy path up but the elevation does kick your butt.

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    They used to have ultimate kamikaze race off white mountain in the eighties down silver creek jeep trail(?) 11 miles if I remember correctly was pretty fun. Shuttle up. We were staying in mammoth so altitude wasn't bad Don't know if you still can ride it or not anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by Restricted View Post
    Real easy path up but the elevation does kick your butt.
    That's what I'm affraid of.
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    It's really not bad if you follow the old climber adage bivy low, climb high. Sleeping one night at elevation isn't going to do much except make you tired from thin air and possible sleeplessness. Stay down at Grandview CG or even the open space at the bottom of Wht Mtn Road. Lightening is common in the afternoon, so charge it early.

    Silver Cyn is still open to bikes. Not much fun as a biking trail, tho.

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    It's worth doing for the novelty, but it's not a quality ride.
    For quality and elevation at the 11K foot level, Coyote Flat + Wheeler Crest are the ticket.
    White Mountain is "cool" because it's 14K and you can legally get a bike up there. However, if the trail was at lower elevation and easier to access, people would think it sucks and just ignore it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Clydesdale View Post
    It's worth doing for the novelty, but it's not a quality ride.
    For quality and elevation at the 11K foot level, Coyote Flat + Wheeler Crest are the ticket.
    White Mountain is "cool" because it's 14K and you can legally get a bike up there. However, if the trail was at lower elevation and easier to access, people would think it sucks and just ignore it.
    And by not quality, do you mean, because it's just a relatively flat road to the top?
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    It's far from flat.
    More of a mountain experience than a great ride.
    The trail is not the highlight.
    If you go up there thinking there's a bike trail to the top of the peak, you may be surprised.
    It helps some riders to have a bit of a mental shift from " You can ride your bike to the top of White Mtn" to "there's a trail to the top of White Mtn that bikes are allowed on and I'll ride as much as I can or want to".
    Like I said, as a bike ride it's a novelty.
    As an overall experience, it's what you make of it.

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    There's that trail that you can push your bike up 11k from the desert floor.
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    Ive only hiked Cactus to the Clouds on San Jacinto in SoCal its a 10,400 foot descent on a bike from trail head to Palm Canyon dr. Theres a narrow window to descend but there are some big risks if not prepared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpmffitz View Post
    Ive only hiked Cactus to the Clouds on San Jacinto in SoCal its a 10,400 foot descent on a bike from trail head to Palm Canyon dr. Theres a narrow window to descend but there are some big risks if not prepared.
    Next month is the window.
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