White Mountains Quartzites Resurvey
July 14 – 21, 2019
This is a week of survey work in the White Mountains. Participants are National Forest staff, botanists, students, research scientists, and alpine plant enthusiasts. If you have high-elevation experience, are a reasonably competent botanist, and are familiar with GLORIA-style surveys, we would love to have you!
Lodging is at the Crooked Creek Station of the White Mountain Research Center, located at 10,200 ft in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (Inyo National Forest). There is a main dining area, a common room/lecture space, lab space, and plenty of outdoor area. All meals are included and the water from the tap is the best you will ever drink. The cooks at Crooked Creek are able to cater to specific dietary restrictions but those arrangements must be made in advance. Please be sure to tell Brian of any dietary needs/desires. Beds, linens, pillows, and towels will be provided but you should bring a sleeping bag or some other cover for warmth. A headlamp isn't a bad idea either.
There are shared rooms and some semi-private rooms, please email Brian to ask about room availability. We will be sharing Crooked Creek with another group this year so we will have very limited private space.
The White Mountains Research Station charges on a per person, per night basis that covers room and all meals (which are excellent). While GLORIA Great Basin will cover the cost of room and board, for those who can afford it, we suggest a donation of $50 per person per night to help offset these costs and support GLORIA's work.
The GLORIA White Mountains Quartzite Surveys will be on Sagehen Peak, Mount Barcroft, RNA Peak, and White Mountain Peak. Sagehen Peak will be a hike from Crooked Creek while the remaining peaks will require a drive to the put-in. For peak locations, take a look at our Locations page and zoom in on the White Mountains. If you have ever wanted to summit White Mountain Peak without that pesky hike, this is your trip! Unbelievable views, flora, and fauna abound.
July 14 – Arrive, acclimitize, and set up
July 15 – RNA Peak
July 16 – Mount Barcroft
July 17 – White Mountain Peak
July 18 – Sagehen Flat
July 19 – Weather flex day
July 20 – Data organization/flex day
July 21 – Data organization and departure
Map and Directions
From Big Pine, CA: At the junction of highway 395 and California highway 168 at Big Pine, drive east on highway 168 into the White Mountains. About 13 miles from 395 at Westgard Pass, turn north (left) onto the White Mountain Road. The White Mountain Road is paved and its intersection with highway 168 is marked with a sign. Once on White Mountain Road, drive north for about 10 miles on pavement. At Schulman Grove, about 10 miles from highway 168, the pavement ends, and the dirt road is passable by passenger cars but can be washboarded with sharp rocks. Drive slowly to avoid flat tires. Continue north another 9 miles until the junction with the road to Crooked Creek. This junction is marked with a sign. Turn right and drive 1 mile east on this road to the Crooked Creek station.
Be sure to fill up your car with gas in either Bishop or Big Pine as there are no other options once you leave Big Pine. Bringing an extra tank of gas is always a good idea when traveling into the hinterlands.