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White Mountains Downslope Resurvey

July 16 – 23, 2023

This is a week of downslope survey work on White Mountain Peak and in the Patriarch Grove. Volunteers are botanists, students, research scientists or previous GLORIA workshop attendees. If you have high altitude experience, are a reasonably competent botanist, are familiar with GLORIA-style surveys, we would love to have you!


Lodging is at White Mountain Research Center’s Crooked Creek Station, located at 10,200 ft in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest (Inyo National Forest).  There is a main dining area and common room, a lab space and a library.


There are shared rooms and some private rooms, please email us to ask about room availability.


GLORIA Great Basin has a number of costs associated with running these field surveys including survey gear, WMRC lodging, travel costs, and paying our Field Coordinator. To help defray those costs, we ask for a tax-deductible recommended donation of $80 per person per night for the White Mountains surveys. Of course, if you are able to donate more to help support students and those who cannot donate, please do! As always, we are very grateful for your generosity and support, year after year. If you are able to make a donation, head over to our donate tab on this website where you can donate in a variety of ways.


The GLORIA White Mountains Downslope Surveys for 2023 will be on Campito and in the Patriarch Grove, near Crooked Creek Field Station. We may venture to White Mountain Peak depending on snow conditions, but that is seeming less likely this year!


July 16 – Arrive and acclimatize
July 17 – Arrive, acclimatize, orientation
July 18 – Patriarch Grove Survey, Day 1
July 19 – Patriarch Grove Survey, Day 2
July 20 – White Mountain Peak Survey 1

July 21 – White Mountain Peak Survey 2

July 22 – Weather make-up day

July 23 – Departure


Plant Guides

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.

Printable PDF Directions

More Travel Information on the WMRC Webpages

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