White Mountain the second highest peak in California, stands at 14,246 ft. Located Near the Nevada border on the edge of Owens' Valley outside of Big Pine California. This trail is probably one of the easier of the fourteener's in California because the trail is a dirt road that leads all the way to the top. At the top is a research building that's part of the Barcroft Research Center. The views of the Eastern Sierra's are beautiful, but some say the path is pretty boring up to the top. The landscape is very barren, desert like and no trees. What you will see are a lot, I mean A LOT of Marmot's and some golden mantel ground squirrels. If you are very, very lucky... you might even get a peak at some very rare Big Horn Sheep that live in the area. I was VERY blessed the day I was up White Mountain. I saw four Big Horn Sheep, two Ewes and two babies ( probably under a year old). On this trail, you'll see lot's of fellow hikers as well as some cyclist. Since it is a dirt road, it has multiple uses. White Mountain is a great place to start if your interested in climbing a fourteener. It has all the challenges of elevation gain, but not a extreme milage like Whitney or Langley ( some of the other less technical 14'er's).