Whites Mountain viewed from Lookout Lake Point.

Michael Hoyt

Whites Mountain viewed from Lookout Lake Point.

Whites Mountain (9,162’) is located between the Rock Creek Drainage (south) and the Lost Horse Drainage (north). Because of its remoteness, this peak is seldom climbed. It’s too bad more don’t visit this highpoint in the midst of pristine wilderness.

The peak was named for Forest Supervisor Wilfred Wallace White (born July 11, 1877, died April 13, 1958). A plaque on the summit states the remains of Wilfred’s son, Ben, and his daughter-in-law (Ben's wife), Ruth, have been laid to rest on the mountain.

The best way to reach this intriguing summit is to begin from the Bear Creek Pass Trailhead at the western end of Lost Horse Canyon and hike along the trail as it meanders south-southeast to Bear Creek Pass 2.75 miles from the trailhead.

Go off-trail at the pass and follow the ridge as it curves eastward toward Whites Mountain. Staying directly on the ridge-crest requires the most difficult climbing (Class 4 in places) while traversing along the east face of the ridge on the system of wide ledges is little more than a hike (Class 2+).

—Michael Hoyt

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