White Mountain Resurvey

July 31 – August 6, 2014

This is a week of scientific survey work, attendees are volunteer botanists, students, research scientists or previous GLORIA workshop attendees.  If you have any qualms about survey work at high altitude, then this trip is not for you.  BUT, if you have high altitude experience, are a reasonably competent botanist, are familiar with GLORIA-style surveys, or attended our workshop last year, then we would love to have you!

CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Adelia Barber — adelia@gloriacalifornia.org

Accomodations:  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.

Rooms:  There are shared rooms and some private rooms, please email Adelia to ask about what rooms are available.

Price: Email to ask about pricing, there is a nightly fee to stay at the research station, this includes your room and all meals.  In times of more generous state budgets, this nightly fee was subsidized for volunteers, sadly this is no longer offered.  We may have a very few discounted options for graduate students.

July 29/30 – Let us know if need to arrive early for extra acclimation.
July 31 – Acclimation Day
August 1 – Sage Hen Flat site survey at 10,200 ft.
August 2 – Barcroft Peak survey at 13,040 ft.
August 3 – RNA Peak survey at 12,225 ft.
August 4 – Rest and key plants day – or White Mtn Peak Survey if thunderstorms are eminent later in the week
August 5 – White Mtn Peak Survey at 14,105 ft.
August 6 – Key Plants Day, send teams back to sites if needed
August 7 – Wrap up and most participants depart

Other info:  Please see the link that we have posted for attendees of our public session, with information about acclimation and travel on White Mountain Road.

Map/ 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.

It is a good idea to fill up your car with gas in either Bishop or Big Pine.

Printable, PDF Directions

More travel information on the WMRC webpages


Plant Guides:

Plant List by Family

Plant Guide with Pictures

(Note from Adelia: Both of the above linked documents have errors and are a work in progress, but they are 95% correct)