Join Date: May 2007
Location: Santa Cruz Mountains
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The ranger station at White Mountain is at 10,100'. I've only ever ridden that far but I thought the pavement ended there.
I agree that White Mountain is a tougher climb than Onion Valley. Those steep pitches in the last 3 miles make it extra hard. But Onion Valley is nicer. So far it's my favorite eastern sierra climb but I have yet to do Horseshoe and it's been 20 years since I did Whitney. I hope to address both of those by doing the Whitney stage race next month.
BTW, the Everest Challenge, besides being a race, also offers a non-competitive organized ride. You get to do six big eastern sierra climbs over two days. They're all scenic, and the support is good.