I'll hike up to two nice Eastern Sierra/North Desert peaks in the Inyo National Forest on this five-day trip: Glass Mountain (11123 feet) and White Mountain Peak (14252 feet). Big scenery.

Day 1: Passing the Douglas Fire on Highway 108 en route to Inyo National Forest

Day 1: Passing the Douglas Fire on Highway 108 en route to Inyo National Forest

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I've never driven past a "viewing area" for a forest fire before.

Day 2: Hiking Glass Mountain, Inyo National Forest (again)

Day 2: Hiking Glass Mountain, Inyo National Forest (again)

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About 6.5 miles round-trip to the Glass Mountain high point (11123 feet) from my Sawmill Meadow campsite (9200 feet), about 2500 feet elevation gain total. Last time I was here, I couldn't complete the hike due to vertigo.

Day 3: Drive to White Mountain, as high up as the road will take me

Day 3: Drive to White Mountain, as high up as the road will take me

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Looking forward to meeting up with a hiking group at around 12,000 feet for tomorrow's trek up to White Mountain Peak at 14,252 feet.

Day 4: White Mountain Peak hike, the centerpiece of this trip

Day 4: White Mountain Peak hike, the centerpiece of this trip

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Today I'll reach the highest elevation I've hiked: 14252 feet at White Mountain Peak. It's just over 12 hiking miles round-trip with roughly 3000 feet elevation gain from the research center at 12400 feet.

Day 5: Hiking Bench Canyon, White Mountains

Day 5: Hiking Bench Canyon, White Mountains

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Such a scenic 8-mile follow-up hike after the very different White Mountain Peak hike yesterday. About 1900 feet of elevation gain, nice and gradual.

Day 6: Driving over the Sierra on Highway 108 is always enjoyable

Day 6: Driving over the Sierra on Highway 108 is always enjoyable

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It all starts with a nice sunrise at my White Mountains campsite. I'll be back in San Jose by the end of the day.