The White Mountain District features several disparate terrains from high desert to lush valleys containing lakes, meadows and creeks. Hundreds of lakes and springs lie within its borders, and stream crossings are required on many of the trails. Some trails are accessible in winter, others are not maintained or passable. Roads that allow you to drive to the trailheads can be windy, steep and narrow. Standard passenger cars may find them impossible to maneuver.
One of the popular trails is the Baker and Green Lakes Trail in the Big Pine Area, which extends 21 miles from its trailhead at Glacier Lodge on the road of the same name. This out-and-back path winds past several lakes and meadows, and features abundant wildflowers in the spring and summer. It's beginning section traverses several miles of sage-covered slopes, from which a climb over a ridge treats you with a furtastic view of Disappointment Peak. Eventually, it descends into Bishop Creek Canyon. You and your pup may spy Bighorn Sheep on this trail.
The Methuselah Loop Trail is a popular route because of its relative shortness and elevation gains. In spring and summer it's resplendent with wildflowers - and mosquitoes. Its length of 4 miles rises about 826 feet on a gradual incline.
Whether you venture a climb up White Mountain Peak's 15-mile, high altitude trail, or amble casually along the .4-mile Discover Trail, or one of the other 30 trails here, it's a sure bet that you and Fido will reap furbulous views, crisp clear air and refreshing water throughout this gorgeous region.
This area is home to mountain lions and black bears, so be prepared. Check in with the Ranger Station before going to a trailhead to determine trail accessibility and hazards.