White Bark Vista is a spectacular viewpoint of the central Sierra Nevada mountains that is accessible via a short 4×4 road. It lies in Sierra National Forest. Alexa, Heidi the dog, and I car camped there July 18th-19th, 2020.
This post is a photo op. That means it is more a collection of pictures from a location than a description of a trip or adventure. Enjoy!
We drove the scenic route from Fresno up Highway 168 towards the vista. Along the way we passed by Shaver Lake and Huntington Lake. Both of these lakes were packed with people enjoying the summer weather. We stopped once on the way to let Heidi splash around in a creek.
At the end of Highway 168 we turned right onto Kaiser Pass Road. After several miles the road got very narrow and winding. I wouldn’t recommend it for large RVs or anyone towing a trailer. 7.3 miles after turning onto Kaiser Pass Road we arrived at the pass. There were a couple pit toilets and a nice but small dirt parking lot.
From the pass we took the 4×4 road towards White Bark Vista. When I say 4×4 road, I mean that we needed reasonably high clearance for it. 4WD was helpful but not 100% required. We were able to get through it just fine in our 2015 Subaru Outback.
After a mile we reached the edge of a ridge with incredible views of the Sierra Nevada stretching in front of us. We paralleled the ridge a bit to find a nice spot to camp and got setup. We relaxed, enjoyed the view, and did a bit of exploring. Here’s some pictures!
Alexa and I read about Comet NEOWISE but hadn’t been able to see it from Fresno. We were hopeful that from the high vantage point of the vista that we would be able to see it. Amazingly, we did! I could barely make it out with my eyes but got a better view with binoculars. Taking pictures made it stand out even more than what we could see with our eyes.
After sunrise we had breakfast and went on a hike to Mount Givens, which was visible from the vista. Overall it was a great trip with more beautiful views than I could really deal with.