ElevationAscent: 2,910' 887 m
Descent: -2,910' -887 m
High: 8,531' 2,600 m
Low: 5,948' 1,813 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 55% (29°)
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“This basic loop consists of runign the Whitewash Trail to Oso Pass then coming back down the Embudo Trail.”— Brian Pilgrim
Whitewash Trail can be difficult to find and follow going up unless you already know it. This is mostly because of multiple user trails that cross it and split from it within the first mile. There is also the fact that it's completely unmarked at any point. It's easier to find the first time by doing this loop in reverse. Once you get to the Oso Pass intersection using the Embudo Trail you take a hard left onto Whitewash. It's unmarked but it is the only option for a hard left.
Once you get far enough down along Whitewash to where you have the multiple user trail it's not hard to find your way because you can see all the southern foothills, so you just keep heading down. The nice thing about Whitewash is that it's great climbing going up, it's scenic once you start getting higher up on the mountain, and it is little used. The largest number of people I've seen in a day on the trail is two.
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