In the image to the right you see the Mt Whitney group in early morning light known as "alpenglow" This is the most beautiful time of day for viewing and taking photos of Mt Whitney. Mt Whitney is the highest peak as seen in the right hand portion of the photo. Then working to the left of Mt Whitney we have Keeler, Crooks, and Third needle.
I took the photo shown here, as we were working our way up to Iceberg Lake at 6:43AM Sunday morning on May 27th 2014. You may wonder how I remember this, but the fact is I would never remember something like this, but thank goodness, my camera records all these little bits of information.
Permits are required for both overnight stays and day use when doing any of Mt Whitney's East Face Routes
, and this includes the Mountaineer's Route. As mentioned above, most climbers use the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek for access. You enter the Whitney Zone on the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek, just a bit above Lower Boy Scout Lake. Getting a permit in advance in this zone costs $15.00 per person and an additional $6.00 charge for the group. Securing a permit for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek is not quite as difficult as getting a permit for the Whitney Trail
, but it is still very difficult to obtain a permit when compared to other areas of the Sierra Nevada
. It has a very low quota of only 10 people for overnight trips and is part of the 100 person per day quota for the entire Whitney Zone Area. Permits for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek are not part of the Lottery
so you can pick one up at any time as long as there is availability. Check out following link for getting a permit for the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek