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Mt Whitney

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Weather on Mt Whitney varies greatly during the year and can certainly be unpredictable at times. Temperatures at the lower elevations are generally warm. At higher elevations in the night, even in the summer months temperatures can fall below freezing. Typical winter temperatures above 9,500 feet range from -14 degrees F to 12 degrees at night and from 15 - 50 degrees F during the day.

Ninety five percent of total precipitation (which includes both rain and snow) falls between the months of October and May, with more than half falling in January, February, and March. The frequency of summer showers increase at higher elevations and correspondingly there are more cloudy days. But even though these thundershowers are of short duration they are still a danger to the hiker/climber on the summit or high ridges on Mt Whitney and other Sierra Peaks. That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. The first recorded fatality on Mt Whitney was due to lightning.

Snow is one of the most spectacular features in the Sierra Nevada (the second snowiest mountain range on the continent) but due to the fact that Mt Whitney resides in the southern portion of the Sierra Nevada, it does not get nearly the amount of snow pack that the Palisade or Mammoth Lakes region do.

Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access for the next 7 days:
Sunny to partly cloudy except for Wednesday through Thursday next week where we have a chance of snow showers on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access road is open and clear. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is not in force for the next several months so the permits are there for the asking.

Latest Trail Conditions as of October 14th
The Mt Whitney Trail is clear and temperatures are cooling down, but sitll plenty of people are still going to the Summit.


MT WHITNEY AERIAL VIEW- We are proud to have the following link added to our Mt Whitney lineup. It is a mixed slide-show showing many key features of Mt Whitney and the surrounding areas from both the ground and the air. So click on the following link, turn up the music, use the biggest monitor you got in full screen video mode, and enjoy high resolution photos of Mt Whitney.
Mt Whitney Aerial Slide-show also check out our Mt Whitney Aerial Flight Video (a moving view completely around Mt Whitney and it's surrounding neighbors).
TRAIL GUIDE - for an in-depth write up on hiking from the Trailhead at Whitney Portal to the Summit, please check out our page on the
Mt Whitney Trail.
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THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE WHITNEY PORTAL AREA AT 8,300 FT
The Whitney Portal Hosts the Trail-head for Hikers, Backpackers and Climbers on Mt Whitney

January 19 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -2. Windy, with a west wind 22 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. 
 
January 20 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. West northwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Light and variable wind. 
 
January 21 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
January 22 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
January 22 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
January 23 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
 
January 23 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
January 24 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy. 
 
January 24 Wednesday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. Breezy. 
 
January 25 Thursday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Breezy. 
 
January 25 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
January 26 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy. 
Mt Whitney Trail Camp

Photo to the Left shows

Trail Camp on Mt Whitney at an elevation of 12,000 ft.

Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day.

Plenty of great sites already established so it makes for easy setup.2,496 feet of elevation left to gain before reaching the top!

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY TRAIL CAMP AT 12,000 FT
As mentioned above, most backpackers/climbers set up camp here before going for the summit.

January 19 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -16. Windy, with a west wind 22 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. 
 
January 20 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -12. North wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -10. Northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 3 to 5 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday Night  A 10 percent chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
 
January 22 Monday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 32.
 
January 22 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
January 23 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.
 
January 23 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
 
January 24 Wednesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 34.
 
January 24 Wednesday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Breezy. 
 
January 25 Thursday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Blustery. 
 
January 25 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
January 26 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 30.
Mt Whitney North Slope Mountaineer's Route Mt Whitney Mt Whitney
Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
Fresh Air Traverse 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,508 FT

January 19 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -19. Windy, with a west wind 23 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. 
 
January 20 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -15. North wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -14. Northwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 20. Northwest wind around 6 mph. 
 
January 21 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9.
 
January 22 Monday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 23.
 
January 22 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
 
January 23 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.
 
January 23 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
January 24 Wednesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Breezy. 
 
January 24 Wednesday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Breezy. 
 
January 25 Thursday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Windy. 
 
January 25 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Blustery. 
 
January 26 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Blustery. 

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Matt 7:24-27

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts
them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on
the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds
blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because
it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these
words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a
foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down,
the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that
house, and it fell with a great crash."



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