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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 Thursday and Friday where we have a chance of showers/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 15 Monday   Partly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
January 15 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 16 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Northwest wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. 
 
January 16 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 7 mph. 
 
January 17 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
January 17 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
January 18 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
January 18 Thursday Night  A chance of rain before 10pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy. 
 
January 19 Friday  A chance of snow before 10am, then a chance of snow showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy. 
 
January 19 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy. 
 
January 20 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
January 21 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
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 15 Monday   Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West southwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. 
 
January 15 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. 
 
January 16 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. 
 
January 16 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
January 17 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. West northwest wind around 6 mph. 
 
January 17 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
 
January 18 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy. 
 
January 18 Thursday Night  A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Windy. 
 
January 19 Friday  A chance of snow before 10am, then a chance of snow showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. Breezy. 
 
January 19 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Blustery. 
 
January 20 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
 
January 21 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 32.
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Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
Fresh Air Traverse 

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

January 15 Monday   Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 15 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. 
 
January 16 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 29. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. 
 
January 16 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. West northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
January 17 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. Northwest wind around 8 mph. 
 
January 17 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
January 18 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 31. Breezy. 
 
January 18 Thursday Night  A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Windy. 
 
January 19 Friday  A chance of snow before 10am, then snow showers likely after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. Breezy. 
 
January 19 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.
 
January 20 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.
 
January 20 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.
 
January 21 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 26.

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Mt Whitney Needles
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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