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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:
Mostly sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is currenty open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of May 7th
The Mt Whitney Trail still has enough snow to slow you down past Mirror Lake. When you get to Trail Camp, the switchbacks, and beyond, you will still encounter a fair amount of snow, and a couple of reports have come in complaining about plenty of postholing. It has been a low snow year, but cold temperatures for the most part have kept what has accumulated from melting. Temperatures are now heating up a bit, so if things continue, I would expect a good deal of melt off during this current month of May. We will just have to see how the month goes. I will try and post an update a few weeks from now on conditions.


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 its 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

May 10 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. North wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight. 
 
May 11 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 63. North northwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
May 11 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 45. South wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west after midnight. 
 
May 12 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 7 to 15 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. 
 
May 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 47. West wind 9 to 13 mph. 
 
May 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 70.
 
May 13 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
 
May 14 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 70.
 
May 14 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
May 15 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 62.
 
May 15 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
 
May 16 Sunday  A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
 
May 16 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
May 17 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 66.
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.

May 10 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24. North northeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming west southwest in the evening. 
 
May 11 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 41. West southwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. 
 
May 11 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 12 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 46. West southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
May 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. West northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. 
 
May 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
May 13 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
May 14 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
May 14 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
May 15 Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy. 
 
May 15 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
May 16 Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
May 16 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
May 17 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 43.
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

May 10 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 19. North northeast wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest in the evening. 
 
May 11 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 34. West wind 8 to 10 mph becoming north northwest in the afternoon. 
 
May 11 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
May 12 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 39. West southwest wind 8 to 14 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
May 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24. West northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. 
 
May 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 41.
 
May 13 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
May 14 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 40.
 
May 14 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
May 15 Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy. 
 
May 15 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18.
 
May 16 Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
May 16 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
 
May 17 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 37.

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