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Mt Whitney

Whitney Portal Sign
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 but cold after Monday on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is is now closed at the gate at the 13 mile point due to snow. This adds about 7 miles of round trip hiking to the trailhead. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney had ended as of Nov 1st so the permits are now there for the asking.

Latest Trail Conditions as of December 15th
The Mt Whitney Trail at this point has a fair amount of snow on it from top to bottom.


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 21 Monday   A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Windy, with a north northwest wind 27 to 37 mph decreasing to 16 to 26 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. 
 
January 21 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -2. Blustery, with a northwest wind 21 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. 
 
January 22 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a north northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. 
 
January 22 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
January 23 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 46. North northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. 
 
January 23 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
January 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
January 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
January 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
January 25 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
January 26 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
January 26 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
January 27 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
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 21 Monday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -19. Windy, with a north northwest wind 28 to 33 mph decreasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
January 21 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -20. Blustery, with a north wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. 
 
January 22 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -14. Blustery, with a north wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. 
 
January 22 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -10. North wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 23 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 32. North northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
January 23 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12.
 
January 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 30.
 
January 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11.
 
January 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 31.
 
January 25 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12.
 
January 26 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 33.
 
January 26 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
 
January 27 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
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 21 Monday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 10. Wind chill values as low as -31. Windy, with a northwest wind 29 to 34 mph decreasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
January 21 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 1. Wind chill values as low as -28. Blustery, with a north wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. 
 
January 22 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as -23. Blustery, with a north wind 21 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. 
 
January 22 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -15. North wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 23 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 31. North northwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
January 23 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11.
 
January 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 29.
 
January 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11.
 
January 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 30.
 
January 25 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12.
 
January 26 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 32.
 
January 26 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14.
 
January 27 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.

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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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