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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:
Cold temperatures with a chance of snow showers Tuesday through Thursday 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 March 5th
The Mt Whitney Trail at this point has a plenty of snow 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

March 25 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a west wind 25 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. 
 
March 26 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy, with a west wind 18 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
March 26 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Windy, with a west southwest wind 26 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. 
 
March 27 Wednesday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Windy, with a west southwest wind 28 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
March 27 Wednesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
March 28 Thursday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy. 
 
March 28 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
March 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 42.
 
March 29 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
March 30 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
March 30 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
 
March 31 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
March 31 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
April 1 Monday  A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49.
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.

March 25 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -8. Windy, with a west wind 33 to 37 mph. 
 
March 26 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a west wind 31 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
March 26 Tuesday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as -4. Windy, with a west southwest wind 32 to 34 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
March 27 Wednesday  Snow showers. High near 26. Wind chill values as low as -3. Windy, with a west southwest wind 33 to 38 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
March 27 Wednesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Windy, with a west wind 29 to 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
March 28 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 23. Windy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
March 28 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Blustery. 
 
March 29 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. Windy. 
 
March 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Windy. 
 
March 30 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. Blustery. 
 
March 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
 
March 31 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.
 
March 31 Sunday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
April 1 Monday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Breezy. 
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

March 25 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -15. Windy, with a west wind 33 to 38 mph. 
 
March 26 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -11. Windy, with a west wind 32 to 38 mph. 
 
March 26 Tuesday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -11. Windy, with a west wind 33 to 36 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
March 27 Wednesday  Snow showers. High near 21. Wind chill values as low as -10. Windy, with a west southwest wind 36 to 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
March 27 Wednesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 34 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
March 28 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 16. Windy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
March 28 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Breezy. 
 
March 29 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Windy. 
 
March 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Windy. 
 
March 30 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Blustery. 
 
March 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.
 
March 31 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.
 
March 31 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.
 
April 1 Monday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 23.

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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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