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Mt Whitney

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.

Whitney Portal Sign Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access:
Sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of June 24th
The trail is now clear up to Trail Camp at 12,000 feet and then after that there are only a few snow patches here and there all the way to the Summit. Lots of folks going to the top now. The quota period is in force now, so permits are required for both day hikes and overnight attempts to gain 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 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.


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

Thursday  6/30  Sunny, with a high near 76. West southwest wind 7 to 16 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
 
Thursday Night 6/30  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. Breezy, with a west wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph.
 
Friday 7/1  Sunny, with a high near 76. North northwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon.
 
Friday Night 7/1  Mostly clear, with a low around 54. West wind around 11 mph.
 
Saturday 7/2  Sunny, with a high near 75. North northwest wind 10 to 16 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.
 
Saturday Night 7/2  Clear, with a low around 51.
 
Sunday 7/3  Sunny, with a high near 72.
 
Sunday Night 7/3  Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
 
Monday 7/4  Sunny, with a high near 71.
 
Monday Night 7/4  Mostly clear, with a low around 50.
 
Tuesday 7/5  Sunny, with a high near 73.
 
Tuesday Night 7/5  Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
 
Wednesday 7/6  Sunny, with a high near 75.


The Photo Above 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. From here you will have 2,496 feet of elevation gain left before reaching the summit.

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.

Thursday  6/30  Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
 
Thursday Night 6/30  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
Friday 7/1  Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 10 to 13 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
 
Friday Night 7/1  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 9 to 13 mph.
 
Saturday 7/2  Sunny, with a high near 55. West northwest wind 13 to 16 mph becoming south southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
 
Saturday Night 7/2  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
Sunday 7/3  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
Sunday Night 7/3  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
Monday 7/4  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
Monday Night 7/4  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
Tuesday 7/5  Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
Tuesday Night 7/5  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
Wednesday 7/6  Sunny, with a high near 55.



Whitney Summit Hut

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

Thursday  6/30  Sunny, with a high near 46. West southwest wind 11 to 16 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
 
Thursday Night 6/30  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. West southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
 
Friday 7/1  Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind around 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
 
Friday Night 7/1  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. West wind 10 to 13 mph.
 
Saturday 7/2  Sunny, with a high near 47. West northwest wind 13 to 16 mph becoming southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
 
Saturday Night 7/2  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
 
Sunday 7/3  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
Sunday Night 7/3  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
Monday 7/4  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
Monday Night 7/4  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
 
Tuesday 7/5  Sunny, with a high near 46.
 
Tuesday Night 7/5  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
Wednesday 7/6  Sunny, with a high near 47.


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