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Mt Whitney

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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:
Mostly sunny and clear to partly cloudy for the next seven days on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now closed four miles down from the trailhead so you will have that extra mileage for any attempt on climbing to the top of Mt Whitney. The quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney no longer in force until May 1st (so permits are available just for the asking)

Latest Trail Conditions as of April 21st
The Whitney Portal Road is closed four miles from the Trailhead. The Mt Whitney Trail is still covered in snow and ice from start to finish and it gets heavy from outpost camp to Trail Camp. After that you will find deep snow pack most of the way so the trail is completely buried all the way to Trail Crest. From Trail Crest to the summit there will be continuous heavy snow pack (and ice during the morning hours). All this makes it extremely time consuming and difficult to reach the Summit. Latest reports say that the snow has firmed up in the early morning to late morning hours so crampons and ice ax work well. From late morning on, the snow gets soft and without snowshoes you will be doing a lot of postholing which would slow your pace to a crawl, to say the least. Crampons and ice ax along with snowshoes (after late morning) are a must for any attempt on the summit along with excellent mountaineering and navigation skills.


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 brand new Mt Whitney Aerial Flight Video
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

April 26 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Northwest wind 11 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. 
 
April 26 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Windy, with a west northwest wind 26 to 31 mph decreasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 56. North northeast wind around 11 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
April 29 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
April 29 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
April 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
April 30 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
May 1 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 61.
 
May 1 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
May 2 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 61.
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.

April 26 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy, with a west northwest wind 24 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
April 26 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a west northwest wind 32 to 37 mph decreasing to 26 to 31 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Breezy, with a northwest wind 23 to 28 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. Blustery, with a northwest wind 17 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 37. North wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 13.
 
April 29 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
April 29 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
April 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
April 30 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
May 1 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
May 1 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
May 2 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 42.
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

April 26 Wednesday   Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Windy, with a west northwest wind 23 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
April 26 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west northwest wind 33 to 38 mph decreasing to 26 to 31 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Breezy, with a northwest wind 23 to 28 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. 
 
April 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Blustery, with a northwest wind 18 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 31. North wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
April 28 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10.
 
April 29 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 40.
 
April 29 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
 
April 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
April 30 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
May 1 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
May 1 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
May 2 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 35.

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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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