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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:
Chance of snow on Sunday night and Monday, then mostly clear but cold for the rest of next week 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 The quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney no longer in force until May 1st (so permits are available just for the asking)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 January 20th
The Whitney Portal Road is closed four miles from the Trailhead. The Mt Whitney Trail has heavy snow and ice from start to finish and it gets very 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 also has very heavy snow. All this makes it extremely time consuming and difficult to reach the Summit. Crampons and ice ax are a must for any attempt on the summit along with expert winter mountaineering experience.

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 Flight Around Mt Whitney 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

February 25 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. West wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 3 to 7 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Wind chill values as low as -2. Windy, with a west southwest wind around 33 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Windy, with a west southwest wind 23 to 33 mph decreasing to 8 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. West wind 8 to 10 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17.
 
March 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
March 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
March 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 49.
 
March 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
March 3 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
March 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
March 4 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 51.
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.

February 25 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -4. West wind 6 to 11 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as zero. West southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Wind chill values as low as -11. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 26 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 22. Wind chill values as low as -15. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 24 to 29 mph decreasing to 16 to 21 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. West northwest wind around 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 24.
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10.
 
March 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 30.
 
March 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17.
 
March 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 36.
 
March 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
 
March 3 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 39.
 
March 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
March 4 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 36.
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

February 25 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 0. Wind chill values as low as -12. West wind 6 to 13 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 17. Wind chill values as low as -6. West southwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. 
 
February 26 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Wind chill values as low as -17. Windy, with a west southwest wind 30 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -22. Windy, with a west southwest wind 26 to 31 mph decreasing to 17 to 22 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph. 
 
February 27 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
February 28 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.
 
February 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 3.
 
March 1 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 25.
 
March 1 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11.
 
March 2 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 28.
 
March 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 13.
 
March 3 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 31.
 
March 3 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
 
March 4 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 29.

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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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