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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:
Chance of rain/snow showers off and on for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is is now open and clear for access to the Trailhead

Latest Trail Conditions as of Aprin 1st
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

May 22 Wednesday Night  Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 31. Blustery, with a northwest wind 13 to 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
May 23 Thursday  A chance of snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain and snow showers between 9am and 11am, then rain showers likely after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 23 Thursday Night  A chance of rain showers, possibly mixing with snow after 9pm, then gradually ending. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
May 24 Friday  A 40 percent chance of showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. North northeast wind 11 to 18 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. 
 
May 24 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
May 25 Saturday  A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 
May 25 Saturday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy. 
 
May 26 Sunday  A chance of snow showers before 11am, then rain showers likely between 11am and 3pm, then rain and snow showers likely after 3pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy. 
 
May 26 Sunday Night  A chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
May 27 Memorial Day  A chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy. 
 
May 27 Monday Night  A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Breezy. 
 
May 28 Tuesday  A chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy. 
 
May 28 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy. 
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.

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

May 22 Wednesday Night  Scattered snow showers. Cloudy, with a low around 7. Blustery, with a northwest wind 16 to 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
May 23 Thursday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 10am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph becoming northeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
May 23 Thursday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. West northwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming northeast in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
May 24 Friday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. North northeast wind 16 to 18 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 24 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
May 25 Saturday  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 22. Breezy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 25 Saturday Night  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.
 
May 26 Sunday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 17. Breezy. 
 
May 26 Sunday Night  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
May 27 Memorial Day  A chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 18. Breezy. 
 
May 27 Monday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 11. Breezy. 
 
May 28 Tuesday  A chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 24. Blustery. 
 
May 28 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Blustery. 
 
May 29 Wednesday  A chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. Breezy. 

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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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