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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:
Chance of showers and thunderstorms off and on for the next several days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed a few miles from the trailhead, and this will add an extra 6 miles to your trip if you plan on going up on the mountain at this time. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is not in force for the next several months so the permits are there for the asking.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 15th
The Mt Whitney Trail is now clear 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

July 22 Sunday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 23 Monday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. North wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
July 23 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
July 24 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind 7 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. 
 
July 24 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. North northwest wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
July 25 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
 
July 25 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 61.
 
July 26 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
 
July 26 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 60.
 
July 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 81.
 
July 27 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 58.
 
July 28 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 78.
 
July 28 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 56.
 
July 29 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 78.
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.

July 22 Sunday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 
July 23 Monday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
July 23 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Northwest wind around 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight. 
 
July 24 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. East northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
July 24 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
July 25 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 69.
 
July 25 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
 
July 26 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
 
July 26 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 43.
 
July 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 65.
 
July 27 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
 
July 28 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 65.
 
July 28 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
 
July 29 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 63.
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

July 22 Sunday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Northwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 
July 23 Monday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
July 23 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northwest wind around 11 mph becoming southwest after midnight. 
 
July 24 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. East northeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
July 24 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
July 25 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 64.
 
July 25 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
July 26 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 63.
 
July 26 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
 
July 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
July 27 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
July 28 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
July 28 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
July 29 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 58.

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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
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