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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 rain and show showers Saturday through Wednesday then clearing 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 January 25th
The Mt Whitney Trail is had a 3-5 inch layer of snow with some drifts a bit deeper here and there, but with the cold temperatures things get somewhat icy so if you are trying for the Summit you will for sure need crampons and ice ax along with winter mountaineering experience to keep safe. Very few are making it to the top at this time, so plan accordingly.


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 19 Saturday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
 
May 19 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. West wind 6 to 9 mph. 
 
May 20 Sunday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. Calm wind becoming east southeast 5 to 9 mph. 
 
May 20 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
May 21 Monday  A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Northeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
May 21 Monday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 22 Tuesday  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 22 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
May 23 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
 
May 23 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
May 24 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.
 
May 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
 
May 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 68.
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.

May 19 Saturday   Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 19 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 20 Sunday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 20 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 21 Monday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. East northeast wind 6 to 16 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 21 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 22 Tuesday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 22 Tuesday Night  A chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
May 23 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
May 23 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
May 24 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
 
May 24 Thursday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
May 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 51.
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 19 Saturday   Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 19 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 20 Sunday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. South southeast wind 6 to 11 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 20 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm after midnight. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 21 Monday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. East northeast wind 7 to 16 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 21 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 22 Tuesday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 22 Tuesday Night  A chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
May 23 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy. 
 
May 23 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
May 24 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
May 24 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
May 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 50.

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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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