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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/thunderstorms until Thursday next week then clearing on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is open and clear. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force until November.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 28th
The Whitney Portal Road is now open, temperatures are rising, and the melt off is in full swing. The Mt Whitney Trail clear up to Trail Camp and from Trail Camp to Trail Crest there are a few snow patches but they should not present any problem. From Trail Crest to the summit should go smooth for you. Multitudes of people are now going to the Summit.


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

August 18 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 51. East southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. 
 
August 19 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
August 19 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. 
 
August 20 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. South southwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east in the morning. 
 
August 20 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming west in the evening. 
 
August 21 Monday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 71.
 
August 21 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44.
 
August 22 Tuesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
 
August 22 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
 
August 23 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
 
August 23 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
 
August 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 78.
 
August 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
 
August 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 77.
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.

August 18 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 38. East wind 6 to 10 mph. 
 
August 19 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. East wind 6 to 13 mph. 
 
August 19 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. 
 
August 20 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Southeast wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
August 20 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. 
 
August 21 Monday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
 
August 21 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
August 22 Tuesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
August 22 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
August 23 Wednesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
August 23 Wednesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
August 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 59.
 
August 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
August 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 59.
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

August 18 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 32. East southeast wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
August 19 Saturday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. East wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
August 19 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. 
 
August 20 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
August 20 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
August 21 Monday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
 
August 21 Monday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
August 22 Tuesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
 
August 22 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
August 23 Wednesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
August 23 Wednesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
August 24 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 51.
 
August 24 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
August 25 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 51.

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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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