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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:
Snow showers along with very cold temperatures for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is is now closed at the gate at the 13 mile point due to snow. This adds about 7 miles of round trip hiking to the trailhead. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney had ended as of Nov 1st so the permits are now there for the asking.

Latest Trail Conditions as of December 15th
The Mt Whitney Trail at this point has a fair amount of snow on it 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

February 11 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 19 to 24 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as -1. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 20 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly between 10pm and 4am, then snow after 4am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 25. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 37 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday  Snow before 10am, then rain and snow between 10am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 25 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday Night  Rain before 9pm, then rain and snow between 9pm and 2am, then snow after 2am. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 29. Windy, with a southwest wind 31 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday  Snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. 
 
February 15 Friday  A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 37. Breezy. 
 
February 15 Friday Night  A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 23. Breezy. 
 
February 16 Saturday  A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32.
 
February 16 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
 
February 17 Sunday  A chance of snow. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Blustery. 
 
February 17 Sunday Night  A chance of snow. Mostly clear, with a low around 14. Blustery. 
 
February 18 Washington's Birthday  A chance of snow. Sunny, with a high near 28.
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 11 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -19. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -15. Windy, with a west southwest wind 32 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a temperature rising to around 16 by 5am. Wind chill values as low as -15. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 37 to 43 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 20. Wind chill values as low as -4. Windy, with a southwest wind 31 to 38 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 23 to 29 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday Night  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 14. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 39 to 44 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 16 to 22 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday  Snow likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Very windy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 11 to 17 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Windy. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
February 15 Friday  A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 21. Windy. 
 
February 15 Friday Night  A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 7. Breezy. 
 
February 16 Saturday  A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 16. Blustery. 
 
February 16 Saturday Night  A chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 2.
 
February 17 Sunday  A chance of snow. Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 10. Blustery. 
 
February 17 Sunday Night  A chance of snow. Mostly clear, with a low around -1. Blustery. 
 
February 18 Washington's Birthday  A chance of snow. Sunny, with a high near 12. Blustery. 
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 11 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 2. Wind chill values as low as -26. Windy, with a west wind 21 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -19. Windy, with a west southwest wind 31 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. 
 
February 12 Tuesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 8. Wind chill values as low as -21. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 39 to 44 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 14. Wind chill values as low as -10. Windy, with a southwest wind 32 to 38 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 25 to 31 inches possible. 
 
February 13 Wednesday Night  Snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 8. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 39 to 44 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 17 to 23 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday  Snow likely, mainly before 4pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Partly sunny, with a high near 16. Very windy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 13 to 19 inches possible. 
 
February 14 Thursday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 8. Windy. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
February 15 Friday  A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 14. Windy. 
 
February 15 Friday Night  A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a low around 1. Windy. 
 
February 16 Saturday  A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 10. Breezy. 
 
February 16 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around -4.
 
February 17 Sunday  A chance of snow. Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 4. Blustery. 
 
February 17 Sunday Night  A chance of snow. Mostly clear, with a low around -6. Blustery. 
 
February 18 Washington's Birthday  A chance of snow. Sunny and cold, with a high near 5. Blustery. 

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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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