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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:
Mostly sunny to partly cloudy for the next seven days except for next Monday where we have a slight chance os showers/snow showers on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access road is open and clear. 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 October 14th
The Mt Whitney Trail is clear and temperatures are cooling down, but sitll plenty of people are still 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 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

November 22 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 7 to 13 mph. 
 
November 23 Thanksgiving Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light. 
 
November 23 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 24 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
November 24 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West southwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
November 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 64.
 
November 25 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy. 
 
November 26 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Windy. 
 
November 26 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Very windy. 
 
November 27 Monday  A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
 
November 27 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
November 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
November 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
November 29 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
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.

November 22 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
November 23 Thanksgiving Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West southwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
November 23 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
November 24 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
November 24 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Southwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
November 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 57. Windy. 
 
November 25 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Windy. 
 
November 26 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Strong and damaging winds. 
 
November 26 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Strong and damaging winds. 
 
November 27 Monday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Breezy. 
 
November 27 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
November 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
November 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
 
November 29 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
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

November 22 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
November 23 Thanksgiving Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
November 23 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. 
 
November 24 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
November 24 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. Southwest wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
November 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 49. Windy. 
 
November 25 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy. 
 
November 26 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Strong and damaging winds. 
 
November 26 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Strong and damaging winds. 
 
November 27 Monday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy. 
 
November 27 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
 
November 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 37.
 
November 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
 
November 29 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

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Mt Whitney Needles
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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