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Whitney Portal Sign
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 and clear except for a chance of snow showers on Saturday up high on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now closed four miles down from the trailhead so you will have that extra mileage for any attempt on climbing to the top of Mt Whitney. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force until November.

Latest Trail Conditions as of May 22nd
The Whitney Portal Road is now open. The Mt Whitney Trail is still covered in snow and ice starting from Lone Pine Lake / Outpost camp and further up. Trail Camp has a good amount of snow, and the switchbacks are filled with snow. From Trail Crest on, there is still plenty of snow except in the windswept areas. All travel should be done in the early morning hours so your crampons and ice ax will work best. As the morning wears on, the snow will quickly soften and snow shoes will be recommended if you want to make any kind of decent progress, so best to travel in the early hours before things heat up. After things heat up, your pace will slow to a crawl, to say the least, if you don't have snow shoes. Crampons and ice ax along with snowshoes (after late morning) are a must for any attempt on the summit along with excellent mountaineering skills.


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
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CURRENT AERIAL PHOTOS May 21st, 2017

I took all the below aerial photos this last Sunday to show current conditions.
You can get a good view of the camps below the switchbacks where you see a fair amount of snow still dominating the slopes. I could see hikers making their way up the slopes from the air, but they seemed to be going up the snow chute and not sticking to the switchbacks that still contain a good amount of snow as you can see.
This image, shows the switchbacks a bit clearer, and the surrounding conditions. Crampons and ice ax highly recommended along with an early start.
This image gives you a good view of the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek which is the Route you will most likely be taking if you do the Mountaineer's Route. Lots of snow still remains as of May 21st. You can also look over and see conditions on the Mt Whitney Trail side also.
Above you can clearly see the outline of the Trail in the snow. People have been going to the summit, but again, ice ax and crampons highly recommended.
As you approach the summit, there is a large windswept area where most of the snow has been blown off. When we flew over the summit, we saw about 6 people up there at around 9:45AM.

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 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 39. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. 
 
May 27 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon. 
 
May 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph after midnight. 
 
May 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east in the morning. 
 
May 28 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
 
May 29 Memorial Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
 
May 29 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.
 
May 30 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
 
May 30 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 46.
 
May 31 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
 
May 31 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.
 
June 1 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
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 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the evening. 
 
May 27 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon. 
 
May 27 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Northeast wind 3 to 5 mph. 
 
May 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 54. East wind 3 to 8 mph. 
 
May 28 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
 
May 29 Memorial Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
 
May 29 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
May 30 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.
 
May 30 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
May 31 Wednesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
 
May 31 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
June 1 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 60.
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 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 8 mph in the evening. 
 
May 27 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. 
 
May 27 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly clear, with a low around 23. Calm wind becoming east northeast around 5 mph. 
 
May 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 45. Calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. 
 
May 28 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
May 29 Memorial Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
 
May 29 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
May 30 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
May 30 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
 
May 31 Wednesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 53.
 
May 31 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
June 1 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 52.

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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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