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Mt Whitney

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.

Whitney Portal Sign Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access:
Widespread haze otherwise sunny and clear on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is currenty open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of May 24th
The Mt Whitney Trail has melted out a good deal since mid April, and reports are coming in that state that the trail is in fair condition. There are snow patches here and there, but you should not have a problem negotiating it. It is recommended that you carry microspikes at this point in time, but the bootprints left behind from earlier hikers make things much easier. So that being said, reaching the summit shouldn't be too much of a problem for those who are experienced hikers and are in good shape.

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 its 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.



Whitney Portal Store



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

September 26 Sunday   Widespread haze after 4pm. Areas of smoke before 4pm. Sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. 
 
September 26 Sunday Night  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 53. West wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
September 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 6 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
September 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 47. West wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. 
 
September 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 9 to 15 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. 
 
September 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
September 29 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 58.
 
September 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
 
September 30 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 62.
 
September 30 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
October 1 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 64.
 
October 1 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
 
October 2 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 65.


The Photo Above 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

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.

September 26 Sunday   Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
September 26 Sunday Night  Widespread haze before 3am, then widespread haze after 4am. Areas of smoke before 2am. Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
September 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 51. West southwest wind around 9 mph becoming east in the morning. 
 
September 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West southwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
September 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 45. West southwest wind around 16 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. 
 
September 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
September 29 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 39.
 
September 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25.
 
September 30 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
September 30 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
October 1 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
October 1 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
October 2 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 46.
Whitney Summit Hut

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,508 FT

September 26 Sunday   Areas of smoke. Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. East wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
September 26 Sunday Night  Widespread haze before 3am, then widespread haze after 5am. Areas of smoke before 2am. Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West southwest wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
September 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 7 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
September 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25. West southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
September 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 36. West southwest wind 15 to 17 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. 
 
September 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
 
September 29 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 31.
 
September 29 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
 
September 30 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 34.
 
September 30 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
October 1 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 37.
 
October 1 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
October 2 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 37.


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Sunrise Mt Whitney


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