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Mt Whitney

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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 and clear except for Thursday and Friday where we have a chance of showers/snow showers on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access road is open and clear. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force until November.

Latest Trail Conditions as of August 30th
The Mt Whitney Trail is clear and 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 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

September 20 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 22 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. 
 
September 21 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Windy, with a west wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 21 to 31 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph. 
 
September 21 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. North northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light north after midnight. 
 
September 22 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. North wind 6 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
September 22 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
September 23 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
September 23 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
September 24 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 58.
 
September 24 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
September 25 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
September 25 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
September 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 63.
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.

September 20 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a west wind 23 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. 
 
September 21 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 37 by noon, then falling to around 25 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a west wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
September 21 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming light north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. 
 
September 22 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
September 22 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 17.
 
September 23 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 41.
 
September 23 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18.
 
September 24 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 46.
 
September 24 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
September 25 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
September 25 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
September 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 55.
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

September 20 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Windy, with a west southwest wind 24 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. 
 
September 21 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 35 by noon, then falling to around 25 during the remainder of the day. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
September 21 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 6. Northwest wind 12 to 17 mph becoming light north in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. 
 
September 22 Friday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 29. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. 
 
September 22 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11.
 
September 23 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 34.
 
September 23 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12.
 
September 24 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 40.
 
September 24 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18.
 
September 25 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
September 25 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
 
September 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 50.

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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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