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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:
Sunny and mostly clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is open. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is in force until the 1st of November, so you will need a permit for hiking or climbing Mt Whitney.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 15th
The Mt Whitney Trail is now clear 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

August 20 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
August 21 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. 
 
August 21 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 56. West wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
August 22 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. 
 
August 22 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 53. West wind 8 to 11 mph. 
 
August 23 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 76.
 
August 23 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
 
August 24 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 77.
 
August 24 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
 
August 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 77.
 
August 25 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
 
August 26 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 76.
 
August 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 53.
 
August 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 73.
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.

August 20 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37. West wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
August 21 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 61. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
August 21 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. West wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
August 22 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 60. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south southeast 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 
 
August 22 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 37. West wind 7 to 13 mph. 
 
August 23 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 59.
 
August 23 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
August 24 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 59.
 
August 24 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
August 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 58.
 
August 25 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
 
August 26 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
August 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
August 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy. 
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

August 20 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. West wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
August 21 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 54. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
August 21 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29. West southwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. 
 
August 22 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 53. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south southeast 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 
 
August 22 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 33. West wind 8 to 13 mph. 
 
August 23 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
August 23 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
August 24 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
August 24 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
August 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
August 25 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
August 26 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 51.
 
August 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
August 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy. 

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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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