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Mt Whitney

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:
Mostly sunny and clear except Tuesday through Thursday where it will be cloudy on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is is now open and clear for access to the Trailhead

Latest Trail Conditions as of October 3rd
The Mt Whitney Trail is looking good throughout.


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 11 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. 
 
November 12 Tuesday  Increasing clouds, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the morning. 
 
November 12 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Light west wind. 
 
November 13 Wednesday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. 
 
November 13 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. West wind around 6 mph. 
 
November 14 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
November 14 Thursday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
November 15 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
 
November 15 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
November 16 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
November 16 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
November 17 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
November 17 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
November 18 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
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 11 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 34. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
November 12 Tuesday  Increasing clouds, with a high near 45. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. 
 
November 12 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 36. West wind around 6 mph. 
 
November 13 Wednesday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. 
 
November 13 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. West wind around 8 mph. 
 
November 14 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
November 14 Thursday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
November 15 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
 
November 15 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
November 16 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 37.
 
November 16 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
November 17 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
November 17 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
November 18 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
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 11 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 27. North wind around 7 mph becoming west after midnight. 
 
November 12 Tuesday  Increasing clouds, with a high near 38. Northwest wind around 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
November 12 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 30. West wind around 7 mph. 
 
November 13 Wednesday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. West southwest wind around 8 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
November 13 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind around 8 mph. 
 
November 14 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
November 14 Thursday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
November 15 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.
 
November 15 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
 
November 16 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 30.
 
November 16 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
 
November 17 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
November 17 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
November 18 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

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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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