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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:
Mostly sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

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

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 10th
The Mt Whitney Trail at this point is melting out quickly due to warmer temperatures. From the Trailhead to Trail Camp things are in not too bad of condition but from Trail Camp to Trail Crest you will still encounter lots of snow and most people are using ice ax and crampons (or microspikes) to ascend the chute via a direct route up the slope to trail crest. Conditions are icy in the morning but as the day goes punching through the snow and postholing can be a problem. From Trailcrest to the Summit you will still encounter some snow and ice so caution is advised in areas where the route can get narrow.


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

July 15 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 54. Calm wind becoming west southwest 5 to 9 mph after midnight. 
 
July 16 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 81. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm. 
 
July 16 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 56. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming northwest after midnight. 
 
July 17 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 17 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. South southwest wind 6 to 9 mph. 
 
July 18 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
 
July 18 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
 
July 19 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 78.
 
July 19 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
 
July 20 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 77.
 
July 20 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
 
July 21 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 77.
 
July 21 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 55.
 
July 22 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
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.

July 15 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 34. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. 
 
July 16 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 6 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. 
 
July 16 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 36. West northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light northwest. 
 
July 17 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 63. West southwest wind 9 to 17 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. 
 
July 17 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. 
 
July 18 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy. 
 
July 18 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
July 19 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
July 19 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
July 20 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy. 
 
July 20 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
July 21 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
July 21 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
July 22 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy. 
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Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
Fresh Air Traverse 

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

July 15 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 28. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight. 
 
July 16 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 53. West southwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
July 16 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 29. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph. 
 
July 17 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 6 to 11 mph becoming south 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 
 
July 17 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. South wind 13 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
July 18 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Breezy. 
 
July 18 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
July 19 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 46.
 
July 19 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
July 20 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy. 
 
July 20 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
July 21 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
July 21 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
July 22 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. 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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