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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:
Mostlly sunny and clear except for Saturday and Sunday where we have a slight chance of snow on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed two and a half miles before the Trailhead making the approach a total of 5 miles longer.

Latest Trail Conditions as of January 2nd
The Mt Whitney Trail is snow filled from top to bottom. Winter conditions are in full swing. The quota period FOR Mt Whitney ended November 2nd so permits are there for the asking until May 1st 2020.


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

February 24 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 31. West northwest wind 10 to 13 mph. 
 
February 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 45. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
February 25 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Northwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
February 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 7 to 9 mph. 
 
February 26 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 33. Northwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
February 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
February 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
February 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
February 28 Friday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
March 1 Saturday  Partly sunny, with a high near 45.
 
March 1 Saturday Night  A chance of flurries with a slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
March 2 Sunday  A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
 
March 2 Sunday Night  A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
March 3 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.
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.

February 24 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 15. Wind chill values as low as zero. North northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
February 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 28. Wind chill values as low as zero. North wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
February 25 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. North wind around 11 mph. 
 
February 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 30. North northwest wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. 
 
February 26 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 17. Northwest wind around 10 mph. 
 
February 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 29.
 
February 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
February 28 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 30.
 
February 28 Friday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.
 
March 1 Saturday  Partly sunny, with a high near 28.
 
March 1 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
 
March 2 Sunday  A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 20.
 
March 2 Sunday Night  A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7.
 
March 3 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22.
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

February 24 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -5. North northwest wind around 10 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
February 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 22. North wind 13 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
February 25 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. North wind 11 to 13 mph. 
 
February 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. North northwest wind around 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
February 26 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 12. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph. 
 
February 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 23.
 
February 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.
 
February 28 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 24.
 
February 28 Friday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.
 
March 1 Saturday  Partly sunny, with a high near 21.
 
March 1 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow. Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
March 2 Sunday  A chance of snow. Partly sunny, with a high near 13.
 
March 2 Sunday Night  A slight chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 2. Blustery. 
 
March 3 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Blustery. 

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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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