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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 to partly cloudy for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is open. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney had ended as of Nov 1st so the permits are now there for the asking.

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

November 15 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 55. North wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. 
 
November 15 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight. 
 
November 16 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 54. Light and variable wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon. 
 
November 16 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. 
 
November 17 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. 
 
November 17 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
 
November 18 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
November 18 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
November 19 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
November 19 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
November 20 Tuesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
November 20 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
November 21 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
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 15 Thursday   Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 40 by noon, then falling to around 30 during the remainder of the day. Northeast wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. 
 
November 15 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. West wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
November 16 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind around 8 mph becoming south southwest in the afternoon. 
 
November 16 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17. West wind around 9 mph. 
 
November 17 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. West wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. 
 
November 17 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
November 18 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
November 18 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
November 19 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
November 19 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
 
November 20 Tuesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
 
November 20 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
 
November 21 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
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 15 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 32. North northeast wind around 6 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. 
 
November 15 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. West wind 6 to 9 mph. 
 
November 16 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 31. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon. 
 
November 16 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11. West wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
November 17 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. West wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. 
 
November 17 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
 
November 18 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 26.
 
November 18 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
 
November 19 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 26.
 
November 19 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10.
 
November 20 Tuesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 25.
 
November 20 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11.
 
November 21 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 24.

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Mt Whitney Needles
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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