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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 Sunday night and Monday where we have a chance of snow showers 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

December 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22. West northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
December 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 43. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
December 13 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph increasing to 12 to 17 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a southwest wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. 
 
December 15 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
 
December 15 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20.
 
December 16 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
 
December 16 Sunday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
December 17 Monday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41.
 
December 17 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
December 18 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
 
December 18 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
December 19 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
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.

December 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 16. West northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
December 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 35. West wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
December 13 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -2. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Wind chill values as low as -3. Windy, with a west southwest wind 26 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. 
 
December 15 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
 
December 15 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.
 
December 16 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
December 16 Sunday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.
 
December 17 Monday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 28.
 
December 17 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
 
December 18 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
 
December 18 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
December 19 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
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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

December 12 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. West northwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
December 13 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 28. West northwest wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
December 13 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -9. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 16 to 21 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday  Partly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -9. Windy, with a southwest wind 29 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. 
 
December 14 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. 
 
December 15 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 26.
 
December 15 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 10.
 
December 16 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 24.
 
December 16 Sunday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.
 
December 17 Monday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 19.
 
December 17 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
December 18 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.
 
December 18 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.
 
December 19 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 30.

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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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