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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 for the next 7 days:
A 20% to 30% chance of showers through Sunday then clearing on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is open and clear. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force until November.

Latest Trail Conditions as of June 14th
The Whitney Portal Road is now open, temperatures are rising, and the melt off is in full swing. However, the Mt Whitney Trail is still covered in snow and ice starting at just past Outpost Camp / Mirror Lake (10,500 feet). Trail Camp still has a good amount of snow, and the switchbacks are filled with snow and ice. From Trail Crest on, there is still plenty of snow except in the windswept areas. All travel should be done in the early morning hours so your crampons and ice ax will work best. As the morning wears on, the snow will quickly soften, so its best to travel in the early hours before things heat up. Crampons and ice ax are a must for any attempt on the summit along with excellent mountaineering skills.


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 brand new Mt Whitney Aerial Flight Video
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

June 23 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 7 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
June 23 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 54. East northeast wind around 8 mph becoming northwest in the evening. 
 
June 24 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 9 mph in the evening. 
 
June 25 Sunday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. North northwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming south in the morning. 
 
June 25 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
 
June 26 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 81.
 
June 26 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 51.
 
June 27 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 80.
 
June 27 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 51.
 
June 28 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 79.
 
June 28 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 50.
 
June 29 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 79.
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.

June 23 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind. 
 
June 23 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. 
 
June 24 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Light and variable wind becoming north northeast 5 to 7 mph in the morning. 
 
June 24 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 6 mph. 
 
June 25 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. North northwest wind 8 to 16 mph becoming south in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. 
 
June 25 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
 
June 26 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 66.
 
June 26 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 38. Breezy. 
 
June 27 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 65.
 
June 27 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 39.
 
June 28 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 64.
 
June 28 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 37.
 
June 29 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 64.
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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

June 23 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Calm wind. 
 
June 23 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening. 
 
June 24 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming northeast around 6 mph. 
 
June 24 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Calm wind becoming north northwest around 6 mph. 
 
June 25 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. North northwest wind 8 to 16 mph becoming south in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. 
 
June 25 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
June 26 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
June 26 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 33. Breezy. 
 
June 27 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
June 27 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 34.
 
June 28 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
June 28 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 32.
 
June 29 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 56.

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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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