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Mt Whitney

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.

Whitney Portal Sign Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access:
Mostly sunny and clear along with cold temperatures and a bit of wind for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is currenty open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of Dec 30th
Due to the recent storm the trail is snowed in from top to bottom. Be prepared for some very cold temperatures along with a fair amount of snow. Micro spikes or crampons, along with an ice ax and snowshoes, are a must now combined with winter mountaineering experience for any type of effort to gain the summit. The quota period has ended, so the permits are there for the asking.

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 its 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.


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

January 24 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. West northwest wind around 8 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 37. North northwest wind 10 to 13 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 24. West northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 39. West northwest wind around 8 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 29.
 
January 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 42.
 
January 27 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
 
January 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
 
January 28 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
January 29 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
 
January 29 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
January 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 45.


The Photo Above 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

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.

January 24 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 16. West northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 22. North northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -3. West northwest wind around 11 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
 
January 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 25.
 
January 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
January 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.
 
January 28 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
January 29 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25.
 
January 29 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 18.
 
January 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 28.
Whitney Summit Hut

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

January 24 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11. West northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 16. North wind 10 to 13 mph.
 
January 25 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -8. West northwest wind around 11 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 17. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
January 26 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10.
 
January 27 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 19.
 
January 27 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 11.
 
January 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.
 
January 28 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.
 
January 29 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.
 
January 29 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
 
January 30 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 22.


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