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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:
Cold temperatures and a chance of snow Tuesday through Saturday on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is is now closed at the gate at the 13 mile point due to snow. This adds about 7 miles of round trip hiking to the trailhead. 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 March 5th
The Mt Whitney Trail at this point has a plenty of snow 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

March 18 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Southwest wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
March 19 Tuesday  A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
March 19 Tuesday Night  Rain and snow showers likely before 10pm, then snow showers. Low around 27. Breezy, with a southeast wind 18 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
March 20 Wednesday  Snow showers. High near 38. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
March 20 Wednesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 14 to 20 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
March 21 Thursday  Snow showers likely, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
March 21 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
March 22 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
 
March 22 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
 
March 23 Saturday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Breezy. 
 
March 23 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly clear, with a low around 27. Breezy. 
 
March 24 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
 
March 24 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy. 
 
March 25 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Breezy. 
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.

March 18 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -5. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
March 19 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 27. Wind chill values as low as -6. Breezy, with a southeast wind 16 to 21 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. 
 
March 19 Tuesday Night  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 7. Wind chill values as low as -14. Windy, with a southeast wind 24 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. 
 
March 20 Wednesday  Snow showers. High near 19. Wind chill values as low as -15. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 24 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible. 
 
March 20 Wednesday Night  Snow showers. Low around 11. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
March 21 Thursday  Snow showers, mainly after 11am. High near 20. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. 
 
March 21 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
March 22 Friday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Breezy. 
 
March 22 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Breezy. 
 
March 23 Saturday  Snow showers likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. Windy. 
 
March 23 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Breezy. 
 
March 24 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Blustery. 
 
March 24 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Blustery. 
 
March 25 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Breezy. 
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

March 18 Monday Night  Increasing clouds, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -11. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
March 19 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 25. Wind chill values as low as -8. Breezy, with a southeast wind 16 to 21 mph increasing to 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 38 mph. 
 
March 19 Tuesday Night  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 6. Wind chill values as low as -21. Windy, with a southeast wind 25 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible. 
 
March 20 Wednesday  Snow showers. High near 18. Wind chill values as low as -22. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. 
 
March 20 Wednesday Night  Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Breezy, with a northwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
March 21 Thursday  Snow showers, mainly after 11am. High near 19. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. 
 
March 21 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
March 22 Friday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 23. Breezy. 
 
March 22 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy. 
 
March 23 Saturday  Snow showers likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Windy. 
 
March 23 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 9. Windy. 
 
March 24 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 23. Blustery. 
 
March 24 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Blustery. 
 
March 25 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. Windy. 

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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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