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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:
Chance of showers/thundershowers Sunday through Thursday next week 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 July 15th
The Whitney Portal Road is now open, temperatures are rising, and the melt off is in full swing. The Mt Whitney Trail mostly clear up to Trail Camp and from Trail Camp to Trail Crest people are now using the switchbacks but there are a few places that still have some snow and ice but there is a well worn path through it, but some folks are still using micro spikes and treaking poles to make it a bit safer. From Trail Crest to the summit you should not have any problems. Multitudes of people are now going to the Summit.


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
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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

July 22 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 82. East southeast wind around 10 mph. 
 
July 22 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 55. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
July 23 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. East southeast wind 5 to 13 mph. 
 
July 23 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. West wind 3 to 5 mph. 
 
July 24 Monday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning. 
 
July 24 Monday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
July 25 Tuesday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78.
 
July 25 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
 
July 26 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
 
July 26 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
 
July 27 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 78.
 
July 27 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 51.
 
July 28 Friday  Mostly 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.

July 22 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 69. Southeast wind around 10 mph. 
 
July 22 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. 
 
July 23 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. East southeast wind 8 to 13 mph. 
 
July 23 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. West southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. 
 
July 24 Monday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind 5 to 14 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 24 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
July 25 Tuesday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
 
July 25 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
July 26 Wednesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 67.
 
July 26 Wednesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
July 27 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 68.
 
July 27 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
 
July 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
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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

July 22 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 61. Southeast wind 9 to 11 mph. 
 
July 22 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40. South southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. 
 
July 23 Sunday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. East southeast wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
July 23 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. West wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
July 24 Monday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. 
 
July 24 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
 
July 25 Tuesday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56.
 
July 25 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
 
July 26 Wednesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60.
 
July 26 Wednesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
 
July 27 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
July 27 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
July 28 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

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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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