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Mt Whitney

Whitney Portal Sign
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:
Sunny to partly cloudy until Monday and going forward where we have a slight change of showers/snow showers on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of May 10th
The Mt Whitney Trail still has plenty of snow on it particularly above Trail Camp at 12,000 feet. The quota period for Mt Whitney is now in force as of May 1st 2020.


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.
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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

May 27 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West wind 7 to 10 mph. 
 
May 28 Thursday  Increasing clouds, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming east 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. 
 
May 28 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 57. West southwest wind 8 to 10 mph. 
 
May 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 77. South southeast wind 8 to 13 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph. 
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. South southwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. 
 
May 30 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy. 
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Breezy. 
 
May 31 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
 
May 31 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
 
June 1 Monday  A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65.
 
June 1 Monday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48.
 
June 2 Tuesday  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66.
 
June 2 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 47.
 
June 3 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
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.

May 27 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
May 28 Thursday  Increasing clouds, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming east in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. 
 
May 28 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. West wind 8 to 11 mph becoming south after midnight. 
 
May 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a southeast wind 14 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. 
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Southwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
May 30 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. Windy. 
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy. 
 
May 31 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Breezy. 
 
May 31 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
June 1 Monday  A chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43.
 
June 1 Monday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
June 2 Tuesday  A chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43.
 
June 2 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
June 3 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
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

May 27 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32. West northwest wind 7 to 11 mph. 
 
May 28 Thursday  Increasing clouds, with a high near 50. West southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming east in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. 
 
May 28 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31. West wind 8 to 11 mph becoming south after midnight. 
 
May 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a southeast wind 13 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph. 
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. South southwest wind 16 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 
 
May 30 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Windy. 
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy. 
 
May 31 Sunday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy. 
 
May 31 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
June 1 Monday  A chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
 
June 1 Monday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
June 2 Tuesday  A chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 36.
 
June 2 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
June 3 Wednesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 38.

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