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Mt Whitney

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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:
Mostly sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed a few miles from the trailhead, and this will add an extra 6 miles to your trip if you plan on going up on the mountain at this time. The quota system for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is not in force for the next several months so the permits are there for the asking.

Latest Trail Conditions as of June 4th
The Mt Whitney Trail is mostly clear all the way to Trail Camp but from Trail Camp to Trail Crest, there is 100 percent snow cover and the snow and ice have been stubborn and not melting out very fast. Crampons or Micro-Spikes alnog with ice ax are definetly recommended. Lots of ice in this section! From Trail Crest to the Summit is about 60% covered in snow and ice. But even with all this, lots of people are still 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 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

June 23 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 50. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
June 24 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 6 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 48. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming west northwest in the evening. 
 
June 25 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 80. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 6 to 11 mph in the morning. 
 
June 25 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 48. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the evening. 
 
June 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 83.
 
June 26 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 48.
 
June 27 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 84.
 
June 27 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 47.
 
June 28 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 81.
 
June 28 Thursday Night  Clear, with a low around 45.
 
June 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 77.
 
June 29 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 45.
 
June 30 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 76.
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 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 40. North northeast wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
June 24 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 38. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming northwest after midnight. 
 
June 25 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 66. South southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
June 25 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 34. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph. 
 
June 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 66.
 
June 26 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 34.
 
June 27 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 66.
 
June 27 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 36.
 
June 28 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 64.
 
June 28 Thursday Night  Clear, with a low around 30.
 
June 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 61.
 
June 29 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 33.
 
June 30 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 58.
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

June 23 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 36. North northeast wind 6 to 8 mph. 
 
June 24 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 33. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming north northwest in the evening. 
 
June 25 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 60. South southeast wind 7 to 13 mph. 
 
June 25 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33. South wind 6 to 8 mph becoming west after midnight. 
 
June 26 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
June 26 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 30.
 
June 27 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
June 27 Wednesday Night  Clear, with a low around 31.
 
June 28 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
June 28 Thursday Night  Clear, with a low around 25.
 
June 29 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
June 29 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 28.
 
June 30 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 49.

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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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