Lots of mosquitoes in Granite Basin. Mt Whitney, in California, is the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet.When the trail is free of snow in the summer months to early fall, you can follow a well maintained trail up to the summit. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. Otherwise trail is in good condition. Let’s get that out there right now. Whitney. Crossed without needing special equipment. Wind chill values as low as -9. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the South Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. In the most favorable conditions (late summer) it takes efficient hikers about 12 hours to get up and down, but we … 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. They may come in very handy. 10/3 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire and SQF Complex, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: All lands within the exterior boundary of Sequoia National Park in the Kern River drainage, Tule River drainage, East Fork Kaweah River drainage, and the portion of the Middle Fork Kaweah River drainage south of a line defined by the river and the ridge between the Hamilton Lakes basin and Eagle Scout Creek drainage For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. The hike is 22 miles round trip gaining just over 6700 feet of elevation.. Beginning of the Mt Whitney trail at Whitney Portal, … You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 29. For more information on trails starting on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, contact the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office at (760) 873-2483 or check their trail conditions page for more information. We walked the whole night (of course took lots of breaks) At night the weather gets really cold (Need down jacket, winter hat nice gloves) We Summited around 8:10 am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. The mountain will still be there next year. To Ranger Lake, Trail in good condition. Panther Creek is flowing high 3-4" of rocks visible above the water line. There were only small patches that were easy to avoid. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Consider all possibilities before you head out on your trip and check out the Trail Safety page for more information on the potential hazards of wilderness travel. Whitney is a 10.7 mile (17.1 km) trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. Hiking poles recommended. Between that lower lake and Helen Lake there are two steep snow patches 20 feet long. For more information, check the web pages for Sequoia, Inyo, and Sierra national forests. 11/25 - About 40% of the trail is snow/ice covered. Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks. 2 downed trees- both are stock passable. 7/4 - Still significant snow on steep, high-consequence. Wind chill values as low as -8. Mt. Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. May require shallow wading to get across some. Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures for the next 7 days on Mt Whitney. For more information please call the Wilderness Office at (559) 565-3766. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. Inyo side above 11,500 ft patchy snow. Trail follows the best route through this area. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. One of those is 1/2 -mile before Big Wet Meadow- It is a 'stock stopper.' There is a stock-stopper boulder on the North Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. 7/2 - North Side: half-dozen patches of snow, only partially cover the switches, easily avoidable by hikers. The Mount Whitney Trail, starting at the Whitney Portal, is the most popular route to the summit, and travels for 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain over 6000 feet (1820 m). Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. For more information please see the Inyo National Forest website and closure order. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Whitney Trail (11 miles each way, 6,000 feet of gain) distributed lottery-style months in advance of their desired date to go. Small patches of snow above 11,000ft, bigger patches of snow above 11,800ft. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. Below the tarn there is a much bigger snowfield; it can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. 10/3 - Due to the SQF Fire Complex, formed when the Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire merged south of Sequoia National Park, trail closures are in effect in Sequoia National Forest's Golden Trout Wilderness. Hiking poles recommended. 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. 11/16 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter. 11/30 – Expect winter condtions above 9,000 ft. 7/10- Creek crossing between Kern Hot Spring and Kaweah Gap easy fording and no snow. Check the Sequoia National Forest website for details. 7/10- Chagoopa Plateau: Several down trees, not good for equestrians. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. Traction devices (micro spikes) strongly recommended. Plenty of great sites already established so it makes for easy setup.2,496 feet of elevation left to gain before reaching the top! Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between mid-July and early … The Mt. (Days 3-6): A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri night. 2 large rocks (2ftx3) on lower switches, partially blocking the trail. Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available to us. Hikers should use caution if attempting to cross on the logjam as they can shift without warning.Glen Pass: The North side of the pass has a well-established snowfield crossing and then some navigation required down the scree field to meet back up with the trail a few hundred feet down.The scree field is a bit loose. Guitar Lake to Mt. Dec 16. 7/12 - Snow-free. As mentioned above, most backpackers/climbers set up camp here before going for the summit. Mt Whitney is no every Hikes' Bucket list. California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. 7/6 - Marvin Pass to Comanche Meadow: Trail obscured by white thorn bushes in several spots. August 13, 2019 . Bears appear to be unfazed by mild hazing. Visitors should not expect to be able to store their food in a food storage at Kearsarge Lakes. There is one tree down about ½ mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes junction that could be a stock-stopper. Please call Darrington Ranger District at 360-436-1155 to give a conditions report after your visit. Trail Camp on Mt Whitney at an elevation of 12,000 ft. defeinbe - Jun 3, 2019 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2017 You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions. 7/7 - 4 downed trees between Roaring River and Big Wet Meadow. 5 downed trees- all are stock passable. The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed. Majority of snow was east of 'the hump.' Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Moraine Lake passable. Whitney switchbacks to one-mile from Whitney summit: a few small snow patches. Better Yourself. There are a few small patches that can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. The trail is usually snow-free from July to late September. Temperatures at the lower elevations are generally warm. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. 7/23 - Charlotte Lakes: Multiple reports of bears obtaining food rewards from improperly stored food in Kearsarge Lakes, Charlotte Lake, Vidette Meadow, and Bubbs Creek areas. 47050 Generals Highway Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. This route skirts the crowds of the Mt. Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. There is no way around it for stock, maybe they could go over it. Wind chill values as low as -4. For snowpack data, visit the California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. 11/30 - Expect winter condtions above 9,000 ft. 7/1 - Trail mostly clear, a few downed trees, Trail kind of disappears for a short period of time just after Frypan Meadow, but then picks up again. 6/10 - Roaring River to Kern Ranger Station: All stream crossings 2 feet or less, not swift but slippery. 6/20 - 90% snow-free. Last of switchbacks has 30 foot-long patch avoidable by crawling over boulders. The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. 30° 17° 4%. The Mount Whitney Trail is a trail that climbs Mount Whitney.It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California.The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). Traction devices (micro-spikes) strongly recommended. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. 11/19 - TH to top of the 'hump' is 25% snow/ice-covered, 'hump' to Pear Lake is 65% snow/ice-covered. Road Conditions; Fire Weather; User Defined Area; Recreation Forecasts; Click Map For Forecast Disclaimer. This route is usually done in about three days, though more time can be taken to acclimate to the elevation. Whitney Ranger District are not cleared of snow or rock fall in winter. North northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. At 14, 508 feet, it is the highest point in the continental United State of America and the only mountain outside of Alaska that soars above 14, 500. The Tablelands. Expect many downed trees across the trail. This is a great class 3 route to the summit of Mt. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. 7/16 - Ranger Lake to Belle Canyon Pass Trail (including spur trails to Lost Lake and Seville Lake) is in good condition. But even the cables can be rendered useless in early season, so check trail conditions if you plan on hiking Mt Whitney in spring or in early summer during years of heavy snowfall. Saturday  A chance of snow showers. Whitney Trail in favor of a more technical, but more rewarding approach. 7/12 - The West side is snow-free. 7/23 - Kearsarge Lakes: The food storage locker at Kearsarge Lake was moved last season and will not be replaced/moved back until a trail crew is able to make it out there (later in the season). Crampons and ice ax (and the knowledge of how to use them) may be necessary during these times. This closure will remain in effect until sites can be inspected and hazard trees removed. 7/28 - Pass is snow-free. 11/16 - Road to the trailhead is not plowed in winter. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Not recommended for stock. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Goat Mountain. But for those who want to hike Mount Whitney in one day, this is the recap for you! West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. West southwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. At higher elevations in the night, even in the summer months temperatures can fall below freezing. If you're planning a trip in the park that crosses into the national forest, check SQF Complex fire conditions before you hike, and expect smoke impacts. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. The East Side holds a 100ft long, steep, rotten patch of snow. There were only 3 downed trees on the trail and they were easy to cross. The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th The Mt Whitney Trail is mostly clear except for a few patches of snow here and there due to very little snowfall since early November. East side of Mt. On the park side some snow- no special equipment required. At 3 a.m. on June 10, my brother-in-law Dan and I started walking uphill from the Whitney Portal trailhead. 6/19 - Bishop Pass- E. side, lower down 10 to 20 foot, long patches covering trail, avoidable. Getting There. Hikers can park at Hospital Rock and walk to the trailhead. 11/23 - Micro spikes still necessary. 5/28 - Observed from Little Baldy. The South Side has one small remaining snow patch. 7/16 - JO Pass to JO Pass/Twin Lakes jtn: 7 downed trees- one may be stock impassable. 6/22 - South side of Muir Pass:Trail is snow-free to lake below Helen Lake. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. 17% PM. Whitney can be most directly reached by a 10.7 mile (17.1 km) trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. Whitney , Sequoia National Park Miles: 22 round trip That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 7/12 - Snow-free on the South Side. 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable 6/8 - New Army Pass had large patches of snow and one patch of ice on 6/8, majority of it was up at the pass descending into Cottonwood Lakes basin, used microspikes and poles for a short section up there to get down. Trail is easy to follow. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -6°C on Sun morning, min -10°C on Tue night). Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast. Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail Hiked with 2 friends. Wilderness Permits are required year round for all overnight wilderness travel, even in winter. If you are climbing the Mountaineer's Route, though, micro-spikes won't help. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. 13110 ft) Last Update: 12:59 pm PST Dec 19, 2020. At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. The Mount Whitney Trail is a 22 mile out-and-back route that delivers hikers to the top of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park. There is also large logjam less than 1/4 mile downstream from the old bridge. Traction devices are a good idea if crossing early in the morning or late in the day. This is a long and strenuous out-and-back trek that summits Mt. 100 foot patch of snow on top of Pass. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. You can also camp at Consultation Lake (near Trail Camp), Outpost Camp (3.8 miles on the trail, 10400 feet), or Lone Pine Lake* (2.8 miles, 9900 feet). Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds numerous distinctions. Finally, it rises higher than any piece of land in the United States outside of Alaska.Mount Whitney's elevation stature continues to intrigue the h… 6/5 - Based on parkwide snow levels, trail likely free of snow to Lookout Peak. 6/10 – Road is open (Hume Lake Ranger District). Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures until Friday and going forward where we have a slight chance of snow up high on Mt Whitney. Mt Whitney trail condition reports from the folks who live and work on the mountain. 7/25 - Snow free from Crabtree to Whitney Summit and from Trail Crest to Whitney Summit. The shortest and most popular route to climb Mt. Forecast Valid: 3pm PST Dec 19, 2020-6pm PST Dec 26, 2020 . Helen Lake to Muir Pass: 50% snow-covered. Heather Lake is 50% ice-covered. 7/16 - via Rowell Meadow: Trails are in good condition. Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day. 6/5 – Woods Creek trail is snow free to Upper Paradise Valley. Not recommended for stock. After a temporary fire closure, Sequoia National Forest announced a partial reopening beginning October 2, 2020. The PCT from the junction from Cottonwood Pass to Upper Rock Creek Lake was also clear of snow, good trail conditions. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Day and overnight hikers usually seek permits for the popular Mt. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Inyo and Sierra national forests extended their closure orders. The trail averages 550' of elevation gain per mile and features two designated campsites along the way, the generally uncrowded Outpost Camp (10,360'), which is situated in a nicely sheltered meadow beside some running streams, and the much more popular Trail Camp (12,… Mount Whitney Weather (Days 0-3): Mostly dry. For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. Mt. Wind chill values as low as -6. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. Good boot pack through snow/ice, entire trail is easy to follow. Hiking poles recommended. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. South side: small rockfall that would make stock travel difficult. 6/29 - JMT from Crabtree to Mt.Whitney summit: Crabtree to Guitar Lake: snow-free. Trail crew hopes to remove these trees next week. 7/23 - Snow free, except for one 50ft section of snow below Helen Lake. 7/2 - Roaring River to Elizabeth Pass clear of downed trees. Due to the number of dead trees in this area, camping is temporarily prohibited in the designated Lower Paradise Valley camp sites. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Tree is 1/2 mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes juction on the High Trail. Share Tweet. The closure does not impact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. Last mile before Whitney summit: several large snowfields, some route-finding necessary. 10/3 - Middle Fork Road to Trailhead is closed. New Army Pass is the recommended route. Whitney Trail. 10/3 - Palisade Creek Crossing at Middle Fork/PCT junction- 2 feet deep and swift for about 5 feet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. 7/23 - Creek on the north end of East Lake is knee deep and swift; trekking poles recommended. 6/19 - Horseshoe meadows to the Siberian Outpost/PCT Junction is completely snow-free and stock-passable. Snow at this point was ankle-deep. Mountain Loop Highway Conditions (alt. 7/1 - Kennedy Pass: Patchy snow above 10,000 ft, mainly on north facing slopes, a tiny bit of snow on the N. side of Kennedy Pass. Silliman Pass appears clear of snow, possibly holding snow in shaded areas. 6/26 - North side small patches of snow no special equipment necessary. 6/15 - The Kings River crossing at Upper Paradise is passable. Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. North northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. First mile north of Col - three smaller snow fields covering trail at various locations. 1 night at Whitney Portal, 1 night at Outpost Camp, summitted and spent a last night at Outpost. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th. Trail 100% snow-covered with a few foot tracks. Many foot prints to follow. Many roads on Mt. 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