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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:
A chance of showers/snow showers through Saturday but after that mostly sunny and clear on Sunday and going into next week on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 4/24:
You will encounter snow above 10,400 ft on the Whitney Trail. But at this point the snow is firm due to below freezing nights, and if you get an early start you should not encounter a lot of post holing until about mid afternoon. Once you get to Trail Camp you will definitely need crampons and ice ax. As I am writing this people are heading for the summit, but they are equipped with all the necessary gear for snow and ice travel. The quota period is not in force until May 1st so you still have a few more days where getting a permit will be no problem at all.

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
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.

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

April 24 Friday   A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 56. North wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A chance of rain showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a west wind 24 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 25 Saturday   A slight chance of snow showers before 11am, then a chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Windy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Blustery, with a north wind 21 to 26 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 57. North northwest wind around 11 mph becoming northeast in the morning.
 
April 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
 
April 27 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 69.
 
April 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
April 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 73.
 
April 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
 
April 29 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
 
April 29 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
April 30 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 75.
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.

April 24 Friday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30. Windy, with a west wind 23 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Blustery, with a north wind 20 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 26 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
April 27 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 56.
 
April 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
April 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 61.
 
April 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
 
April 29 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.
 
April 29 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
April 30 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 61.
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 14,505 FT

April 24 Friday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 31. Northwest wind 8 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Breezy, with a west wind 21 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 23. Windy, with a west wind 24 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Blustery, with a north northwest wind 21 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 26 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 29. North wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
 
April 26 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
April 27 Monday   Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
April 27 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
April 28 Tuesday   Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
April 28 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
 
April 29 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
 
April 29 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
April 30 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 52.

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Mt Whitney Needles
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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