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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 except Wednesday where we have a chance of showers and thunderstorms on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now open and the quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 22nd
The Whitney Portal Road is open so you now have direct access to the Trailhead. The Mt Whitney Trail is clear at this point and lots of people are 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
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

September 26 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight. 
 
September 27 Tuesday  Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight. 
 
September 27 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44. East southeast wind around 6 mph becoming west after midnight. 
 
September 28 Wednesday  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Calm wind becoming east southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. 
 
September 28 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight. 
 
September 29 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
 
September 29 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
September 30 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 65.
 
September 30 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
 
October 1 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 61.
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 36.
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 59.
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 34.
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 61.
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.

September 26 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Light and variable wind becoming north northeast around 6 mph after midnight. 
 
September 27 Tuesday  Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Light and variable wind becoming north northeast around 6 mph after midnight. 
 
September 27 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. 
 
September 28 Wednesday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Northeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
September 28 Wednesday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
September 29 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
 
September 29 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
September 30 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
September 30 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
October 1 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 32.
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 52.
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

September 26 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
September 27 Tuesday  Mostly clear, with a low around 28. East wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
September 27 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northeast after midnight. 
 
September 28 Wednesday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
September 28 Wednesday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Southwest wind 6 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
September 29 Thursday  Partly sunny, with a high near 39.
 
September 29 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
September 30 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 38.
 
September 30 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
October 1 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 36.
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 19.
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 33.
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 39.

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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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