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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:
Chance of showers/snow showers until next Thursday 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 5/11:
The Whitney Portal Road is open so you now have direct access to the Trailhead. Once on the Main Mt Whitney Trail you will find patchy snow up to 9,200 feet, but after that the trail is pretty much covered in snow all the way up to Trail Camp. From that point on up to Trail Crest, you encounter a worn chute of snow about 3 1/2 feet deep (all the switchbacks are under snow). Once at Trail Crest, the snow and ice is compacted from the winds on the backside of Mt Whitney all the way to the Summit. Needless to say, you will need Crampons and Ice Ax once you get into the snow and ice above 9,200 feet. Some folks are using snow shoes once the snow begins to soften later in the day to avoid sinking in. Packing in is the order of the day right now, because the going is slow due to the snow conditions, and getting to the top in a day would be very difficult. As always, be prepared for fast changing weather conditions.

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

May 27 Friday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. North wind around 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon. 
 
May 27 Friday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. East northeast wind around 6 mph becoming west northwest in the evening. 
 
May 28 Saturday  A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 28 Saturday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Light and variable wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 29 Sunday  A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 29 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
May 30 Memorial Day  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
 
May 30 Monday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
May 31 Tuesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
 
May 31 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
June 1 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
 
June 1 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
June 2 Thursday  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 Friday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Increasing clouds, with a high near 48. North wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
May 27 Friday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 28 Saturday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 8 to 13 mph in the morning. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 28 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. South southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 29 Sunday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 29 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
May 30 Memorial Day  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
 
May 30 Monday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
May 31 Tuesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
 
May 31 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
June 1 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
 
June 1 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
June 2 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
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 Friday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Sunny early, then becoming partly sunny, with a high near 44. North wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
May 27 Friday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 28 Saturday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. Light and variable wind becoming south southeast 8 to 13 mph in the morning. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 28 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. South southeast wind around 6 mph becoming calm. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 29 Sunday  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. East southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
May 29 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Little or no snow accumulation expected. 
 
May 30 Memorial Day  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
May 30 Monday Night  A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
May 31 Tuesday  A slight chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
May 31 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
June 1 Wednesday  A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
June 1 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
 
June 2 Thursday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.

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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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