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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:
Wind, snow, and very cold temperatures until next Tuesday where we will begin to clear on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now closed four miles down from the trailhead so you will have that extra mileage for any attempt on climbing to the top of Mt Whitney. The quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney no longer in force until May 1st (so permits are available just for the asking)

Latest Trail Conditions as of January 20th
The Whitney Portal Road is closed four miles from the Trailhead. The Mt Whitney Trail has heavy snow and ice from start to finish and it gets very heavy from outpost camp to Trail Camp. After that you will find deep snow pack most of the way so the trail is completely buried all the way to Trail Crest. From Trail Crest to the summit also has very heavy snow. All this makes it extremely time consuming and difficult to reach the Summit. Crampons and ice ax are a must for any attempt on the summit along with expert winter mountaineering experience.

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 brand new Flight Around Mt Whitney Video
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

January 21 Saturday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Windy, with a west wind 31 to 36 mph decreasing to 24 to 29 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 49 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
January 21 Saturday Night  Snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 23. Breezy, with a southwest wind 22 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday  Snow showers. High near 33. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 23 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday Night  Snow showers. Low around 21. West southwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday  Snow showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 26. West wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Blustery. 
 
January 24 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 28.
 
January 24 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
January 25 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 32.
 
January 25 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14.
 
January 26 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 33.
 
January 26 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14.
 
January 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 34.
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.

January 21 Saturday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -7. Windy, with a west wind 26 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
January 21 Saturday Night  Snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 17. Wind chill values as low as -3. Breezy, with a southwest wind 22 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 23. Wind chill values as low as -9. Windy, with a southwest wind 38 to 46 mph, with gusts as high as 70 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday Night  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -10. Windy, with a west southwest wind 36 to 41 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday  Snow showers. High near 14. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Blustery. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
January 24 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 14.
 
January 24 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8.
 
January 25 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 25.
 
January 25 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 13.
 
January 26 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 30.
 
January 26 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14.
 
January 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 31.
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

January 21 Saturday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 11. Wind chill values as low as -16. Windy, with a west wind 29 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. 
 
January 21 Saturday Night  Snow showers, mainly after 10pm. Low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -11. Windy, with a southwest wind 23 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Temperature rising to near 22 by noon, then falling to around 11 during the remainder of the day. Wind chill values as low as -19. Windy, with a southwest wind 36 to 43 mph, with gusts as high as 65 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 14 to 20 inches possible. 
 
January 22 Sunday Night  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -19. Windy, with a west southwest wind 32 to 37 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 10 to 16 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday  Snow showers. High near 7. Breezy, with a west wind 25 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible. 
 
January 23 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -4. Blustery. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible. 
 
January 24 Tuesday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 8.
 
January 24 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 0.
 
January 25 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 20.
 
January 25 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 5.
 
January 26 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 24.
 
January 26 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 7.
 
January 27 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 24.

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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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