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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 along with cold temperatures for the next seven days on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is closed and will most likely stay closed as storms continue to roll in. This will add an extra 4 miles of hiking to get to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 1/11:
The Mt Whitney Trail is well under snow at this point. Heavy snow from Trail Camp to Trail Crest and beyond. Any summit attempt will require snowshoes, crampons, ice ax, and a good amount of winter mountaineering experience. The Quota Period has now ended as of November 1st, so permits are there for the asking.

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

February 5 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as zero. Light west northwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the evening.
 
February 6 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 45. North northwest wind 7 to 13 mph.
 
February 6 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
February 7 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 47. West northwest wind 8 to 11 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
 
February 7 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North northwest wind around 7 mph.
 
February 8 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 49.
 
February 8 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25.
 
February 9 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 56.
 
February 9 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25.
 
February 10 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 55.
 
February 10 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
February 11 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
February 11 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 25.
 
February 12 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 51.
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.

February 5 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -1. North northwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
 
February 6 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 39. North wind around 9 mph.
 
February 6 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17. North northwest wind around 6 mph.
 
February 7 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 39. North northeast wind 7 to 10 mph.
 
February 7 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North northeast wind around 8 mph.
 
February 8 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
February 8 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
February 9 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
February 9 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
February 10 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
February 10 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
February 11 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
February 11 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
February 12 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
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

February 5 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 9. Wind chill values as low as -7. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
 
February 6 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 31. North wind 7 to 9 mph.
 
February 6 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 13. West northwest wind around 7 mph.
 
February 7 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 32. North northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
 
February 7 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 11. North northeast wind around 8 mph.
 
February 8 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 36.
 
February 8 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
February 9 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
February 9 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
February 10 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 41.
 
February 10 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
 
February 11 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 36.
 
February 11 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17.
 
February 12 Friday  Sunny, with a high near 33.

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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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