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Mt Whitney
Whitney Portal Sign
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 to partly cloudy with cold temperatures durng the day and well below freezing at night for the rest of this week and into next on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 3/14:
The Whitney Trail has a fair amount of snow on it and I would recommend snow shoes to avoid postholing. In some areas along the trail, you will find yourself up to your waist if you are not wearing snow shoes. Past Trail Camp you will definetely need crampons and ice ax. All this adds up to a lot of hard work and added mountaineering skills if you want to reach the summit at this point in time.
The quota period has ended so permits are available for the asking until May 1st.

I took the below photo taken on May 22 to give you a bit of an idea of the snow conditons on Mt Whitney. Even though we are having a low snow year, there is still enough snow at this point in time to really slow you down. It has been fairly cold so not much snow is melting out as of yet. The image shows mosly the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek which is the Mountaineer's Approach to Whitney, but the snow pack is not a whole lot different on the trail side. There will be deep snow in the canyon flat areas as shown in the southern portion of the upper boyscout lake area and less in the windswept areas like you would encounter on the backside of Mt Whitney.

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 1 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
 
April 1 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Windy, with a west southwest wind 39 to 44 mph decreasing to 26 to 31 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 65 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 43. West northwest wind 14 to 18 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. North northwest wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
 
April 3 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind around 9 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
April 3 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
April 4 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 56.
 
April 4 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
April 5 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
April 5 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
April 6 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
April 6 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
April 7 Tuesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
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 1 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. West southwest wind 16 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
 
April 1 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a west southwest wind 26 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 32. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 10 to 20 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. North northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
 
April 3 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 33. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning.
 
April 3 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
April 4 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 38.
 
April 4 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
 
April 5 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 35. Breezy.
 
April 5 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Breezy.
 
April 6 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 28.
 
April 6 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
 
April 7 Tuesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.
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 1 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. West southwest wind 15 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
April 1 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -12. Windy, with a west wind 28 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 24. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 11 to 18 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
 
April 2 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 14. North northwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
April 3 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 23. West wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the morning.
 
April 3 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
April 4 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 28.
 
April 4 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 13. Breezy.
 
April 5 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 25. Windy.
 
April 5 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Breezy.
 
April 6 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 19.
 
April 6 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 6.
 
April 7 Tuesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 20.

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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."

Mt Whitney East Face Route Mt Whitney Summit