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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 until next Wednesday and Thursday where we have a slight chance of showers 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 6/17:
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 the going is good with only a snow patch here and there all the way to Trail Camp. From that point on up to Trail Crest you will encounter snow and ice all the way to Trail Crest and most people are still using crampons and ice ax through this section (but things are melting out fast now). Once at Trail Crest, you will find the backside of Mt Whitney all the way to the Summit pretty clear due to the western sun exposure and wind. Lots of people going to the summit now so the above route is shaping up nicely. 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

June 24 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 79. North northwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 46. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
June 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 77. West southwest wind 5 to 13 mph becoming east northeast in the morning. 
 
June 25 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 47. Light and variable wind becoming west southwest 6 to 11 mph after midnight. 
 
June 26 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. 
 
June 26 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 48.
 
June 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 81.
 
June 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 53.
 
June 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 79.
 
June 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
 
June 29 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
 
June 29 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
 
June 30 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
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.

June 24 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 43. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southwest after midnight. 
 
June 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 69. South southeast wind 3 to 8 mph. 
 
June 25 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 47. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph. 
 
June 26 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 71. South southeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
June 26 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 50.
 
June 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 72.
 
June 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 52.
 
June 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 71.
 
June 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 52.
 
June 29 Wednesday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66.
 
June 29 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49.
 
June 30 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
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

June 24 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 64. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon. 
 
June 24 Friday Night  Clear, with a low around 36. East northeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
June 25 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 64. South southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable. 
 
June 25 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 39. South southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the evening. 
 
June 26 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 67. South southeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
June 26 Sunday Night  Clear, with a low around 42.
 
June 27 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 66.
 
June 27 Monday Night  Clear, with a low around 45.
 
June 28 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 65.
 
June 28 Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
 
June 29 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
 
June 29 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
June 30 Thursday  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

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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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