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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 snow showers Wednesday through Saturday on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now open and the quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney no longer in force as of Nov 1st (so permits are available just for the asking)

Latest Trail Conditions as of November 6th
The Whitney Portal Road is open so you still have direct access to the Trailhead. Had a chance to check out the Mt Whitney Trail this weekend and found this to be the case. The trail is clear to outpost camp aside from some patches of show here and there. The snow and ice starts in earnest just above mirror lake. Trail Camp has a fair amount of snow and the path from Trail Camp to Trail Crest is snow covered and very icy. Crampons and ice ax are definitely recommended. From Trail Crest to the summit is icy so continue on with ice ax and crampons. All this makes it more time consuming and difficult to reach the Summit at this point in time.

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

December 7 Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Windy, with a west wind 28 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a west wind 21 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 41 mph. 
 
December 9 Friday  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a west wind 26 to 31 mph decreasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph. 
 
December 9 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph. 
 
December 10 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 46.
 
December 10 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
December 11 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
December 11 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
December 12 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
December 12 Monday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
December 13 Tuesday  Partly sunny, with a high near 50.
 
December 13 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
December 14 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
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.

December 7 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. Windy, with a west wind 36 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Windy, with a west wind 26 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 9 Friday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 22 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. 
 
December 9 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Breezy, with a west wind 22 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. 
 
December 10 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 38.
 
December 10 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
December 11 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
December 11 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
December 12 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 42.
 
December 12 Monday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
 
December 13 Tuesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44.
 
December 13 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
December 14 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
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

December 7 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Windy, with a west wind 26 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. Windy, with a west wind 38 to 41 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west wind 29 to 39 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 9 Friday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 23 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. 
 
December 9 Friday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west wind 28 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. 
 
December 10 Saturday  A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Breezy. 
 
December 10 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.
 
December 11 Sunday  Partly sunny, with a high near 35.
 
December 11 Sunday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
December 12 Monday  Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
 
December 12 Monday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
December 13 Tuesday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
December 13 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
December 14 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

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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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