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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:
Chance of showers/snow showers until this up and coming Friday on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 5/22:
Due to the fact that it has been snowing for the last several days you will encounter snow once you get past Lone Pine Lake (around 10,000 feet). Snow depth on the trail from Lone Pine Lake to Trail Camp varies from a few inches to over a foot or more in drift areas. Once you get to Trail Camp, you will encounter much more snow going from there to Trail Crest (the switchback area). You will need crampons and ice ax at the very least, but the greater problem will be that (in many places), you will be sinking in up to your knees or worse as you proceed upward. Even snow shoes are not a whole lot of help due to the fact that the snow is very powdery and loose from 12,000 feet to 13,700 feet. All this adds up to tons of work. If you do get to Trail Crest, the backside of Mt Whitney will go much better. This is because prevailing winds blow most of the snow off the Sequoia side of the peak. The Quota Period is now in full force so if you do not have a permit at this point is time, it will be difficult to get one.

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.
Timberline Trails recommends REI and Sierra Design for your hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering needs. Both REI and Sierra Design are running sales through May 25th to take advantage of the Sierra Design Sale, use Coupon Code: SUMMERPREP

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

May 25 Monday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast around 6 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 25 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northwest in the evening.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. West northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Southwest wind 9 to 11 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42.
 
May 28 Thursday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 72.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
May 29 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
May 31 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
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.

May 25 Monday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 43. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 25 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West southwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. Southwest wind 6 to 8 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. East northeast wind 6 to 8 mph becoming south southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A chance of rain and snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 28 Thursday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.
 
May 29 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
May 31 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
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

May 25 Monday Night  A chance of snow showers between 8pm and 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. South southwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Calm wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. West southwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northeast after midnight.
 
May 28 Thursday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 29 Friday   A chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 40.
 
May 29 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
May 31 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
 
May 31 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
June 1 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

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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."

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