Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT
Timberline Trails Logo
 
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:
Mixed weather on Mt Whitney for the next seven days with a chance of showers and thunderstorms starting on Monday next week (earlier on the summit). The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 7/11:
Trail mostly clear at this point especially with the warm temperatures we have been having on Mt Whitney. Some lingering snow and ice in the cables section above Trail Camp.
The Whitney Portal Road is open. As far as Permits are concerned they are now required until the end of November.

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

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

July 25 Friday Sunny, with a high near 86. West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming south southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
 
July 25 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 54. South wind 7 to 15 mph becoming west in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
 
July 26 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. West northwest wind 5 to 15 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
 
July 26 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5 to 14 mph becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 6 to 13 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
July 27 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
 
July 28 Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.
 
July 28 Monday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
July 29 Tuesday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
July 30 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 53.
 
July 31 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.
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.

July 25 Friday Sunny, with a high near 62. South southwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
July 25 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming northeast in the evening.
 
July 26 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 5 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
 
July 26 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 41. East wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
July 27 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
July 28 Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
July 28 Monday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
July 29 Tuesday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
July 30 Wednesday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
July 31 Thursday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
Mt Whitney North Slope
Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
Fresh Air Traverse 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,497 FT

July 25 Friday A slight chance of thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 54. South southwest wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10%.
 
July 25 Friday Night A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 36. West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming north northeast in the evening.
 
July 26 Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. West southwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
 
July 26 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. South southeast wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Southwest wind 8 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
July 27 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
July 28 Monday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
July 28 Monday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
July 29 Tuesday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
July 30 Wednesday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
July 31 Thursday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Above Weather Report Powered by the National Weather Service



Email Sign Up

Join the Adventure! Sign up here for Timberline Trails Monthly Newsletter

Your Email Address:


Join Us on Facebook  Join us on Facebook

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."