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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:
Sunny and clear until Friday and Saturday where we have a slight chance of snow showers up high on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 9/14:
Trail is clear at this point with multitudes of people still going to the summit.
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
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

September 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 72. East southeast wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
 
September 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Southeast wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west after midnight.
 
September 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 6 to 15 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43. Southeast wind 6 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the evening.
 
September 24 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 74. West southwest wind 9 to 14 mph becoming south southeast in the morning.
 
September 24 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
September 25 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy.
 
September 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy.
 
September 26 Friday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy.
 
September 26 Friday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
September 27 Saturday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59.
 
September 27 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
 
September 28 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
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.

September 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 56. South wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39. South southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 58. South wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
 
September 25 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Windy.
 
September 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Windy.
 
September 26 Friday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy.
 
September 26 Friday Night A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
September 27 Saturday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.
 
September 27 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
September 28 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.
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

September 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 52. South wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. South southwest wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
September 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. South southwest wind 8 to 11 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 53. South wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
 
September 24 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
September 25 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Windy.
 
September 25 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. Windy.
 
September 26 Friday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Windy.
 
September 26 Friday Night A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
September 27 Saturday A slight chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.
 
September 27 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
September 28 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.

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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