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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:
A 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms this Wednesday above 11,500 feet along with a chance of snow flurries on both Wednesday and Thursday on and near the summit, but other than that, mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 8/1:
Trail is clear at this point with multitudes of people 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

August 20 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. East southeast wind 11 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
 
August 20 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southeast wind 6 to 16 mph becoming west southwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
 
August 21 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 11 to 16 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
 
August 21 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Southeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the evening.
 
August 22 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind around 7 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
August 22 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.
 
August 23 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
 
August 23 Saturday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 43.
 
August 24 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 74.
 
August 24 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
August 25 Monday Sunny, with a high near 75.
 
August 25 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
 
August 26 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 77.
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.

August 20 Wednesday Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Southeast wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
August 20 Wednesday Night Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35. South southeast wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
August 21 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
August 21 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.
 
August 22 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 9 mph.
 
August 22 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
August 23 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
August 23 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
 
August 24 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
August 24 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
August 25 Monday Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
August 25 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
August 26 Tuesday 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 14,505 FT

August 20 Wednesday Scattered snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Southeast wind 10 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
August 20 Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 28. South southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
August 21 Thursday A slight chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Southeast wind 6 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
August 21 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.
 
August 22 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. West wind around 9 mph.
 
August 22 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
August 23 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
 
August 23 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
August 24 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
August 24 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
August 25 Monday Sunny, with a high near 43.
 
August 25 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
August 26 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 45.

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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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