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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 chance of showers and snow showers Thursday through Saturday along with cold temperatures on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 11/3:
The Whitney Trail is clear and the quota period has ended for the season, so permits are available for the asking. Plenty of folks 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

November 19 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Northwest wind around 11 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 5 to 9 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
November 21 Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 46. North northwest wind 9 to 16 mph becoming west southwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph.
 
November 21 Friday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. West northwest wind around 7 mph.
 
November 22 Saturday A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
November 22 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy.
 
November 23 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
 
November 23 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
November 24 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
 
November 24 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
 
November 25 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 49.
 
November 25 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
November 26 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
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.

November 19 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as zero. West wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. Wind chill values as low as -1. Northwest wind 16 to 21 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
 
November 21 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. West southwest wind 8 to 15 mph becoming north in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph.
 
November 21 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Northwest wind 9 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
 
November 22 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy.
 
November 22 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy.
 
November 23 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy.
 
November 23 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
November 24 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.
 
November 24 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
November 25 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
November 25 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
November 26 Wednesday
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

November 19 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. West northwest wind around 11 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 29. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
November 20 Thursday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly between 10pm and 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Wind chill values as low as -7. Breezy, with a northwest wind 17 to 22 mph decreasing to 10 to 15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
November 21 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 28. West southwest wind 8 to 14 mph becoming north in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
November 21 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
 
November 22 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Windy.
 
November 22 Saturday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 18. Windy.
 
November 23 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Breezy.
 
November 23 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 16. Blustery.
 
November 24 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
November 24 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
 
November 25 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.
 
November 25 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
November 26 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 40.

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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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