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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:
Mostly sunny and clear through the weekend and into next week on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is subject to closing at this point.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 12/5:
The Whitney Trail is clear up to about 10,000 feet. After that, you will encounter snow as you proceed higher on the mountain. Quota period has ended 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

December 19 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. Calm wind.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. West southwest wind around 9 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 42. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind around 10 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
December 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
December 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
December 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Breezy.
 
December 24 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Windy.
 
December 25 Christmas Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
 
December 25 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 18.
 
December 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
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.

December 19 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a steady temperature around 24. West wind around 9 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. North northwest wind 9 to 11 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 34. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. North northwest wind 17 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. North northwest wind 13 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
December 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
December 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
December 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 46.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Windy.
 
December 24 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Windy.
 
December 25 Christmas Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. Blustery.
 
December 25 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 15.
 
December 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.
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

December 19 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. West wind around 11 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. North northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 26. Northwest wind 14 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. Blustery, with a north northwest wind around 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 34. North northwest wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
December 22 Monday Sunny, with a high near 41.
 
December 22 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
December 23 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 37.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 32. Breezy.
 
December 24 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 15. Windy.
 
December 25 Christmas Day Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Blustery.
 
December 25 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 3. Blustery.
 
December 26 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 21. Blustery.

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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