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Mt Whitney
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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:
Temperatures are cooling down as we move into fall. Sunny and clear for the rest of this and into next 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

October 1 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Northwest wind around 8 mph.
 
October 2 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming east northeast in the afternoon.
 
October 2 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest around 6 mph after midnight.
 
October 3 Friday Sunny, with a high near 73. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable.
 
October 3 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Light and variable wind becoming west around 5 mph after midnight.
 
October 4 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
 
October 4 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
October 5 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 75.
 
October 5 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
 
October 6 Monday Sunny, with a high near 74.
 
October 6 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
 
October 7 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 70.
 
October 7 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
October 8 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 68.
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.

October 1 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 33. North northwest wind around 8 mph.
 
October 2 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 51. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
 
October 2 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph after midnight.
 
October 3 Friday Sunny, with a high near 52. Light and variable wind.
 
October 3 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 38. Calm wind.
 
October 4 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
October 4 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
October 5 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
October 5 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
October 6 Monday Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
October 6 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
October 7 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 50.
 
October 7 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
October 8 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 48.
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

October 1 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a steady temperature around 29. North northwest wind around 8 mph.
 
October 2 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 42. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
 
October 2 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Light and variable wind.
 
October 3 Friday Sunny, with a high near 43. Light and variable wind.
 
October 3 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 31. Calm wind.
 
October 4 Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
 
October 4 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
October 5 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
October 5 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
October 6 Monday Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
October 6 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
October 7 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 41.
 
October 7 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
October 8 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 39.

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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