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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:
Mixed weather through the rest of this week including a chance of snow Friday night through Sunday 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 30 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 7 to 13 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
October 30 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a southwest wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph.
 
October 31 Friday Increasing clouds, with a high near 62. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
 
October 31 Friday Night A chance of rain showers before 11pm, then snow showers. Low around 30. Windy, with a southwest wind 21 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. West wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
November 2 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
 
November 2 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
November 3 Monday Sunny, with a high near 49.
 
November 3 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
November 4 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 57.
 
November 4 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
November 5 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 59.
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 30 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. South wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
October 30 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
 
October 31 Friday Increasing clouds, with a high near 48. Windy, with a southwest wind 22 to 27 mph increasing to 28 to 33 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph.
 
October 31 Friday Night Snow showers. Low around 19. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy, with a south southwest wind 24 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Snow showers likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 27. West wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Blustery. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
November 2 Sunday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 32.
 
November 2 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
 
November 3 Monday Sunny, with a high near 41.
 
November 3 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 24.
 
November 4 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
November 4 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
November 5 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 49.
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 30 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. South wind 11 to 14 mph.
 
October 30 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a southwest wind 17 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.
 
October 31 Friday Increasing clouds, with a high near 39. Windy, with a southwest wind 23 to 28 mph increasing to 31 to 36 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.
 
October 31 Friday Night Snow showers. Low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -5. Windy, with a south southwest wind 31 to 36 mph decreasing to 25 to 30 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Snow showers likely, mainly before 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 18. West wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
November 1 Saturday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Blustery. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
November 2 Sunday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 23.
 
November 2 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.
 
November 3 Monday Sunny, with a high near 32.
 
November 3 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 16.
 
November 4 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 40.
 
November 4 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27.
 
November 5 Wednesday 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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