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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:
Chance of showers/snow showers until this up and coming Friday on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 5/22:
Due to the fact that it has been snowing for the last several days you will encounter snow once you get past Lone Pine Lake (around 10,000 feet). Snow depth on the trail from Lone Pine Lake to Trail Camp varies from a few inches to over a foot or more in drift areas. Once you get to Trail Camp, you will encounter much more snow going from there to Trail Crest (the switchback area). You will need crampons and ice ax at the very least, but the greater problem will be that (in many places), you will be sinking in up to your knees or worse as you proceed upward. Even snow shoes are not a whole lot of help due to the fact that the snow is very powdery and loose from 12,000 feet to 13,700 feet. All this adds up to tons of work. If you do get to Trail Crest, the backside of Mt Whitney will go much better. This is because prevailing winds blow most of the snow off the Sequoia side of the peak. The Quota Period is now in full force so if you do not have a permit at this point is time, it will be difficult to get one.

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.
Timberline Trails recommends REI and Sierra Design for your hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering needs. Both REI and Sierra Design are running sales through May 25th to take advantage of the Sierra Design Sale, use Coupon Code: SUMMERPREP

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

May 24 Sunday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58. North northeast wind 6 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
May 24 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west northwest after midnight.
 
May 25 Monday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
 
May 25 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. South southwest wind around 8 mph becoming north in the evening.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 6 to 13 mph becoming east southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
May 28 Thursday   A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 68.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
May 29 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 69.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 70.
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.

May 24 Sunday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming west northwest in the morning. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
May 24 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 33. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 25 Monday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Light west southwest wind becoming south southwest 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 25 Monday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. Light southwest wind becoming south 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A chance of rain and snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Chance of precipitation is 40%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
May 28 Thursday   A chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 51.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A chance of rain and snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
May 29 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly 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 14,508 FT

May 24 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north in the evening. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 25 Monday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Light south southwest wind increasing to 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 25 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 3 to 8 mph. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday   A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Light southwest wind becoming south southwest 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 26 Tuesday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the evening. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 27 Wednesday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
 
May 28 Thursday   A chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
May 28 Thursday Night  A chance of snow showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.
 
May 29 Friday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
 
May 29 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
May 30 Saturday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
May 30 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
May 31 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.

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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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