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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:
A chance of showers/snow showers all this week on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 3/14:
The Whitney Trail has a fair amount of snow on it and I would recommend snow shoes to avoid postholing. In some areas along the trail, you will find yourself up to your waist if you are not wearing snow shoes. Past Trail Camp you will definitely need crampons and ice ax. All this adds up to a lot of hard work and added mountaineering skills if you want to reach the summit at this point in time.
The quota period has ended so permits are available for the asking until May 1st.

I took the below photo on May 22 to give you a bit of an idea of the snow conditions on Mt Whitney. Even though we are having a low snow year, there is still enough snow at this point in time to really slow you down. It has been fairly cold so not much snow is melting out as of yet. The image shows mostly the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek which is the Mountaineer's Approach to Whitney, but the snow pack is not a whole lot different on the trail side. There will be deep snow in the canyon flat areas as shown in the southern portion of the upper boyscout lake area and less in the windswept areas like you would encounter on the backside of Mt Whitney.

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

April 19 Sunday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32. West northwest wind around 6 mph.
 
April 20 Monday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 20 Monday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable.
 
April 21 Tuesday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
 
April 21 Tuesday Night  A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north northeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 22 Wednesday   A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
 
April 22 Wednesday Night  A chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
April 23 Thursday   A chance of rain and snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 52.
 
April 23 Thursday Night  A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
April 24 Friday   A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
April 25 Saturday   A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
April 26 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
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.

April 19 Sunday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Partly cloudy, with a low around 29. South wind 3 to 5 mph. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 20 Monday   Snow showers likely after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. South southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 20 Monday Night  Snow showers likely before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 21 Tuesday   Snow showers likely after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 41. East southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 21 Tuesday Night  Snow showers likely, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 22 Wednesday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
April 22 Wednesday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
April 23 Thursday   A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 35.
 
April 23 Thursday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.
 
April 24 Friday   A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 36.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
April 25 Saturday   A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
April 26 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.
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

April 19 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. South wind around 6 mph.
 
April 20 Monday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 20 Monday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. South southeast wind 6 to 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
April 21 Tuesday   A 50 percent chance of snow showers after 11am. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 32. East southeast wind 6 to 8 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 21 Tuesday Night  A 50 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. East southeast wind 7 to 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
April 22 Wednesday   A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 27. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
April 22 Wednesday Night  A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
 
April 23 Thursday   A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 25.
 
April 23 Thursday Night  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.
 
April 24 Friday   A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.
 
April 24 Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.
 
April 25 Saturday   A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 29.
 
April 25 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
April 26 Sunday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 34.

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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