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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:
Sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 8/1:
Trail is clear at this point with multitudes of people 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

August 31 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 82. West wind around 9 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
 
August 31 Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 49. East southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
 
September 1 Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 81. Light and variable wind becoming east 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
 
September 1 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 48. East wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light and variable.
 
September 2 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east southeast in the morning.
 
September 2 Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 48.
 
September 3 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 75.
 
September 3 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
September 4 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 75.
 
September 4 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
 
September 5 Friday Sunny, with a high near 74.
 
September 5 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
September 6 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 75.
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.

August 31 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 57. West northwest wind 7 to 16 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph.
 
August 31 Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 38. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
September 1 Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 57. Calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 1 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 39. South southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable.
 
September 2 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 56. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
September 2 Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 37.
 
September 3 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
September 3 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
September 4 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
September 4 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
September 5 Friday Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
September 5 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
September 6 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 56.
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

August 31 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 49. West northwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
August 31 Sunday Night Clear, with a low around 31. East wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the evening.
 
September 1 Labor Day Sunny, with a high near 49. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 1 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 32. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.
 
September 2 Tuesday Sunny, with a high near 48. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
 
September 2 Tuesday Night Clear, with a low around 30.
 
September 3 Wednesday Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
September 3 Wednesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
September 4 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
September 4 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
September 5 Friday Sunny, with a high near 45.
 
September 5 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
September 6 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 47.

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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