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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:
Mostly sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now open and the quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 22nd
The Whitney Portal Road is open so you now have direct access to the Trailhead. The Mt Whitney Trail is clear at this point and lots of people are going to the Summit.

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.
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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 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 68. West southwest wind 11 to 16 mph becoming light and variable in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 22 mph. 
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 37. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. 
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a west southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 28 to 33 mph. Winds could gust as high as 46 mph. 
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30. Windy, with a west wind 31 to 41 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 8 to 14 mph becoming northeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 31.
 
October 4 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 58.
 
October 4 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 33.
 
October 5 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 58.
 
October 5 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
October 6 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 62.
 
October 6 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
October 7 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.
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 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. 
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 33. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 14 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. 
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 48. Windy, with a west southwest wind 25 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. 
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21. Windy, with a west southwest wind around 38 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 40. West northwest wind 7 to 16 mph becoming north northeast in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26.
 
October 4 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
October 4 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 32.
 
October 5 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 52.
 
October 5 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 35.
 
October 6 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 53.
 
October 6 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
October 7 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
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

October 1 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 51. Southwest wind 15 to 20 mph decreasing to 8 to 13 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 
 
October 1 Saturday Night  Clear, with a low around 26. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 13 to 18 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 36 mph. 
 
October 2 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 43. Windy, with a west southwest wind 24 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 47 mph. 
 
October 2 Sunday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 17. Windy, with a west wind 38 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday  Sunny, with a high near 37. West northwest wind 15 to 20 mph becoming north 7 to 12 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 28 mph. 
 
October 3 Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 21.
 
October 4 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 44.
 
October 4 Tuesday Night  Clear, with a low around 26.
 
October 5 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
October 5 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
October 6 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 49.
 
October 6 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
October 7 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.

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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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