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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:
Mostly sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 8/22:
The Mt Whitney Trail is clear at this point in time. 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 all your hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering needs.

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 Monday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind 6 to 14 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
 
August 31 Monday Night  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 49. East southeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west southwest after midnight.
 
September 1 Tuesday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon.
 
September 1 Tuesday Night  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming west in the evening.
 
September 2 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind around 10 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
September 2 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
 
September 3 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 70.
 
September 3 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
September 4 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 71.
 
September 4 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
September 5 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 70.
 
September 5 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
September 6 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 72.
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 Monday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 60. Northeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
 
August 31 Monday Night  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 45. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
 
September 1 Tuesday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 61. South wind 6 to 10 mph.
 
September 1 Tuesday Night  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. South southeast wind 7 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the evening.
 
September 2 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. South wind around 11 mph.
 
September 2 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
 
September 3 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 56.
 
September 3 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
 
September 4 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 56.
 
September 4 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
 
September 5 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 55.
 
September 5 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 41.
 
September 6 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 57.
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

August 31 Monday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 53. East northeast wind 5 to 11 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon.
 
August 31 Monday Night  Areas of smoke. Mostly clear, with a low around 36. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light south southeast.
 
September 1 Tuesday   Areas of smoke. Sunny, with a high near 53. South southeast wind 6 to 11 mph.
 
September 1 Tuesday Night  Areas of smoke. Partly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southeast wind 7 to 11 mph becoming southwest in the evening.
 
September 2 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. South southwest wind 11 to 13 mph.
 
September 2 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 33.
 
September 3 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
September 3 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 36.
 
September 4 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 49.
 
September 4 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
September 5 Saturday   Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
September 5 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
September 6 Sunday   Sunny, with a high near 45.

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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