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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 and thunderstorms until Wednesday of next week where the forecast is predicted to clear up on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 6/29:
The Mt Whitney Trail is clear all the way to the switchbacks above Trail Camp. The switchbacks are also clear for the most part except for a few patches of lingering snow. But people are now going on up and to the summit with little or no problem at all at this point in time due to the warmer weather. 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

July 4 Saturday   Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 4 Saturday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 5 Sunday   Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
July 5 Sunday Night  Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light north. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
July 6 Monday   Isolated showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
July 6 Monday Night  Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
July 7 Tuesday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.
 
July 7 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
 
July 8 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 75.
 
July 8 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
 
July 9 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 74.
 
July 9 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
July 10 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 74.
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.

July 4 Saturday   Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 61. South southeast wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 4 Saturday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Calm wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 5 Sunday   Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 5 Sunday Night  Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Calm wind becoming north northeast 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
July 6 Monday   Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. South southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 6 Monday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 7 Tuesday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.
 
July 7 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
 
July 8 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 56.
 
July 8 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
 
July 9 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 55.
 
July 9 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
 
July 10 Friday   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 14,508 FT

July 4 Saturday   Isolated showers, then scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 54. South southeast wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 4 Saturday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Light and variable wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
 
July 5 Sunday   Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 52. South wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 5 Sunday Night  Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West southwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
July 6 Monday   Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. South southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 6 Monday Night  Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
July 7 Tuesday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
 
July 7 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 34.
 
July 8 Wednesday   Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
July 8 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 32.
 
July 9 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
July 9 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
July 10 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 48.

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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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