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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:
Mostly sunny and clear for the next seven days on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is closed 3.5 miles down from the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 1/19:
The Whitney Trail has snow patches here and there, but it is fairly light. Quota period has ended so permits are available for the asking. Plenty of folks still 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

March 4 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 17. West wind around 9 mph.
 
March 5 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 46. West northwest wind 5 to 7 mph becoming north northeast in the afternoon.
 
March 5 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 21. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Sunny, with a high near 50. North wind around 10 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 24. West northwest wind around 11 mph.
 
March 7 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 51.
 
March 7 Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 26.
 
March 8 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 51.
 
March 8 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
 
March 9 Monday Sunny, with a high near 54.
 
March 9 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
March 10 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
March 10 Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
March 11 Wednesday A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 48.
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.

March 4 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 14. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
 
March 5 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 34. North wind around 6 mph.
 
March 5 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North northeast wind around 8 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Sunny, with a high near 41. North northeast wind 8 to 10 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 23. North northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
March 7 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 46.
 
March 7 Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 25.
 
March 8 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 48.
 
March 8 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
March 9 Monday Sunny, with a high near 47.
 
March 9 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28.
 
March 10 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
 
March 10 Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
March 11 Wednesday A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.
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

March 4 Wednesday Night Clear, with a low around 7. West northwest wind 3 to 5 mph.
 
March 5 Thursday Sunny, with a high near 26. North wind around 6 mph.
 
March 5 Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 12. North northeast wind around 7 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Sunny, with a high near 32. North northeast wind around 9 mph.
 
March 6 Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 18. North northwest wind around 9 mph.
 
March 7 Saturday Sunny, with a high near 32.
 
March 7 Saturday Night Clear, with a low around 20.
 
March 8 Sunday Sunny, with a high near 37.
 
March 8 Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 19.
 
March 9 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
 
March 9 Monday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 20.
 
March 10 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
 
March 10 Tuesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
March 11 Wednesday A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 30.

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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