Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT
Timberline Trails Logo
 
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 to partly cloudy except for Wednesday night, Thursday, and Friday where we have a chance of snow showers on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now open and the quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney no longer in force as of Nov 1st (so permits are available just for the asking)

Latest Trail Conditions as of November 6th
The Whitney Portal Road is open so you still have direct access to the Trailhead. Had a chance to check out the Mt Whitney Trail this weekend and found this to be the case. The trail is clear to outpost camp aside from some patches of show here and there. The snow and ice starts in earnest just above mirror lake. Trail Camp has a fair amount of snow and the path from Trail Camp to Trail Crest is snow covered and very icy. Crampons and ice ax are definitely recommended. From Trail Crest to the summit is icy so continue on with ice ax and crampons. All this makes it more time consuming and difficult to reach the Summit at this point in time.

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 for all your hiking, backpacking, climbing and mountaineering needs. They carry all the major brands and stand behind everything they sell with one of the best guarantees you could ask for in outdoor gear.

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

December 5 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. Light and variable wind becoming west 12 to 17 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West northwest wind 11 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. Northwest wind 8 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
December 7 Wednesday Night  A 10 percent chance of snow showers after 4am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 22. West wind 5 to 10 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  A slight chance of snow showers before 10am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
December 8 Thursday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.
 
December 9 Friday  A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 52.
 
December 9 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 31. Windy. 
 
December 10 Saturday  Partly sunny, with a high near 53. Breezy. 
 
December 10 Saturday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
December 11 Sunday  A slight chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.
 
December 11 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
December 12 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
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.

December 5 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 9 to 14 mph increasing to 17 to 22 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 31 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Windy, with a west northwest wind 24 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 20. Wind chill values as low as zero. Windy, with a northwest wind 26 to 31 mph decreasing to 18 to 23 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 44 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. West northwest wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 23. West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Breezy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 9 Friday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 38. Breezy. 
 
December 9 Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. Windy. 
 
December 10 Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Windy. 
 
December 10 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
 
December 11 Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 35. Windy. 
 
December 11 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy. 
 
December 12 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
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

December 5 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -5. Blustery, with a west northwest wind 11 to 16 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -6. Windy, with a west northwest wind 26 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 48 mph. 
 
December 6 Tuesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. Wind chill values as low as -7. Windy, with a northwest wind 28 to 33 mph decreasing to 21 to 26 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 47 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. West northwest wind around 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. 
 
December 7 Wednesday Night  A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. West northwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. 
 
December 8 Thursday  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 10am. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 8 Thursday Night  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible. 
 
December 9 Friday  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 29.
 
December 9 Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy. 
 
December 10 Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 30. Windy. 
 
December 10 Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17.
 
December 11 Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Breezy. 
 
December 11 Sunday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Windy. 
 
December 12 Monday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 29.

Above Weather Report Powered by the National Weather Service



Email Sign Up

Join the Adventure! Sign up here for Timberline Trails Monthly Newsletter

Your Email Address:
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."



Join Us on Facebook  Join us on Facebook    Instagram Follow us on Instagram
Mt Whitney East Face Route Mt Whitney Summit