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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 Friday and through the weekend on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open all the way to the trailhead.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 7/12:
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

July 31 Friday Night  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.
 
August 1 Saturday   A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming east southeast 12 to 17 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.
 
August 1 Saturday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52. East southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.
 
August 2 Sunday   A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5 to 13 mph becoming east in the morning.
 
August 2 Sunday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
 
August 3 Monday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 75.
 
August 3 Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
 
August 4 Tuesday   Partly sunny, with a high near 75.
 
August 4 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
August 5 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
 
August 5 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.
 
August 6 Thursday   Sunny, with a high near 71.
 
August 6 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 50.
 
August 7 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 76.
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 31 Friday Night  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
August 1 Saturday   A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
August 1 Saturday Night  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph becoming light and variable.
 
August 2 Sunday   Showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 6 to 10 mph becoming south southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
August 2 Sunday Night  Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
August 3 Monday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
 
August 3 Monday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
 
August 4 Tuesday   Partly sunny, with a high near 62.
 
August 4 Tuesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
 
August 5 Wednesday   Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
 
August 5 Wednesday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
 
August 6 Thursday   A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
August 6 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 42.
 
August 7 Friday   Sunny, with a high near 59.
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 31 Friday Night  Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. East southeast wind around 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
August 1 Saturday   A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Southeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
August 1 Saturday Night  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. Southeast wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable.
 
August 2 Sunday   Showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 6 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
August 2 Sunday Night  Showers and thunderstorms likely before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
August 3 Monday   A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
 
August 3 Monday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
August 4 Tuesday   A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 57.
 
August 4 Tuesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
August 5 Wednesday   A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
 
August 5 Wednesday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
August 6 Thursday   A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 55.
 
August 6 Thursday Night  A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly clear, with a low around 37.
 
August 7 Friday   A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Sunny, with a high near 53.

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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."

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