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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:
Cold temperatures with a slight chance of snow for Friday and Saturday on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is subject to closing at this point.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 12/5:
The Whitney Trail is clear up to about 10,000 feet. After that, you will encounter snow as you proceed higher on the mountain. 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

December 17 Wednesday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 17. West northwest wind around 7 mph. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
December 18 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. North wind 3 to 5 mph.
 
December 18 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21. West northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 38. West northwest wind 9 to 13 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. West northwest wind around 10 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 38.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
 
December 22 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
 
December 22 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
 
December 23 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.
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 17 Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Northwest wind around 8 mph. Total nighttime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
December 18 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 28. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
December 18 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 19. West wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 19 Friday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 20 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 31.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.
 
December 22 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 46.
 
December 22 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
December 23 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 44.
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

December 17 Wednesday Night A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -3. West northwest wind around 8 mph. Total nighttime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
 
December 18 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 20. Wind chill values as low as -2. Light and variable wind.
 
December 18 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. West wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
December 19 Friday A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 23. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
December 19 Friday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
December 20 Saturday A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 23.
 
December 20 Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 14.
 
December 21 Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
December 21 Sunday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 21.
 
December 22 Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 37.
 
December 22 Monday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 23.
 
December 23 Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 36.
 
December 23 Tuesday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 23.
 
December 24 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 36. Breezy.

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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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