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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 Monday and Tuesday then mostly sunny and clear for the rest of the week on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal is now open and the quota for hiking/climbing Mt Whitney is now in force.

Latest Trail Conditions as of July 22nd
The Whitney Portal Road is open so you now have direct access to the Trailhead. The Mt Whitney Trail is clear at this point and lots of people are going to the Summit.

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.
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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

August 22 Monday   A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon. 
 
August 22 Monday Night  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming north in the evening. 
 
August 23 Tuesday  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Northwest wind around 7 mph becoming east southeast in the afternoon. 
 
August 23 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 49. North northwest wind 3 to 7 mph. 
 
August 24 Wednesday  Sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind around 7 mph becoming east in the morning. 
 
August 24 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 49.
 
August 25 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 74.
 
August 25 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 48.
 
August 26 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 73.
 
August 26 Friday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 46.
 
August 27 Saturday  Sunny, with a high near 73.
 
August 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
August 28 Sunday  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.

August 22 Monday   Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. East northeast wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
August 22 Monday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming north northeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening. 
 
August 23 Tuesday  A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. 
 
August 23 Tuesday Night  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. Northeast wind 5 to 8 mph. 
 
August 24 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the morning. 
 
August 24 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 47.
 
August 25 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 63.
 
August 25 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
August 26 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 61.
 
August 26 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
 
August 27 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
 
August 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
 
August 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 61.
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Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
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THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,508 FT

August 22 Monday   Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming calm in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
 
August 22 Monday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Calm wind becoming north northeast around 6 mph in the evening. 
 
August 23 Tuesday  Showers and thunderstorms likely after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. North northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
 
August 23 Tuesday Night  A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 41. Northeast wind 3 to 7 mph. 
 
August 24 Wednesday  A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny, with a high near 61. Light and variable wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon. 
 
August 24 Wednesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
 
August 25 Thursday  Sunny, with a high near 60.
 
August 25 Thursday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
 
August 26 Friday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
 
August 26 Friday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 37.
 
August 27 Saturday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
 
August 27 Saturday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
 
August 28 Sunday  Sunny, with a high near 59.

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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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