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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:
Chance of showers and thunderstorms for the next seven days above 11,000 feet on Mt Whitney. The Whitney Portal Road is now open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of 7/11:
Trail mostly clear at this point especially with the warm temperatures we have been having on Mt Whitney. Some lingering snow and ice in the cables section above Trail Camp.
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

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 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. East southeast wind around 7 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. West wind around 7 mph.
 
July 28 Monday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. West northwest wind around 6 mph becoming calm in the morning.
 
July 28 Monday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Northwest wind around 9 mph.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming southeast in the morning.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
July 30 Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
July 31 Thursday Mostly sunny, with a high near 79.
 
July 31 Thursday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 51.
 
August 1 Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
 
August 1 Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
 
August 2 Saturday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
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 27 Sunday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. South southeast wind around 10 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. South wind 3 to 7 mph.
 
July 28 Monday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. South wind around 6 mph.
 
July 28 Monday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. Northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming south in the morning.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40.
 
July 30 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
July 31 Thursday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
 
July 31 Thursday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
 
August 1 Friday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 54.
 
August 1 Friday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
 
August 2 Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 55.
Mt Whitney North Slope
Mt Whitney Summit Hut 
Fresh Air Traverse 

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,505 FT

July 27 Sunday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 50. South southeast wind around 10 mph.
 
July 27 Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. South southwest wind 5 to 7 mph.
 
July 28 Monday A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. South wind around 7 mph.
 
July 28 Monday Night A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. North northwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
 
July 29 Tuesday A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47. North northwest wind around 6 mph becoming south in the morning.
 
July 29 Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.
 
July 30 Wednesday A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
July 30 Wednesday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
July 31 Thursday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
 
July 31 Thursday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
 
August 1 Friday A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 47.
 
August 1 Friday Night A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
 
August 2 Saturday A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

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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."