They may come in very handy. Wind chill values as low as -4. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. The mountain will still be there next year. Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day. Snow is rotten, route-finding is necessary and trekking poles are necessary. 7/12 - The West side is snow-free. There were only 3 downed trees on the trail and they were easy to cross. Whitney: Ranger viewed small patches of snow at the top of the switchbacks 6/20 - 90% snow-free. 17% PM. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Majority of snow was east of 'the hump.' Many hikers on this two-day schedule will camp at Trail Camp, which sits at 12,039 feet and a little over 6 miles from the trailhead. Trail follows the best route through this area. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. 10/3 - Trail closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. Tablelands. Mt. Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks. 7/12 - Glenn Pass Snow-free. Many roads on Mt. Trail is easy to follow. SR-530) Road and trail condition reports are updated regularly with help from forest visitors, trail crews and engineering reports. This is a great class 3 route to the summit of Mt. At 14, 508 feet, it is the highest point in the continental United States of America and the only mountain outside of Alaska that soars above 14, 500. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. 6/26 - North side small patches of snow no special equipment necessary. Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. There were only small patches that were easy to avoid. For snowpack data, visit the California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. Wind chill values as low as -6. Downed tree below Evolution Lake at 10,300' blocks stock access to Evolution Basin. 6/6 - Was clear of snow, good trail conditions. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. For the most up to date information on frontcountry trails, check in at the visitor center closest to your trailhead. Last of switchbacks has 30 foot-long patch avoidable by crawling over boulders. 6/5 – Woods Creek trail is snow free to Upper Paradise Valley. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th 7/23 - Creek on the north end of East Lake is knee deep and swift; trekking poles recommended. 6/22 - South side of Muir Pass:Trail is snow-free to lake below Helen Lake. 6/28 - Evolution Creek crossing 20 inches deep trekking poles recommended. Whitney is a 10.7 mile (17.1 km) trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. Mt Whitney is no every Hikes' Bucket list. Trail Camp on Mt Whitney at an elevation of 12,000 ft. Bridge is out at Upper Paradise and the crossing is wide with about 2 ft. deep and swift. 13110 ft) Last Update: 12:59 pm PST Dec 19, 2020. Trail 100% snow-covered with a few foot tracks. 6/29- Cairned route mostly snow free. Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -6°C on Sun morning, min -10°C on Tue night). Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. But even the cables can be rendered useless in early season, so check trail conditions if you plan on hiking Mt Whitney in spring or in early summer during years of heavy snowfall. South side: small rockfall that would make stock travel difficult. Below the tarn there is a much bigger snowfield; it can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. Stock travel is discouraged due to trail washouts on the east side. first recorded fatality on Mt Whitney was due to lightning. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Inyo and Sierra national forests extended their closure orders. North Side - about 120 yards of snow field. 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. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. Wind chill values as low as -9. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between … Wilderness permits must be reserved in advance between Memorial Day weekend and mid-September. However when snow or ice is on the mountain winter mountaineering skills and equipment are necessary for safe travel. Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures until Friday and going forward where we have a slight chance of snow up high on Mt Whitney. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 42. Wilderness Permits are required year round for all overnight wilderness travel, even in winter. Mt Whitney trail condition reports from the folks who live and work on the mountain. Tree is 1/2 mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes juction on the High Trail. Hiking poles recommended. 7/10 - Small snow patch, easily avoidable, rest is clear. 6/5 - Based on parkwide snow levels, trail likely free of snow to Lookout Peak. That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. Last mile before Whitney summit: several large snowfields, some route-finding necessary. Hikers should use caution if attempting to cross on the logjam as they can shift without warning.Glen Pass: The North side of the pass has a well-established snowfield crossing and then some navigation required down the scree field to meet back up with the trail a few hundred feet down.The scree field is a bit loose. sending an email to report trail conditions. 'Trail' difficult to follow at Heather Lake. 7/21 - Snow free, large boulder on bottom switchback on the south side of the pass. Not recommended for stock. West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Between that lower lake and Helen Lake there are two steep snow patches 20 feet long. 11/30 – Expect winter condtions above 9,000 ft. 7/10- Creek crossing between Kern Hot Spring and Kaweah Gap easy fording and no snow. The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed. Aster, Emerald, Pear Lakes have no ice. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. 10/1 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: Beginning at the south boundary of the Sequoia National Park with the intersection of the Great Western Divide, north along the Great Western Divide to Kaweah Gap, southeast to Chagoopa Plateau along the base of the Kaweah Peaks to the Kern Canyon, north to Junction Meadow and the Colby Pass Trail (not included), east along the High Sierra Trail (not included) to the John Muir Trail/PCT (not included), south along the PCT (not included) to the park boundary, and west along the park boundary back to the point of origin. At 14, 508 feet, it is the highest point in the continental United State of America and the only mountain outside of Alaska that soars above 14, 500. 7/12 - There are ten 10-20ft long snowfields on the North Side. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the South Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. Point Forecast: 12 Miles W Lone Pine CA 36.6°N 118.28°W (Elev. The closure does not impact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Whitney can be most directly reached by a 10.7 mile (17.1 km) trail from Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine on the east side of the Sierra. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 7. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 6/15 - The trail was 100% snow free all the way to Grouse lake and virtually snow free all the way to the top of Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. 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. We started our hike 10:00 pm previous day and reached the permit checking area at 12:00am. New Army Pass is the recommended route. Permits for trips beginning during quota season, May 1st through November 1st can be reserved on www.recreation.gov. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast. Good boot pack through snow/ice, entire trail is easy to follow. There is one tree down about ½ mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes junction that could be a stock-stopper. Let’s get that out there right now. Crossed without needing special equipment. Whitney Trail is a non-technical, but strenuous, route to the summit when it is free of snow. The PCT from the junction from Cottonwood Pass to Upper Rock Creek Lake was also clear of snow, good trail conditions. Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. The hike gains 6,100′ of elevation before peaking at 14,505′. 7/16 - JO Pass to JO Pass/Twin Lakes jtn: 7 downed trees- one may be stock impassable. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the North Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. May require shallow wading to get across some. 7/12 - There is one remaining snow patch along Evolution Lake; it is not stock-passable. The Mt. The trail is usually snow-free from July to late September. West wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Not recommended for stock. Whitney Shuttle Service (1 reviews), Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce (2 reviews), Dow Villa Motel (173 reviews), EZ Kampin Rentals (7 reviews), Mount Whitney Motel (34 reviews), Trails … 100 foot patch of snow on top of Pass. 7/21 - Some snow patches with high consequences; Stock passable for experienced packers. 1 night at Whitney Portal, 1 night at Outpost Camp, summitted and spent a last night at Outpost. Hone your mountaineering skills by repeatedly using an ice axe, … Whitney. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available to us. North side of pass has a few small patches of snow. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. 7/4 - Bishop Pass mostly snow free; east side switches shoveled out, 150ft flat snow on top. 2 downed trees- both are stock passable. 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Plenty of great sites already established so it makes for easy setup.2,496 feet of elevation left to gain before reaching the top! Moraine Lake passable. Strong and experienced hikers can complete the Mount Whitney Trail in one long day, but for most, a two-day approach provides much needed time for rest and acclimatization. If you're planning a trip in the park that crosses into the national forest, check SQF Complex fire conditions before you hike, and expect smoke impacts. For more information please see the Inyo National Forest website and closure order. You can also camp at Consultation Lake (near Trail Camp), Outpost Camp (3.8 miles on the trail, 10400 feet), or Lone Pine Lake* (2.8 miles, 9900 feet). Trekking poles helpful. 7/10- Chagoopa Plateau: Several down trees, not good for equestrians. 7/16 - via Rowell Meadow: Trails are in good condition. 6/10 – Road is open (Hume Lake Ranger District). Traction devices (micro spikes) strongly recommended. 6/8 - New Army Pass had large patches of snow and one patch of ice on 6/8, majority of it was up at the pass descending into Cottonwood Lakes basin, used microspikes and poles for a short section up there to get down. East side of Mt. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 29. Whitney , Sequoia National Park Miles: 22 round trip 6/19 - Bishop Pass- E. side, lower down 10 to 20 foot, long patches covering trail, avoidable. 6/10 - Roaring River to Kern Ranger Station: All stream crossings 2 feet or less, not swift but slippery. 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. 11/23 - Micro spikes still necessary. Inyo side above 11,500 ft patchy snow. For more information on trails starting on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, contact the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Office at (760) 873-2483 or check their trail conditions page for more information. Mt Whitney trail condition reports from the folks who live and work on the mountain. The Mount Whitney Trail is a trail that climbs Mount Whitney.It starts at Whitney Portal, 13 miles (21 km) west of the town of Lone Pine, California.The hike is about 22 mi (35 km) round trip, with an elevation gain of over 6,100 feet (1,860 m). Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. The most popular place to camp is Trail Camp (12000 feet), 6 miles up the trail. 11/16 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter. First mile north of Col - three smaller snow fields covering trail at various locations. For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. One of those is 1/2 -mile before Big Wet Meadow- It is a 'stock stopper.' May make stock passage difficult. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Christmas Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. The Mt Whitney Trail is mostly clear except for a few patches of snow here and there due to very little snowfall since early November. The East Side holds a 100ft long, steep, rotten patch of snow. 11/19 - TH to top of the 'hump' is 25% snow/ice-covered, 'hump' to Pear Lake is 65% snow/ice-covered. 7/12 - Snow-free. Whitney Trail Report Backpacking , California , Day Hiking , Destinations and Trails , Eastern Sierra Mountains , Hiking 14er's , Mt. The shortest and most popular route to climb Mt. In the most favorable conditions (late summer) it takes efficient hikers about 12 hours to get up and down, but we … Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 30° 17° 4%. Mountain Loop Highway Conditions (alt. Hiking poles recommended. 10/3 - Due to the Rattlesnake Fire and SQF Complex, the following area is temporarily closed to all individuals: All lands within the exterior boundary of Sequoia National Park in the Kern River drainage, Tule River drainage, East Fork Kaweah River drainage, and the portion of the Middle Fork Kaweah River drainage south of a line defined by the river and the ridge between the Hamilton Lakes basin and Eagle Scout Creek drainage For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. Trail is navigable despite thorns. 6/10 - Taboose Pass Trail on the Inyo National Forest is closed. Weather on Mt Whitney varies greatly during the year and can certainly be unpredictable at times. 10/3 - Palisade Creek Crossing at Middle Fork/PCT junction- 2 feet deep and swift for about 5 feet. North northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. It’s pretty rocky and barren, and doesn’t offer much shelter from the elements. The Mount Whitney Trail, starting at the Whitney Portal, is the most popular route to the summit, and travels for 10.4 miles (16.7 km) with an elevation gain over 6000 feet (1820 m). 6/23 - Park side of pass is snow free. 10/3 - Middle Fork Road to Trailhead is closed. Whitney Ranger District are not cleared of snow or rock fall in winter. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Silliman Pass appears clear of snow, possibly holding snow in shaded areas. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. Snow at this point was ankle-deep. After a temporary fire closure, Sequoia National Forest announced a partial reopening beginning October 2, 2020. There is no way around it for stock, maybe they could go over it. 6/29 - JMT from Crabtree to Mt.Whitney summit: Crabtree to Guitar Lake: snow-free. 11/16 - Road to the trailhead is not plowed in winter. Whitney switchbacks to one-mile from Whitney summit: a few small snow patches. Crampons and ice ax (and the knowledge of how to use them) may be necessary during these times. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. 10/3 - Due to the SQF Fire Complex, formed when the Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire merged south of Sequoia National Park, trail closures are in effect in Sequoia National Forest's Golden Trout Wilderness. Otherwise trail is in good condition. Most can be avoided by going around on rock. The quota period for Mt Whitney is over so permits are there for the asking until April 30th 2021. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12. Straightforward crossings. 11/25 - About 40% of the trail is snow/ice covered. There are a few small patches that can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. Let’s get that out there right now. Mt. Expect many downed trees across the trail. 11/13- Be cautious of potential hazard trees that may drop branches or fall. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Check the Sequoia National Forest website for details. Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. Goat Mountain. Finally, it rises higher than any piece of land in the United States outside of Alaska.Mount Whitney's elevation stature continues to intrigue the h… Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Share Tweet. 7/23 - Snow free, except for one 50ft section of snow below Helen Lake. 6/19 - Horseshoe meadows to the Siberian Outpost/PCT Junction is completely snow-free and stock-passable. 7/28 - Pass is snow-free. Bears appear to be unfazed by mild hazing. Winds increasing (calm on Sun morning, fresh winds from the W by Mon night). 7/4 - Still significant snow on steep, high-consequence. Whitney Trail (11 miles each way, 6,000 feet of gain) distributed lottery-style months in advance of their desired date to go. Better Yourself. Hikers can park at Hospital Rock and walk to the trailhead. Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Micro-spikes: If you're going up the Portal Trail, by al means, bring them along, along with a pair of hiking poles. Day and overnight hikers usually seek permits for the popular Mt. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. We walked the whole night (of course took lots of breaks) At night the weather gets really cold (Need down jacket, winter hat nice gloves) We Summited around 8:10 am. Lots of mosquitoes in Granite Basin. Inyo National Forest website and closure order. 7/12- Snow free, South Fork of the Kings: At the trail crossing the water is about a foot deep. Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. 1 snow field on the last switchback trekking poles and traction aids recommended. 7/7 - 4 downed trees between Roaring River and Big Wet Meadow. 10/3 - Trail south of the pass is closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. North northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. If you are climbing the Mountaineer's Route, though, micro-spikes won't help. Panther Creek is flowing high 3-4" of rocks visible above the water line. No snow impeded travel, was able to cut east from East Kennedy Lake through Volcanic Lakes region to Granite Pass, which was clear of snow. Conditions: N/A: Tomorrow. The hike is 22 miles round trip gaining just over 6700 feet of elevation.. Beginning of the Mt Whitney trail at Whitney Portal, … Mt Whitney, in California, is the highest peak in the lower 48 states at 14,505 feet.When the trail is free of snow in the summer months to early fall, you can follow a well maintained trail up to the summit. Wind chill values as low as -8. The Mount Whitney Trail is a 22 mile out-and-back route that delivers hikers to the top of Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Park. On the park side some snow- no special equipment required. … Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Whitney Trail in favor of a more technical, but more rewarding approach. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. Trail crew hopes to remove these trees next week. Dec 16. There is also large logjam less than 1/4 mile downstream from the old bridge. Trail Report: How to hike Mount Whitney in one day. Many foot prints to follow. 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