This trail is about 21 miles round trip and 6,000 feet of elevation, so it is no joke! On the park side some snow- no special equipment required. East side of Mt. Hikers should seek an alternate crossing. 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. 11/16 - Watchtower Trail closed for the winter. 6/26 - North side small patches of snow no special equipment necessary. 11/23 - Micro spikes still necessary. 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. For the most up to date information on frontcountry trails, check in at the visitor center closest to your trailhead. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. 7/2- 1 tree down on the West side of Kearsarge Pass, maybe stock passable. Whitney Trail. The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. Heather Lake is 50% ice-covered. It’s pretty rocky and barren, and doesn’t offer much shelter from the elements. 7/8 - Trail is in good condition. 17% PM. 6/10 – Road is open (Hume Lake Ranger District). Saturday  A chance of snow showers. North Side - about 120 yards of snow field. 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. Sierra, and Inyo national forests are under a temporary closure order as of Monday, September 7, 2020. 6/28 - Evolution Creek crossing 20 inches deep trekking poles recommended. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Snow is rotten, route-finding is necessary and trekking poles are necessary. Whitney: Ranger viewed small patches of snow at the top of the switchbacks Whitney Trail (11 miles each way, 6,000 feet of gain) distributed lottery-style months in advance of their desired date to go. Trail follows the best route through this area. This route skirts the crowds of the Mt. However when snow or ice is on the mountain winter mountaineering skills and equipment are necessary for safe travel. 'Trail' difficult to follow at Heather Lake. 1 snow field on the last switchback trekking poles and traction aids recommended. 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 Trail is navigable despite thorns. 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. Wilderness Permits are required year round for all overnight wilderness travel, even in winter. Partly sunny, with a high near 40. Saturday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. Saturday  A chance of snow showers. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 15. Many foot prints to follow. 7/4 - Still significant snow on steep, high-consequence. Road Conditions; Fire Weather; User Defined Area; Recreation Forecasts; Click Map For Forecast Disclaimer. 7/23 - Kearsarge Lakes: The food storage locker at Kearsarge Lake was moved last season and will not be replaced/moved back until a trail crew is able to make it out there (later in the season). Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. 6/10 - Roaring River to Kern Ranger Station: All stream crossings 2 feet or less, not swift but slippery. Reviews on Whitney Portal Campground in Lone Pine, CA 93545 - Whitney Portal Family Campground (7 reviews), Whitney Portal Store & Hostel (49 reviews), Mt. 10/3 - Trail south of the pass is closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. 7/2 - Roaring River to Elizabeth Pass clear of downed trees. Below the tarn there is a much bigger snowfield; it can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. There are a few small patches that can be avoided by going around on loose sand and rock. West wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 10/3 - Middle Fork Road to Trailhead is closed. 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. Many downed trees, all are stock passable. The East Side holds a 100ft long, steep, rotten patch of snow. 7/12 - There are ten 10-20ft long snowfields on the North Side. Consider all possibilities before you head out on your trip and check out the Trail Safety page for more information on the potential hazards of wilderness travel. The hike is 22 miles round trip gaining just over 6700 feet of elevation.. Beginning of the Mt Whitney trail at Whitney Portal, … (Days 3-6): A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. It is an extremely popular trail, and its access is restricted by quotas from May to October. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. West northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. 6/20 - 90% snow-free. Crossable with caution- trekking poles and water shoes advised. Hone your mountaineering skills by repeatedly using an ice axe, … Moraine Lake passable. 5/28 - Observed from Little Baldy. 7/1 - Kennedy Pass: Patchy snow above 10,000 ft, mainly on north facing slopes, a tiny bit of snow on the N. side of Kennedy Pass. 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. 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… Otherwise trail is in good condition. Forecast Valid: 3pm PST Dec 19, 2020-6pm PST Dec 26, 2020 . This massive peak offers a variety of summit climbs, including the East Face and East Buttress. Micro-spikes: If you're going up the Portal Trail, by al means, bring them along, along with a pair of hiking poles. 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. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 42. 1 night at Whitney Portal, 1 night at Outpost Camp, summitted and spent a last night at Outpost. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Wind chill values as low as -6. The South Side has one small remaining snow patch. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between … Last of switchbacks has 30 foot-long patch avoidable by crawling over boulders. Inyo and Sierra national forests extended their closure orders. Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds numerous distinctions. 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. 6/29 - South side - snow free. The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed. Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers. Majority of snow was east of 'the hump.' For the most recent updates and a map of the closures, check the Inciweb page for the Rattlesnake Fire. Small patches of snow above 11,000ft, bigger patches of snow above 11,800ft. Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. Expect many downed trees across the trail. All creeks crossings in the Tyndal area are manageable. Guitar Lake to Mt. It is the highpoint of both Tulare & Inyo counties. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Temperatures at the lower elevations are generally warm. But if you come across seriously icy conditions, turn around! Wind chill values as low as -9. You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions. Wilderness permits must be reserved in advance between Memorial Day weekend and mid-September. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. 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). Last mile before Whitney summit: several large snowfields, some route-finding necessary. 7/10- Chagoopa Plateau: Several down trees, not good for equestrians. 6/23 - Park side of pass is snow free. Please call Darrington Ranger District at 360-436-1155 to give a conditions report after your visit. Tree is 1/2 mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes juction on the High Trail. Wind chill values as low as -3. The frequency of summer showers increase at higher elevations and correspondingly there are more cloudy days. 7/23 - Snow free, except for one 50ft section of snow below Helen Lake. The Whitney Portal Store, located 13 miles west of Lone Pine, lies next to the Mount Whitney trail head and has operated by permit from the Inyo National Forest since 1987. 30° 17° 4%. The closure does not impact Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 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. 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). Whitney , Sequoia National Park Miles: 22 round trip Partly cloudy, with a low around 7. Trail is easy to follow. 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. Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Plenty of great sites already established so it makes for easy setup.2,496 feet of elevation left to gain before reaching the top! Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 24. 6/15 - The Kings River crossing at Upper Paradise is passable. 6/29- Cairned route mostly snow free. 7/12 - Snow-free. They may come in very handy. 7/2 - North Side: half-dozen patches of snow, only partially cover the switches, easily avoidable by hikers. 7/12 - The West side is snow-free. Dec 16. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 15. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 29. North side of pass has a few small patches of snow. Whitney Trail in favor of a more technical, but more rewarding approach. Let’s get that out there right now. Mt. The trail averages 550' of elevation gain per mile and features two designated campsites along the way, the generally uncrowded Outpost Camp (10,360'), which is situated in a nicely sheltered meadow beside some running streams, and the much more popular Trail Camp (12,… Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Three Rivers, CA Many roads on Mt. Whitney Ranger District are not cleared of snow or rock fall in winter. 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. Mt. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. There were only small patches that were easy to avoid. Bears appear to be unfazed by mild hazing. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. 6/19 - Bishop Pass- E. side, lower down 10 to 20 foot, long patches covering trail, avoidable. 6/29 - JMT from Crabtree to Mt.Whitney summit: Crabtree to Guitar Lake: snow-free. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. Trekking poles helpful. 7/16 - via Rowell Meadow: Trails are in good condition. Better Yourself. Breezy, with a west wind 13 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Partly sunny, with a high near 18. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. At 3 a.m. on June 10, my brother-in-law Dan and I started walking uphill from the Whitney Portal trailhead. The trail is usually snow-free from July to late September. This is a long and strenuous out-and-back trek that summits Mt. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 7. 13110 ft) Last Update: 12:59 pm PST Dec 19, 2020. Whitney Trail is a non-technical, but strenuous, route to the summit when it is free of snow. Wind chill values as low as -4. 93271. Inyo side above 11,500 ft patchy snow. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. 7/12 - Snow-free on the South Side. SR-530) Road and trail condition reports are updated regularly with help from forest visitors, trail crews and engineering reports. Hiking poles recommended. South side: small rockfall that would make stock travel difficult. One of those is 1/2 -mile before Big Wet Meadow- It is a 'stock stopper.' Point Forecast: 12 Miles W Lone Pine CA 36.6°N 118.28°W (Elev. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Helen Lake to Muir Pass: 50% snow-covered. 6/22 - South side of Muir Pass:Trail is snow-free to lake below Helen Lake. 11/16 - Road to the trailhead is not plowed in winter. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 6/22 - Mostly snow-free. Hikers can park at Hospital Rock and walk to the trailhead. In the most favorable conditions (late summer) it takes efficient hikers about 12 hours to get up and down, but we … 7/6 - Marvin Pass to Comanche Meadow: Trail obscured by white thorn bushes in several spots. 7/10 - Small snow patch, easily avoidable, rest is clear. 6/29 - About 25 yards of snow on the east side. 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. 6/10 - Taboose Pass Trail on the Inyo National Forest is closed. 2 large rocks (2ftx3) on lower switches, partially blocking the trail. According to the closure, all trails, roads, and developed areas within these forests and others in California are closed to the public. For more information please see the Inyo National Forest website and closure order. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. first recorded fatality on Mt Whitney was due to lightning. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. New Army Pass is the recommended route. 7/7 - 4 downed trees between Roaring River and Big Wet Meadow. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Lots of mosquitoes in Granite Basin. Snow at this point was ankle-deep. Panther Creek is flowing high 3-4" of rocks visible above the water line. To Ranger Lake, Trail in good condition. It may be stock passable if stock groups are able to do a bit of shoveling. Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29. 11/30 - Expect winter condtions above 9,000 ft. 7/1 - Trail mostly clear, a few downed trees, Trail kind of disappears for a short period of time just after Frypan Meadow, but then picks up again. Crossed without needing special equipment. 6/6 - Was clear of snow, good trail conditions. Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks. 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. 10/3 - Palisade Creek Crossing at Middle Fork/PCT junction- 2 feet deep and swift for about 5 feet. California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. Trail crew hopes to remove these trees next week. … 47050 Generals Highway 11/19 - TH to top of the 'hump' is 25% snow/ice-covered, 'hump' to Pear Lake is 65% snow/ice-covered. Day and overnight hikers usually seek permits for the popular Mt. There is one tree down about ½ mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes junction that could be a stock-stopper. 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. But for those who want to hike Mount Whitney in one day, this is the recap for you! The Partly cloudy, with a low around 12. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. Mt Whitney trail condition reports from the folks who live and work on the mountain. West northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. For more information please call the Wilderness Office at (559) 565-3766. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Most can be avoided by going around on rock. Traction devices (micro spikes) strongly recommended. Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. 6/19 - Horseshoe meadows to the Siberian Outpost/PCT Junction is completely snow-free and stock-passable. 7/4 - Bishop Pass mostly snow free; east side switches shoveled out, 150ft flat snow on top. 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. The most popular place to camp is Trail Camp (12000 feet), 6 miles up the trail. Trail Camp on Mt Whitney at an elevation of 12,000 ft. West wind 18 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th. 7/25 - Snow free from Crabtree to Whitney Summit and from Trail Crest to Whitney Summit. Silliman Pass appears clear of snow, possibly holding snow in shaded areas. 11/13- Be cautious of potential hazard trees that may drop branches or fall. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. Good boot pack through snow/ice, entire trail is easy to follow. After a temporary fire closure, Sequoia National Forest announced a partial reopening beginning October 2, 2020. Aster, Emerald, Pear Lakes have no ice. 7/23 - Creek on the north end of East Lake is knee deep and swift; trekking poles recommended. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast. The mountain will still be there next year. 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). 7/2 - No downed trees from Marvin Pass to Roaring River via Sugarloaf Valley. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. West southwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Permits for trips beginning during quota season, May 1st through November 1st can be reserved on www.recreation.gov. Mt Whitney trail condition reports from the folks who live and work on the mountain. For more information, check the web pages for Sequoia, Inyo, and Sierra national forests. 10/3 - Trail closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. Straightforward crossings. 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. Between that lower lake and Helen Lake there are two steep snow patches 20 feet long. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. You could spend a lot of time just camping here and taking in the sites without even going on the Mt. The Whitney Portal access Road is now closed. There is a shallow section just down stream from the old bridge. 7/12- Snow free, South Fork of the Kings: At the trail crossing the water is about a foot deep. Check the Sequoia National Forest website for details. 11/25 - About 40% of the trail is snow/ice covered. 6/5 – Woods Creek trail is snow free to Upper Paradise Valley. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 12. 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. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. 100 foot patch of snow on top of Pass. 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. Goat Mountain. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the North Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. Visitors should not expect to be able to store their food in a food storage at Kearsarge Lakes. sending an email to report trail conditions. With more precipitation forecast flows may vary at stream crossings use caution. The shortest and most popular route to climb Mt. At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. Winds increasing (calm on Sun morning, fresh winds from the W by Mon night). 6/21 - Bubbs Creek crossing at East Lake Junction, water is swift ~3ft deep. Hiking poles recommended. 7/12 - Glenn Pass Snow-free. 2 downed trees- both are stock passable. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th 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. 6/5 - Based on parkwide snow levels, trail likely free of snow to Lookout Peak. 7/23 - Charlotte Lakes: Multiple reports of bears obtaining food rewards from improperly stored food in Kearsarge Lakes, Charlotte Lake, Vidette Meadow, and Bubbs Creek areas. Melting quickly. Conditions: N/A: Tomorrow. The hike gains 6,100′ of elevation before peaking at 14,505′. Whitney Trail Report Backpacking , California , Day Hiking , Destinations and Trails , Eastern Sierra Mountains , Hiking 14er's , Mt. Mountain Loop Highway Conditions (alt. defeinbe - Jun 3, 2019 1:44 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2017 Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26. 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. Not recommended for stock. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. Getting There. 7/16 - Ranger Lake to Belle Canyon Pass Trail (including spur trails to Lost Lake and Seville Lake) is in good condition. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the South Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. May make stock passage difficult. Traction devices are a good idea if crossing early in the morning or late in the day. Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures for the next 7 days on Mt Whitney. Tuesday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. There are logs and rocks to cross on, but this isn’t recommended as the logs move. Whitney switchbacks to one-mile from Whitney summit: a few small snow patches. Trail 100% snow-covered with a few foot tracks. This closure will remain in effect until sites can be inspected and hazard trees removed. Let’s get that out there right now. Wind chill values as low as -1. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: Temperatures will be well below freezing (max -6°C on Sun morning, min -10°C on Tue night). 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. Christmas Day  Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. There is also large logjam less than 1/4 mile downstream from the old bridge. Not recommended for stock. Wilderness permits are required for overnight trips. If you are climbing the Mountaineer's Route, though, micro-spikes won't help. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between mid-July and early … North northwest wind 17 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Weather on Mt Whitney varies greatly during the year and can certainly be unpredictable at times. The PCT from the junction from Cottonwood Pass to Upper Rock Creek Lake was also clear of snow, good trail conditions. Crampons and ice ax (and the knowledge of how to use them) may be necessary during these times. Here you will find the most recent trail conditions available to us. Tablelands. Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail Hiked with 2 friends. 7/21 - Snow free, large boulder on bottom switchback on the south side of the pass. 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. Inyo National Forest website and closure order. There were only 3 downed trees on the trail and they were easy to cross. Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. North northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 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. Wind chill values as low as -8. 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 … Mt Whitney is no every Hikes' Bucket list. 7/21 - Some snow patches with high consequences; Stock passable for experienced packers. We started our hike 10:00 pm previous day and reached the permit checking area at 12:00am. 7/16 - JO Pass to JO Pass/Twin Lakes jtn: 7 downed trees- one may be stock impassable. 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. 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable This is a great class 3 route to the summit of Mt. Bridge is out at Upper Paradise and the crossing is wide with about 2 ft. deep and swift. The quota period for Mt Whitney is over so permits are there for the asking until April 30th 2021. First mile north of Col - three smaller snow fields covering trail at various locations. At higher elevations in the night, even in the summer months temperatures can fall below freezing. The start of the hike, the Mt Whitney Portal has everything from campsites and waterfalls to a restaurant and fishing lake. Share Tweet. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. Partly sunny, with a high near 24. 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. Downed tree below Evolution Lake at 10,300' blocks stock access to Evolution Basin. Sunday  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Whitney Portal. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Mount Whitney Weather (Days 0-3): Mostly dry. Due to the number of dead trees in this area, camping is temporarily prohibited in the designated Lower Paradise Valley camp sites. 5 downed trees- all are stock passable. Trail Report: How to hike Mount Whitney in one day. August 13, 2019 . 7/28 - Pass is snow-free. Whitney. This route is usually done in about three days, though more time can be taken to acclimate to the elevation. 7/2 - South Fork of the Kings Crossing (JMT) River is low, approximately 1 ft. deep. For snowpack data, visit the California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. Thursday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. North northwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Partly sunny, with a high near 21. May require shallow wading to get across some. The North Side had a few small patches of snow that could be avoided by going on the edge of the trail or on rock. 7/12 - There is one remaining snow patch along Evolution Lake; it is not stock-passable. Stock travel is discouraged due to trail washouts on the east side. Hiking poles recommended. The Mt. As mentioned above, most backpackers/climbers set up camp here before going for the summit. There is no way around it for stock, maybe they could go over it. 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. West wind 17 to 20 foot, long patches covering trail at various locations two snow. Order as of monday, September 7, 2020 at various locations Guitar! 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