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Mt Whitney

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.

Whitney Portal Sign Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access:
Snow showers through Monday along with cold temperatures then clearing on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of November 26th
The trail has a covering of snow above 10,000 feet that is not melting off due to cold temperatures. Winter mountaineering skills are in force at this point in time. Very few people going to the summit. The quota period has now officially ended, so permits are there for the asking.

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 also check out our Mt Whitney Aerial Flight Video (a moving view completely around Mt Whitney and its surrounding neighbors).

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

Thursday  12/1  Snow showers, mainly after noon. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 36. Windy, with a west southwest wind 32 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
 
Thursday Night 12/1  Snow showers, mainly before midnight. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 19. Windy, with a west wind 28 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
 
Friday 12/2  Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Southwest wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Friday Night 12/2  A 30 percent chance of snow showers after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind 11 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
Saturday 12/3  Snow showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 32. Southwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 12/3  Snow showers. Low around 29. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
 
Sunday 12/4  Snow showers. High near 32. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
Sunday Night 12/4  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18.
 
Monday 12/5  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 27.
 
Monday Night 12/5  A slight chance of snow showers before 10pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 16.
 
Tuesday 12/6  Sunny, with a high near 27.
 
Tuesday Night 12/6  Mostly clear, with a low around 16.
 
Wednesday 12/7  Sunny, with a high near 28.


The Photo Above 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. From here you will have 2,496 feet of elevation gain left before reaching the summit.

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.

Thursday  12/1  Snow showers, mainly after noon. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 18. Wind chill values as low as -9. Windy, with a west southwest wind 33 to 36 mph, with gusts as high as 49 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
 
Thursday Night 12/1  Snow showers, mainly before midnight. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around 3. Wind chill values as low as -18. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 30 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
 
Friday 12/2  Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Wind chill values as low as -18. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
 
Friday Night 12/2  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -6. West wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
 
Saturday 12/3  Snow showers likely, mainly after 10am. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. Breezy, with a west southwest wind around 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 12/3  Snow showers. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 14. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
 
Sunday 12/4  Snow showers. High near 16. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
 
Sunday Night 12/4  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 3. Breezy.
 
Monday 12/5  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 11. Breezy.
 
Monday Night 12/5  A slight chance of snow showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 1.
 
Tuesday 12/6  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 11.
 
Tuesday Night 12/6  Mostly clear, with a low around 2.
 
Wednesday 12/7  Sunny, with a high near 13.



Whitney Summit Hut

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR WHITNEY'S SUMMIT AT 14,508 FT

Thursday  12/1  Snow showers, mainly after noon. The snow could be heavy at times. High near 12. Wind chill values as low as -16. Windy, with a west southwest wind 36 to 38 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches possible.
 
Thursday Night 12/1  Snow showers, mainly before midnight. The snow could be heavy at times. Low around -8. Wind chill values as low as -16. Very windy, with a west southwest wind 31 to 40 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.
 
Friday 12/2  Mostly sunny, with a high near 12. Wind chill values as low as -23. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.
 
Friday Night 12/2  A 30 percent chance of snow showers, mainly after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -13. West wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
 
Saturday 12/3  Snow showers likely, mainly after 10am. The snow could be heavy at times. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 10. Breezy, with a west southwest wind 18 to 21 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
 
Saturday Night 12/3  Snow showers likely. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 8. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
 
Sunday 12/4  Snow showers. High near 10. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches possible.
 
Sunday Night 12/4  A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -3. Breezy.
 
Monday 12/5  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 5. Breezy.
 
Monday Night 12/5  A slight chance of snow showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around -4.
 
Tuesday 12/6  A slight chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny and cold, with a high near 4.
 
Tuesday Night 12/6  Mostly clear, with a low around -4.
 
Wednesday 12/7  Sunny, with a high near 5.


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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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