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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 SignQuick summary of Mt Whitney: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy with a slight chance of snow showers on Sunday along with cold temperatures throughout the week on Mt Whitney.

The Whitney Portal access Road is open.

Latest Trail Conditions as of January 26th
The entire trail is covered in plenty of snow. Winter mountaineering skills are in force at this time. 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 Whitney Portal Hosts the Trail-head for Hikers, Backpackers and Climbers on Mt Whitney

THE FOLLOWING IS THE WEATHER FORECAST FOR THE WHITNEY PORTAL AREA AT 8,300 FT

Wednesday  2/1  Sunny, with a high near 35. West northwest wind 3 to 8 mph.
 
Wednesday Night 2/1  Increasing clouds, with a low around 26. West southwest wind 3 to 6 mph.
 
Thursday 2/2  Partly sunny, with a high near 38. West southwest wind 7 to 9 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
 
Thursday Night 2/2  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27. West wind 11 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
 
Friday 2/3  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. West southwest wind 14 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
 
Friday Night 2/3  Partly cloudy, with a low around 26.
 
Saturday 2/4  Sunny, with a high near 39.
 
Saturday Night 2/4  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.
 
Sunday 2/5  A chance of snow showers, mainly before 4pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 33.
 
Sunday Night 2/5  A slight chance of snow showers before 10pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 19.
 
Monday 2/6  Sunny, with a high near 32.
 
Monday Night 2/6  Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
 
Tuesday 2/7  Sunny, with a high near 36.


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

Wednesday  2/1  Sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -4. North wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable in the afternoon.
 
Wednesday Night 2/1  Increasing clouds, with a low around 12. Calm wind becoming southwest around 6 mph after midnight.
 
Thursday 2/2  Partly sunny, with a high near 24. West southwest wind 7 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
 
Thursday Night 2/2  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -3. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 31 mph.
 
Friday 2/3  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Breezy, with a west wind around 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
 
Friday Night 2/3  Partly cloudy, with a low around 12.
 
Saturday 2/4  Sunny, with a high near 24.
 
Saturday Night 2/4  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 9. Breezy.
 
Sunday 2/5  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 17. Breezy.
 
Sunday Night 2/5  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 4. Breezy.
 
Monday 2/6  Sunny, with a high near 17. Breezy.
 
Monday Night 2/6  Mostly clear, with a low around 7.
 
Tuesday 2/7  Sunny, with a high near 21.



Whitney Summit Hut

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

Wednesday  2/1  Sunny, with a high near 16. Wind chill values as low as -9. North wind 3 to 7 mph.
 
Wednesday Night 2/1  Increasing clouds, with a low around 9. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph after midnight.
 
Thursday 2/2  Partly sunny, with a high near 20. West southwest wind 7 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.
 
Thursday Night 2/2  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 11. Wind chill values as low as -7. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
 
Friday 2/3  Mostly sunny, with a high near 18. Breezy, with a west wind around 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph.
 
Friday Night 2/3  Partly cloudy, with a low around 9.
 
Saturday 2/4  Sunny, with a high near 20.
 
Saturday Night 2/4  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Breezy.
 
Sunday 2/5  A chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 13. Breezy.
 
Sunday Night 2/5  A slight chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy, with a low around 1. Breezy.
 
Monday 2/6  Sunny, with a high near 12. Breezy.
 
Monday Night 2/6  Mostly clear, with a low around 4.
 
Tuesday 2/7  Sunny, with a high near 18.


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