Back to albums list Mt. Whitney Permit for Six Overnight Hikers = DENIED! Whitney has two fantastic and classic alpine rock climbs up its East Face. You need a valid ID and a printout of your permit confirmation email to get your permit. You will be notified when results are available. Kennedy Meadows Campground via Pacific Crest Trail. Snow 23 The Mount Whitney Trail. Mt. Ask the ranger about the trail condition when you get your permit. Whitney guided climbs on both of these classic routes. Alternate Routes. I have a narrow window at the end of June that I would like to use, but missed out on the lottery. You can enter up to 15 choices in the lottery. I ditched my binoculars and some other non-essential gear for the hike. The difficulty rating is 5.7. You still have an 11 mile hike back down to Whitney Portal. But those occasions seem to be getting rarer each year. All Rights Reserved, This high Sierras website gives a good overview of the hike, there’s a good book / trail guide if you want to dig deeper, SoCal hiker has great guides on the John Muir Trail, Here are some tips on checking for snow on the trail, people who are inexperienced and unprepared die more often, Eastern Sierra Interagency Visitor Center, interesting account of a lost hiker who spent two days on Mt Whitney, an emergency beacon and/or satellite communication device, watch this video on a failed attempt to summit Kilimanjaro because of altitude, Stamford study (that took place in the Eastern Sierra) found that popping 600mg of Ibuprofen, Mt. Hike 10 miles, 3000 feet of elevation gain, Hike 12 miles, 4000 feet of elevation gain, Hike 14 miles, 5000 feet of elevation gain, Hike 16 miles, 5500 feet of elevation gain, Hike 18 miles, 6000 feet of elevation gain, Hike Whitney, 22 miles, 6200 feet of elevation gain. Mt. At 14,505, Mt. read more about your privacy and HikingGuy.com here. Mt Whitney in the Time of Coronavirus. Mount Whitney O36118e3 1:24,000: First Ascent: August 18, 1873 Begole, Charles (United States) Johnson, Albert Lucas, John: Route #1 : Maintained Hiking Trail: Mt. It is the highpoint of both Tulare & Inyo counties. The route is rated class 3 because of the section from the notch to the summit. Turn by Turn Mt Whitney Hike Directions & Video. 2. Whitney Mountaineers Route! Whitney's summit, so the "peakbagging" L2H - which goes straight to the top - is comparatively more efficient overall, at least by the mileage figures. Remember to pace yourself, stay fueled and hydrated, and don’t go beyond your limits. … 1. Viewing Routes attached to Mountain/Rock: Mount Whitney View All Routes. Mt. Don’t leave food in your car at Whitney Portal, there are bears active. Guided groups are about the only ones ascending Mt Whitney in April. Trips sponsored by organizations or commercial groups must contact the Inyo National Forest wilderness permit office before applying for a Mt. Whitney permit lottery process? Whitney Trail Trailhead: Whiney Portal Campground (Paved Road) 8350 ft/2545 m Vertical Gain: 6148 ft/1874 m Distance (one way): 10.75 mi/17.3 km: Data Source The visitor center is open from 8am to 5pm daily. ... JMT and alternate backcountry routes. Its elevation seems to be continu… The classic East Face route (5.7) and the sustained East Buttress Route (5.7). I’ve seen many folks struggle on the way down after blowing through all their energy on the way up, finishing at Whitney Portal long after sunset. Whitney via the Mountaineers Route. DIFFICULT 9.9 mi. Snow, Alpine 3rd 1-1 I 1 M 1a Mod. 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 human psyche, both from a civilian as well as a governmental perspective. If you have issues with heights, just keep your eyes on the trail. In our descent, I noted some distinctions between the two routes, the biggest being how LONG Mt Whitney Trail is compared to the Mountaineers Route. The elevation at the trailhead is 8360' (2550 meters). Mt Whitney Quest Pages. The shortest and most popular route to climb Mt. Getting to the top is only half the battle. No camping east of the PCT, at Guitar Lake or on the mountain. Dates 2021. Mt. If you did the lottery, you have the california links to such places...i don't have them at hand. There are plenty of places to refill on water. I’ve crawled plenty of times, there’s no shame when it comes to being safe. Alpine weather is volatile and changeable. Whitney Zone- Day Use All Routes JM34.5MWZ Enter a date range and group size, then click Search. Viewing: 1-14 of 14. Langley 14,026′ (4,275 m), the southernmost 14er in the Sierra. (Yeah, word of the day.). Keeping lightly active when you arrive at camp will help alleviate altitude sickness. Why is it named Whitney? There are at least a dozen different routesup the mountain, varying in difficulty and technical skills required. Mount Whitney is the highest mountain in … Mod. Plan for bad conditions at the summit, even if the forecast looks okay. Let someone at home know your plan, and have them expect a call on the evening after your hike. Drinking frequently is an easy way to put the odds in your favor. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. Ice axes and crampons are needed in spring and early summer, but technical climbing equipment is not usually necessary between mid-July and early October. If you’re susceptible to altitude sickness, the Mt Whitney Trail hovers above 12,000ft for multiple miles. Whitney as well, Mt. Whitney Zone, with Mt. This may sound obvious, but if you have an acute fear of heights, this hike will be challenging. Search Routes near: Washington, United States. Whitney. Alternate leaders cannot be added or changed later. Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds numerous distinctions. Whitney Summit, 14,505’ above sea level. royanderson. The climbing line takes you up a steep couloir that separates the northeast ridge from the east buttress of Mt Whitney. I could search them if you need them. April 1-4 May 6-9, 21-23, 28-30 June 4-6, 11-13, 25-27 July 3-5, 16-18, 23-25, 30-Aug 1 August 6-8, 20-22 September 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 October 1-3, 8-10. Carefully planting one foot in front of the other, breathing heavily and climbing in snow with my ice axe, I push on to summit California’s highest mountain — Mt Whitney. Various pictures of Mt. The East Buttress is a bit more direct and sustained at the grade. The first thing you need to do is pick 16 dates that you would like to hike Mt Whitney on. Our Mt. The East Face and East Buttress routes are two of the finest alpine climbs in the United States. The Mount Whitney Trail is the most popular way to ascend and is a long circuitous eleven mile non technical hike up a well graded trail to the summit. Two main routes have been used for FKTs, both from Whitney Portal at 8374'. Nobody will be trying the Main Trail in April. Only the leader or alternate named on lottery application can pick up or use the permit. Mt. The Mountaineers Route is a more direct, steep, and technical route to the summit of Mt Whitney. (we are all 14er newbies) FYI - this trip is in late July. The Mt. Since you will be alone, you will be trying to break trail through miles of soft snow -- pretty much impossible for a lone hiker. DIFFICULT 5.8 mi. royanderson. EASY 1.6 mi. An early “alpine” start, we’ll leave our basecamp and extra gear behind for our summit attempt of Mt Whitney (14,495’). Thanks for all the rapid replies. Viewing Routes attached to Mountain/Rock: Mount Whitney View All Routes. The track on our map here shows both routes. Snow, Alpine 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b. Even if you’re in great shape and you’ve done all your prep correctly, this is still a hard hike. You can make arrangements for the ranger to leave your Whitney permit in a night box if you are arriving late. Whitney. Ok, "waste a plane ticket" was probably a bad choice of words. While different in character both are excellent climbs that end right on the summit of Mount Whitney. Start Here! Whitney 14,505′ (4,421 m) and a traverse across its summit, before continuing on to exit the high peaks near the shoulder of Mt. I plan on staying at a hotel/motel on the 1st.What are my options if I do not win the lottery for May 2-3. And while there are indeed true mountaineering routes up Mt. The snow will be deep and soft at that time, especially if this El Nino weather pattern we are having continues. Hiking Mt Whitney in the Winter Lone Pine, California. The last time I saw Whitney's north chute completely filled in was 2006. Mt Whitney's Mountaineer's Route is the second most popular route up Mt Whitney. Description Are you planning a trip to Mt. The standard approach to Mt Whitney's East Face Routes is the Class 2 approach via the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek. Iceberg Lake is used as the traditional high camp for climbers doing East Face Routes on Mt Whitney. Whitney Trail Trailhead: Whiney Portal Campground (Paved Road) 8350 ft/2545 m Vertical Gain: 6148 ft/1874 m Distance (one way): 10.75 mi/17.3 km: Data Source Hiking Mt Whitney in the Winter Lone Pine, California. I am looking for a route that "escapes" the quota requirement even if it is a longer hike. Base of hike -- Whitney Portal. Mount Langley via Cottonwood Lakes Trail. Whitney and surrounding peaks. Lead photo: Dawn view of Mt. Add Route to Mount Whitney: Create New Attach Existing. The trail is very well-graded and we’ll quickly gain final summit ridge. Lone Pine Lake via Mount Whitney Trail. Whitney via Kearsarge Pass and John Muir Trails is a 43.6 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Independence, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Onion Valley to Mt. Only the group leader on the permit can pick up the permit. Mt. On days where a "L" is shown, click the "L", and enter the lottery information. 2021 Whitney/Russell Dates. Whitney Trail and the Mountaineer’s Route. Besides the 99 switchbacks, most of the trail is a gradual increase and even descends in certain areas. Any ideas here, I want it legal, no sneaking and the possibility of being charged or cited. In fact the race route ends at Whitney Portal, 8 miles and several thousand feet below Mt. Permits are required year-round, and to prevent overuse the BOOK WHITNEY NOW! There are some sections past Trail Crest with sheer drops on either side. Whitney Change: Type: to Trad Sport Toprope Quality: Pitches: Sort by: then: Classic Climbing Routes at Mt. This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our, http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/recreation ... vail.shtml, http://webpages.charter.net/mtwhitneyhiking/dayhike.htm, http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/inyo/recreation ... .shtml>