One of those is 1/2 -mile before Big Wet Meadow- It is a 'stock stopper.' Whitney Portal. Do not rely on trail updates in spring, fall, and winter when there are very few rangers in the field. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: 7/12 - Snow-free. 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. Whitney switchbacks to one-mile from Whitney summit: a few small snow patches. (Days 3-6): A heavy fall of snow, heaviest during Fri night. There are logs and rocks to cross on, but this isn’t recommended as the logs move. Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States. 1 snow field on the last switchback trekking poles and traction aids recommended. At higher elevations in the night, even in the summer months temperatures can fall below freezing. Stock travel is discouraged due to trail washouts on the east side. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 22. Small patches of snow above 11,000ft, bigger patches of snow above 11,800ft. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 7/2 - Roaring River to Elizabeth Pass clear of downed trees. Most backpackers/climbers on Mt Whitney use this as a base camp for Summit day. 7/2 - South Fork of the Kings Crossing (JMT) River is low, approximately 1 ft. deep. 6/20 - 90% snow-free. West southwest wind 13 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph. 7/21 - Snow free, large boulder on bottom switchback on the south side of the pass. California Department of Water Resources snow survey website. 7/2 - No downed trees from Marvin Pass to Roaring River via Sugarloaf Valley. The quota period for Mt Whitney is over so permits are there for the asking until April 30th 2021. Quick summary of Mt Whitney weather and road access: Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38. 10/3 - Trail south of the pass is closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. 7/23 - Snow free, except for one 50ft section of snow below Helen Lake. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 29. Thursday  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 18. 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. Aster, Emerald, Pear Lakes have no ice. Trail crew hopes to remove these trees next week. 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. 6/22 - Mostly snow-free. Please call Darrington Ranger District at 360-436-1155 to give a conditions report after your visit. 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. Three Rivers, CA 6/23 - Park side of pass is snow free. Mount Whitney via Mount Whitney Trail Hiked with 2 friends. Whitney is the highest peak in the continental United States. May require shallow wading to get across some. Trekking poles helpful. Tuesday  Sunny, with a high near 24. All creeks crossings in the Tyndal area are manageable. 7/6 - Marvin Pass to Comanche Meadow: Trail obscured by white thorn bushes in several spots. 7/12 - Glenn Pass Snow-free. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16. Traction devices (micro spikes) strongly recommended. Sunny and clear to partly cloudy with cold temperatures for the next 7 days on Mt Whitney. 6/19 - Kearsarge Pass: snow-free/stock-passable Snow at this point was ankle-deep. Inyo side above 11,500 ft patchy snow. 7/2 - North Side: half-dozen patches of snow, only partially cover the switches, easily avoidable by hikers. Let’s get that out there right now. 6/5 – Woods Creek trail is snow free to Upper Paradise Valley. 7/28 - Pass is snow-free. Mount Whitney is the highest point in the lower 48, with an elevation of 14,505 feet. Saturday  A slight chance of snow showers. The frequency of summer showers increase at higher elevations and correspondingly there are more cloudy days. Trail Report: How to hike Mount Whitney in one day. 7/2- 1 tree down on the West side of Kearsarge Pass, maybe stock passable. Goat Mountain. Road Conditions; Fire Weather; User Defined Area; Recreation Forecasts; Click Map For Forecast Disclaimer. Micro-spikes: If you're going up the Portal Trail, by al means, bring them along, along with a pair of hiking poles. There is no way around it for stock, maybe they could go over it. 7/12 - There is one remaining snow patch along Evolution Lake; it is not stock-passable. That being said, if you detect a thunderstorm developing, vacate the summit and high ridges at once. Breezy, with a west wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 33 mph. Whitney: Ranger viewed small patches of snow at the top of the switchbacks Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. Monday Night  Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. Saturday  A chance of snow showers. For more information please see the Inyo National Forest website and closure order. Between that lower lake and Helen Lake there are two steep snow patches 20 feet long. Getting There. Traction devices may be useful depending on time of day. North northwest wind 16 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. 6/21 - Bubbs Creek crossing at East Lake Junction, water is swift ~3ft deep. Mostly sunny, with a high near 19. Saturday  A chance of snow showers. Winter storms start early in the High Sierra and can surprise unaware wilderness travelers. 10/3 - Trail closed due to SQF Complex and Rattlesanke Fires. The East Side holds a 100ft long, steep, rotten patch of snow. Tree is 1/2 mile down from the Kearsarge Lakes juction on the High Trail. 11/16 - Road to the trailhead is not plowed in winter. The mountain will still be there next year. 7/12- Snow free, South Fork of the Kings: At the trail crossing the water is about a foot deep. Whitney Trail. Latest Trail Conditions as of December 9th As mentioned above, most backpackers/climbers set up camp here before going for the summit. However when snow or ice is on the mountain winter mountaineering skills and equipment are necessary for safe travel. Conditions are continuously changing and wilderness hikers need to plan for inclement weather. This route is usually done in about three days, though more time can be taken to acclimate to the elevation. Many downed trees, all are stock passable. Point Forecast: 12 Miles W Lone Pine CA 36.6°N 118.28°W (Elev. 1 night at Whitney Portal, 1 night at Outpost Camp, summitted and spent a last night at Outpost. This trail is about 21 miles round trip and 6,000 feet of elevation, so it is no joke! 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. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. Christmas Day  A slight chance of snow showers after 10am. At an elevation of 14505 feet (4421 m), Mt. Sunday  A chance of snow showers. May make stock passage difficult. But for those who want to hike Mount Whitney in one day, this is the recap for you! 7/8 - Trail is in good condition. It is the highpoint of both Tulare & Inyo counties. Mount Whitney isn’t for everyone. 'Trail' difficult to follow at Heather 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. The hike gains 6,100′ of elevation before peaking at 14,505′. 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. 7/25 - Snow free from Crabtree to Whitney Summit and from Trail Crest to Whitney Summit. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 7. Ozone and other air pollutants are common here. To Ranger Lake, Trail in good condition. Inyo National Forest website and closure order. Check this page for current information about what's currently open in the parks. Wednesday Night  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. 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. Majority of snow was east of 'the hump.' 7/16 - JO Pass to JO Pass/Twin Lakes jtn: 7 downed trees- one may be stock impassable. Mt. Weather on Mt Whitney varies greatly during the year and can certainly be unpredictable at times. Many foot prints to follow. It is the highest peak in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. Friday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 6/29 - South side - snow free. Monday Night  Mostly clear, with a low around 10. Saturday Night  A slight chance of snow showers. 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. 6/5 - Based on parkwide snow levels, trail likely free of snow to Lookout Peak. Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds numerous distinctions. 6/19 - Horseshoe meadows to the Siberian Outpost/PCT Junction is completely snow-free and stock-passable. 93271. There is a stock-stopper boulder on the South Side; hikers won’t have a problem going around it. 2 downed trees- both are stock passable. 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. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 14. Wind chill values as low as -1. Wednesday  Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. 11/25 - About 40% of the trail is snow/ice covered. Many roads on Mt. first recorded fatality on Mt Whitney was due to lightning. Expect many downed trees across the trail. North Side - about 120 yards of snow field. Learn more-view our air-quality index forecast. You can help us by sending an email to report trail conditions. Hiking poles recommended. 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