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Re: Hike to Trail Camp bruce 07/10/20 02:36 AM
4 hours sounds about right. Some faster, some slower, but that would be about the average. As for the round trip, I would peg the middle of the pack hiker taking about 14 hours (8 up, 6 down).
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Re: Hike to Trail Camp Bob West 07/10/20 12:30 AM
My goodness; this is the first time I've read that question. How would you come up with an average?
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Re: Hike to Trail Camp Big Pine 07/10/20 12:11 AM
About 4 hours up and 3 hours down.
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Hike to Trail Camp Team Dirty Boots 07/09/20 11:26 PM
Does anyone know how long, on average, it takes to hike from Whitney Portal to Trail Camp?
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Re: Trail Conditions? Micro Spikes? Big Pine 07/09/20 10:42 PM
I did a stroll to trail camp on July 6 and noticed the following:

- Not as many people as usual, but it's still much more crowded than most trails in the Sierras. There were a few people at Lone Pine Lake, one tent at Outpost Camp, and several tents at Trail Camp.
- Very minor trail damage from the earthquake. There were some sections that were blocked by rocks or downed trees, but they're all very easy to go around.
- One unstable boulder slid a couple hundred feet down a slope in the afternoon. You could see and hear the slide from Trailside Meadow, but the slide was nowhere near the main trail.
- No issues with getting your feet wet at any of the stream crossings.
- The Portal Store is open, and parking isn't a problem.
- No snow on the trail until at least Trail Camp. Some people told me that the only snow on the trail is at the cables (easily bypassed) and isolated patches near the summit (no microspikes needed), but I was unable to verify.
- I saw discarded food wrappings and even a hat on the trail. But thankfully, the only WAG bags I saw were at the trailhead.
- Bugs aren't a problem except below Lone Pine Lake in the evening.
- There are some flowers on the trail but not as many as last July.
- Reports on the summit register are mixed. Some said it's missing, others said it's been moved inside the hut.
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/09/20 02:37 PM
Roger that!
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Re: Mt. Whitney Alternative Challenge StorminMatt 07/09/20 09:14 AM
Another thing worth mentioning is that, if you are willing to forgo climbing 14ers, there are other climbs you can do that are quite comparable to Whitney in many ways. Good examples here would be climbing to the summit of Red Slate Mountain from the McGee Creek Trailhead or climbing to the top of Kuna, Koip, and/or Parker Peak from the Silver Lake Trailhead. Although you only reach the summits of 13ers on these hikes, they are good alternatives to Whitney should permits become a problem or should the trail become closed. They are also a good deal less crowded than Whitney.
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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail Steve C 07/09/20 06:38 AM
Found this picture (from July 7) posted on FB in the High Sierra Trail group, posted by Nate W. It shows a snow patch just before the Whitney summit.

Regarding descending the switchbacks, he reported "The trail here is very icy in many, many places so be extremely careful if you’re in this section while it's still early in the day."


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Sree (Missing since Dec'19) has been found near Mt. Baldy leafsrule71 07/09/20 06:17 AM
idk if everybody caught this. but missing hiker Sree @ Mt. Baldy was found after six months +. god bless there is closure. be safe out there people! https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/06/30/mount-baldy-hikers-find-body-of-missing-california-man/
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Steve C 07/09/20 05:47 AM
You need one permit per person for Wilderness Permits. You won't get 13. You need to use a walk-in campsite at Whitney Portal or Horseshoe Meadows.
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/09/20 04:07 AM
Gotcha, I'll check and see if there are any available that I can get, thanks Steve
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Steve C 07/09/20 03:31 AM
Horseshoe Meadows AND the walk-ins at Whitney Portal are all first-come first-serve.

You need an overnight Wilderness Permit to camp overnight at Lone Pine lake. Those are the same as you need to camp anywhere on the Main Mt Whitney Trail.
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/09/20 02:34 AM
Would we need a permit for the ravine? I like that idea.

Also having a idea, not sure how it'll work, but possibly showing up to Whitney Portal and hiking and staying at Lone Pine Lake the day before and starting early on the permit day? Has anyone done that, or does that sound like a feasible idea?

Thank you everyone for the response...takes the stress out of trying to make the adjustments to enjoy the day hike!
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation markanthonydj 07/09/20 12:52 AM
Horseshoe meadows is a great option if you want to do some acclimation.
https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/inyo/recarea/?recid=20700
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Steve C 07/08/20 10:49 PM
Look at the little-used Ravine Campground area, with ~7 walk-in sites. Unfortunately they may be more heavily used this year due to the earthquake damage to the regular walk-in sites near the Trail head.

Here's a picture, and a link.

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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/08/20 10:40 PM
We were just talking about sleeping in the cars, the only problem is it’ll be 13 people in the group so going to be a challenge to plan. But where there’s a will there’s a way
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/08/20 10:39 PM
That’s awesome to hear, thanks for the update
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Whitney Hiking Tips and Mountain Safety Ian B 07/08/20 07:49 PM
Since Whitney season is now in full swing, here are some friendly tips and reminders on mountain safety from Inyo County Search and Rescue (www.inyosar.com), a local all-volunteer non-profit organization:

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Re: White Mountain Peak, Almost Goose 07/08/20 07:41 PM
It took me about 40 minutes to cover the unpaved portion in each direction. It sounds much worse than it actually was.
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Glacierpaa 07/08/20 07:01 PM
I have a permit for the 15th and received a confirmation reminder today, so I'm sure it is only regarding the campground.
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Ian B 07/08/20 07:01 PM
Whitney hiking permits are still valid. Individual sites at Whitney Portal are still open if you can reserve a spot, it appears that just the Group sites that are not going to be available this year.

I know people do sleep in their cars. Here is a thread:http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthreads.php/topics/38789/all

Other options include Individual sites at Whitney Portal or free camping anywhere in the Alabama Hills off Whitney Portal Road.
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Re: White Mountain Peak, Almost yvonne 07/08/20 06:16 PM
How long did the zen drive take? Just curious. We first drove in a SUV, no problem...I don't think it's the clearance as much as the chicken heads all over the road. Every car that passed us going/coming got a flat; one numnut in a minivan got two flats on the way out. His boy scout troop caravan were scratching their heads on what to do next. Took us about an hour from what I recall driving prudently and stopping for other cars along the way.
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/08/20 05:51 PM
Yeah, I had a reservation for the campground for July 26-27th. Also had a reservation for the day hike on July 27th. Will we still be able to do the day hike? Is there somewhere else we can camp? And I was wondering if we would be able to just sleep in our car the night before in the parking lot? Thanks!!
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Re: Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Ian B 07/08/20 05:23 PM
Did you have a reservation at the group campground?

Inyo National Forest has a new Forest Order closing all group campgrounds and a few remote campgrounds: https://www.sierrawave.net/inyo-national-forest-closes-group-camps-under-forest-order/

They are closing all group campgrounds on the Forest, Grandview in the White Mountains, and Kennedy Meadows out of Pearsonville.
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Recreation.gov Mt. Whitney cancellation Jacksonnicka 07/08/20 05:05 PM
Did anyone else get a E-mail cancellation notice from recreation.gov today? I got a email saying that Mt. Whitney portal would be closed from July15-October 31 due to safety reasons. I am having wishful thinking that it’s just referring to the camping grounds and not the actual day pass. Does anyone have any further information on this? I tried calling Inyo forest services but can’t the line is busy.

If it is cancelled, do I cancel it myself for a refund or just hold on to it myself and they’ll do it for me? Not sure how that works out either
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