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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: 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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