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#22362 - 03/27/12 09:33 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: WildTurkey]
SoCal Hiker Offline


Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 9
Loc: Pasadena, CA
Hi everyone,

I'm new to this board and have done the main trail in the distant past.

Planning on heading up the last weekend of April and looking for updates on conditions after this past storm. Any new updates on trail conditions/temps?

Thanks

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#22382 - 03/28/12 11:36 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: SoCal Hiker]
Nick B Offline


Registered: 03/21/12
Posts: 2
Loc: San Diego, CA
Greetings!
I will be going up the week/weekend before you, and provided I make it to a computer quickly after my return, I will try to post about conditions and a picture or two if I can figure it out how!
Safe travels.

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#22385 - 03/28/12 12:33 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: SoCal Hiker]
WildTurkey Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Dana Point, Ca
I am going up the wed of the last week of April and my buddies the same time as you.. we are going up the Mountaineers route, there is a chance we may have to come down the Main Trail and can give you probably the best condition report your gonna find.. its a great your doing it again after so many years!

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#22473 - 03/30/12 12:03 PM Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
ColoradoKid Offline


Registered: 03/19/12
Posts: 1
Loc: Colorado
In late April I am driving out from Colorado to climb Mt. Whitney. I'll be in the area for up to a week, so I'm also hoping to climb Mt. Russell and Muir. I'm looking for trail conditions and route suggestions. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

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#22482 - 03/30/12 01:20 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: ColoradoKid]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
BobPickering and Richard P. are hiking the Mountaineers Route as I write this. I am hoping there will be a trip report and possibly pictures of the area when they return.

(You can view Bob's SPOT track here. He provides the link in his profile.)

To view the SPOT track, you'll need to zoom in carefully, dragging the map to center the Mt Whitney area, since his track currently shows also where he was last hiking up near Tahoe. Then click the Terrain button, and you get a pretty good view.

Edit 3/31: Bob posted a trip report, and Richard P posted pictures. Here's the link: 3-30-12 Mountaineers' Route Day Hike

It is a Mountaineers Route report, but there is one picture of the main trail / switchbacks from the summit:








Edited by Steve C (03/31/12 11:01 PM)

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#22574 - 04/02/12 12:21 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Dave W. Offline


Registered: 04/02/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA
Hi,

Another newbie here (new to this board and to Mt. Whitney), no luck in the lottery so also thinking about going up the last weekend of April. Did Langley, Williamson & Conness last summer.

Wondering if crampons + ice axe will be sufficient for the main trail? I guess hard ice on the switchbacks could be a pain, will watch this board for updates.

I'm a pretty fast hiker but expect to spend a night on the trail because dealing with crampons slows me down, might be too much for a day hike? Not really sure.

Thanks to all you hikers posting trip reports and pix.

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#22578 - 04/02/12 03:11 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Dave W.]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
Dave W: I like that picture.

Check out mine:  

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#22604 - 04/03/12 09:59 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Dave W.]
SoCal Hiker Offline


Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 9
Loc: Pasadena, CA

Hi Dave,
Nice to know that we will have some company on the hill the last weekend.

Been hiking between 20-25 miles/week since the beginning of March so feel like I'm in pretty good shape.

We are bringing crampons, ice axe, snowshoes and trekking poles along and plan on determining what to hike with based on current conditions when we get there.

I keep checking the weather at Barcroft and snow depth at Cottonwood daily, but Cottonwood seems to be about a week behind (low battery?).

Here's hoping the weather holds grin

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#22607 - 04/03/12 10:14 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: SoCal Hiker]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
SoCal, be sure to check the links on the Mt Whitney Weather page (link under the webcam images above). There are several good ones in there.

> but Cottonwood seems to be about a week behind (low battery?).

Not sure what you are seeing. Maybe try your browser's refresh button. We have a link on the Mt Whitney Weather page to it, and checking it there, it appears to be up-to-date.
Snow depth graph at Cottonwood Lakes, elev. 10150'

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#22619 - 04/03/12 02:24 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
SoCal Hiker Offline


Registered: 03/27/12
Posts: 9
Loc: Pasadena, CA
Thanks Steve,

Must not have cleared my cache. Getting current data now.
Still looks like White Mountain Summit is down though.

I also have the Whitney weather page bookmarked now.

Thanks again,

John

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#22643 - 04/04/12 10:53 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Dave W. Offline


Registered: 04/02/12
Posts: 2
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA
Wow, did you pack an inflatable kayak up to 1,000 Island Lake? That shows true love for watercraft.

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#22645 - 04/04/12 11:16 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Dave W.]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
> Wow, did you pack an inflatable kayak up to 1,000 Island Lake?

Nope, Rick the mule did. They were foldable kayaks: Folbots  

Here's the link: Kayaks on Thousand Island Lake   Three mules carried three kayaks plus all the gear for seven campers.

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#22698 - 04/07/12 10:26 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
WildTurkey Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Dana Point, Ca
NICE!! Maybe I could get one of those and make back packing luxurious enough for my wife to come to the wilderness with me someday. Can u rent Mules?

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#22701 - 04/07/12 01:47 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: WildTurkey]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
When you rent a mule, you hire the packer and his horse, too. So it adds up. We split the cost between everyone, though, so a group hiring a mule to pack the backpacking gear isn't so bad.

I'll be back to packing my own this summer, though.

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#22704 - 04/07/12 02:42 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
MooseTracks Offline


Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Heck, Steve, just do like this guy:



(He was heading back along the Desolation Wilderness trail out of Tahoe. I assume he floated Lake Aloha, don't know about any of the others!)
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#22708 - 04/07/12 11:19 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: MooseTracks]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
Hardier soul than I!

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#22731 - 04/08/12 11:43 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
Richard P made his 20th summit this year already (one per week!), and has posted some pictures of the trail from April 7, 2012:

Mt. Whitney - April 7, 2012

He wrote that it looks like people are already trying the switchbacks.

The trail is dry to Lone Pine Lake.

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#22744 - 04/09/12 10:37 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
WildTurkey Offline


Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 36
Loc: Dana Point, Ca
Thanks for all your information Steve, from the portal rd to renting mules, your contributions really are appreciated.

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#22921 - 04/16/12 10:08 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
sylvain77 Offline


Registered: 04/16/12
Posts: 3
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA
Hi
I should try the MR next weekend (04/22) and I'm still wondering if I take my skis or if I rent snowshoes. My question is : at which elevation can we start using skis?
Thanks
Sylvain

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#22930 - 04/16/12 12:44 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012 (Out-of-Date) [Re: sylvain77]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7235
Loc: Fresno, CA
Sylvain77: Bob Pickering and Richard P climbed the Mountaineers Route on March 30.

Here's Bobs' trip report:   3-30-12 Mountaineers' Route Day Hike

And here are Richard P's pictures   Mt. Whitney Mountaineer's Route - March 30, 2012

The recent storms dropped a little more snow, but not that much, so conditions will be similar. There just isn't enough snow to warrant snow shoes. Crampons and ice axe are necessary tools. Skis are probably of marginal value.

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