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Unused Whitney Permits - 2013
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Unused Whitney Permits for 2013            
Up-to-Date through: November 1, 2013                


This table shows the number of permits remaining for both overnight hikes and day hikes on the Main Mount Whitney Trail.  (and day hikes on the non-trail Mountaineers Route.)  During the summer hiking season, you can see what is currently available at the online permit website, Recreation.gov.

Check Recreation.gov for remaining permits (A=Avilable, R=all reserved).  If someone cancels a permit more than two days before, it will show up as Available on the start date of the permit returned. Here are the links for the available slots. Click "Update Availability" to see the 2-week display of available permits:
        Mt Whitney Trail Day Use availability         Mt Whitney Trail Overnight availability

If someone with a reserved permit becomes a no-show (they don't show up and don't phone in before the deadline, which is noon the day before for day hikes, and 10 AM on the entry date for overnight permits), then their permit becomes available to people walking into the Visitor Center and asking. The no-shows become available at 11 AM, (the day before for day hikes, and current day for overnighters).

The Unused columns below show the number of permits left over after all permit activity has completed for that date.  It is the difference between the permit quota and the count of permits issued for the day, and includes the cancelled and no-show permits that were not re-issued to walk-in people.

Relevant discussions:   How do I get a Whitney unused pass?     Unused Whitney permits

Previous / Next unused permits pages:   Unused Whitney Permits - 2012  and  Unused Whitney Permits - 2014


Overnight Day Hike
Quotas: 60 100

Overnight Day Hike
May Unused Unused
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1 W 49 91
2 T 56 92
3 F 34 95
4 S 32 73

5 S 54 72
6 M 51 97
7 T 56 100
8 W 58 95
9 T 52 99
10 F 43 96
11 S 36 51 <-- Tioga Pass road opened in Yosemite,
Second dry winter in a row.
12 S 33 66
13 M 42 95
14 T 42 94
15 W 50 97
16 T 44 89
17 F 31 90
18 S 25 49

19 S 23 70
20 M 39 82
21 T 22 88
22 W 40 95
23 T 33 97 <-- Switchbacks accessible, caution
24 F 18 76 required at the cables.
25 S 8 58

26 S 15 0
27 M 45 60 <-- Memorial Day
28 T 19 92
29 W 46 86
30 T 11 87
31 F 13 77 <-- for 2014, switchbacks accessible. Drier than 2013, but later snows.

Overnight Day Hike
June Unused Unused
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1 S 24 56

2 S 12 46
3 M 47 80
4 T 31 79
5 W 31 92
6 T 30 81
7 F 12 38
8 S 3 13

9 S 26 2
10 M 15 30
11 T 13 29
12 W 19 49
13 T 5 44 <-- for 2014: chute melted out, so not practical for heading up/down
14 F 10 50 Switchbacks have only a few spots where people need to
15 S 2 4 carefully move around/past what snow is left.

16 S 6 27
17 M 1 21
18 T 4 23
19 W 8 29
20 T 16 22
21 F 9 1
22 S 1 9

23 S 16 13
24 M 12 8
25 T 6 24
26 W 16 36
27 T 19 17
28 F 6 12
29 S 2 2

30 S 4 0

Overnight Day Hike
July Unused Unused
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1 M 4 20
2 T 7 35
3 W 13 42
4 T 3 6 <-- Independence Day.
5 F 1 2
6 S 7 3

7 S 24 10
8 M 0 7
9 T 11 34
10 W 6 21
11 T 5 6
12 F 1 24
13 S 0 0

14 S 4 1
15 M 2 9
16 T 20 25
17 W 13 16 <-- Badwater Ultramarathon ends
18 T 10 12
19 F 6 43
20 S 3 1

21 S 0 10
22 M 2 35
23 T 18 11 The week saw foul weather:
24 W 0 11 Thunderstorms and heavy rain,
25 T 3 24 flooding at Whitney Portal,
26 F 13 2 smoke from forest fires farther north
27 S 33 5

28 S 4 5
29 M 1 10
30 T 3 20
31 W 15 15

Overnight Day Hike
August Unused Unused
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1 T 7 6
2 F 4 (2) 4 (4)
3 S 5 0

4 S 9 13
5 M 0 (13) 1
6 T 10 (1) 6 (5)
7 W 4 5
8 T 11 12
9 F 0 19
10 S 1 (2) 0

11 S 0 (1) 9
12 M 2 0
13 T 0 0 (2)
14 W 2 18
15 T 0 1 (10)
16 F 0 1 (3)
17 S 0 8

18 S 0 6 (1)
19 M 16 12 (1)
20 T 5 21
21 W 6 4 (1)
22 T 8 (3) 17 (4)
23 F 2 4
24 S 0 0

25 S 11 (2) 4
26 M 9 19
27 T 2 19
28 W 12 20
29 T 18 19 (2)
30 F 3 (3) 9 (2)
31 S 2 (3) 3

Overnight Day Hike
Sept Unused Unused
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1 S 10 5
2 M 6 (2) 2 (5) <-- Labor Day holiday
3 T 10 20 (2)
4 W 12 31
5 T 3 10 (1)
6 F 0 11
7 S 1 (2) 1

8 S 3 14
9 M 6 15
10 T 17 (1) 10
11 W 22 26
12 T 9 7 (4)
13 F 5 (4) 14 (4)
14 S 2 0

15 S 0 10 (6)
16 M 8 10
17 T 5 14
18 W 0 40
19 T 3 (4) 10
20 F 1 30
21 S 2 (2) 0

22 S 0 0 (1)
23 M 11 5
24 T 26 18
25 W 24 34
26 T 6 50 <-- First snowfall, a few inches,
27 F 7 14 (4)-- down to 9000'
28 S 1 3

29 S 17 (4) 2 (4)
30 M 6 35 (1)

Overnight Day Hike
October Unused Unused
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1 T 38 70 <-- Federal government shutdown
2 W 53 85 | (due to debt limit and a
3 T 54 81 | minority trying to terminate
4 F 52 92 | the Affordable Care Act)
5 S 55 100 |
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6 S 60 94 |
7 M 60 100 | Permit
8 T 56 100 | offices
9 W 60 100 | closed
10 T 60 100 | for 2
11 F 60 100 | weeks
12 S 60 100 |
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13 S 60 100 |
14 M 60 100 |
15 T 60 100 |
16 W 60 100 |
17 T 60 100 |
18 F 40 99 <-- shutdown ended, permit offices re-opened
19 S 44 24

20 S 45 52
21 M 28 87
22 T 43 93
23 W 55 94
24 T 56 97
25 F 29 91
26 S 31 50

27 S 57 75
28 M 60 100
29 T 59 97
30 W 58 97
31 T 58 99
Nov 1 F 43 96


The numbers in parentheses in August and September are the number
of slots that were confirmed online via the Recreation.gov website, but did not show up and pick up their permits. So they are no-show slots that were unavailable for anyone else to use. The number in the main columns are the slots that remained available for walk-in requests.

Re: Unused Whitney Permits - 2013
Whitney Zone #32541 08/01/13 01:05 PM
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The numbers are up-to-date through July 31.

Re: Unused Whitney Permits - 2013
Whitney Zone #32568 08/03/13 08:01 AM
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As a party of 4, trying to get walk-in, day-hike permits, is it worth showing up at 8:30am to try to get group-reduction permits or to just show up before 2pm for the lottery?

I was thinking of just showing up at 8:30am and just sitting there all day till I can scrounge up enough permits for everyone. Is this a prudent strategy?

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AlvChen #32572 08/03/13 09:58 PM
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Alv, I would go in at 8:30 and check every 10 or 15 minutes.

By the way, last year, they estimated at 11 AM the number of no-shows, so made them available then. I have not asked what they are doing this year, but I'd guess 11 AM is the best time.

...maybe you could find out when you are there and report back.

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Steve C #32575 08/04/13 05:24 AM
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Originally Posted By: Steve C
Alv, I would go in at 8:30 and check every 10 or 15 minutes.

By the way, last year, they estimated at 11 AM the number of no-shows, so made them available then. I have not asked what they are doing this year, but I'd guess 11 AM is the best time.

...maybe you could find out when you are there and report back.


I walked in on June 7th (a Friday) looking for a permit for Saturday. It was about 10:45, and there were 3 slots left. At that point in time I was the only one seeking a walk-in permit. The ranger asked me to come back at 11 - just in case - which I did. He jokingly said that if he had issued one at 10:50 then it would be just his luck that 5 people would have walked in at 10:55. So - my WAG is that it may depend upon the day of the week, the weather forecast, the experience of the ranger, the number of slots left, etc as to whether you can get permits for the following day prior to 11. I wanted one before "high" season, so demand would tend to lower, but it was a low-snow year, and it was a Friday.

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KevinR #32585 08/05/13 09:26 AM
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Thanks for the feedback. I guess i'm going in at 8:30am and hopefully I won't have to wait too long for permits.

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We're 6 of us looking for an overnight permit on Sunday Sept 29th . What are the chances that we'd get it? And what options do we have if we don't?
Thanks!

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whitneyhiker929 #33085 09/05/13 11:33 PM
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whitneyhiker929: I answered your other post here.


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