Inyo N.F. has updated their map and notes of parking at the Portal. The original PDF document is here: Map of Portal Parking
Here is the map. Click for a full-size view.
Notes from the Inyo document:
#1. Whitney Portal Campground: Group and family campground parking is limited to registered
campground guests. Vehicles must be parked within the designated parking space for their campsite.
#2. No Parking: This area is for Forest Service administrative use only. No public parking on side roads or
#3. Loading and Unloading Zone: Whitney Portal Trailhead, from rockwork identifying the trailhead pedestrian
way, west to Whitney Portal Store pedestrian way is roadside loading and unloading zone where
terrain allows while maintaining a clear safety lane. Additional loading zone is located near the pedestrian
way to the fishing dock and pond.
#4. Picnic Area, Pond, and Whitney Portal Store: No parking pass is needed. Parking is permitted 6am to
8pm for spaces shaded yellow. Whitney Portal Store parking spaces are for store customers only. Day Use
Parking has 12 parking spaces for visitors using the picnic area, fishing pond, or short hikes that do not
enter the Mt Whitney Zone, like Lone Pine Lake.
#5. Hiker Parking: Parking pass required to park after 8pm or prior to 6am. Vehicles not to exceed 20’. No
long term parking. Vehicles parking overnight must display a parking pass on the dashboard with expiration
#6. Recreation Residences: Recreation residence road parking by permission of residence permittee only.Additional notes:
Vehicles are limited to 20ft. in length in the portal parking lots.
Two locations have been identified for loading zones. (blue on the map. North side of road at the trailhead.)
Parking any time after 8pm or before 6am requires a parking pass.
Walk in permits will be issued if quota space is available. However, walk in permits will not be issued a
parking pass so it is essential the party has alternate transportation that does not require parking.