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#44911 - 11/27/15 09:29 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
yeahi Offline


Registered: 11/26/15
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Haha, thanks! Looks like we'll be trying to snag a spot to camp at Death Valley today, then just camping down in the Alabama Hills tomorrow and explore around. No Lone Pine Lake this time! Thanks again!

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#44921 - 11/28/15 09:05 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7875
Loc: Fresno, CA

Current conditions posted by Pete K on FB:
Quote:
OK, so an update on conditions on the Mt Whitney Trail today. Myself and my step-son AJ broke trail from the Portal to Trail Camp in 4 hrs this morning. About 1-2 inches of new snow on the road up to the portal and on the trail for the first 2-3 miles. Really cold temps in the early am!! Snow depth gradually increased as we ascended to TC. Snowshoes NOT needed although we passed quite a few people carrying them! We used micro spikes the whole way.

The snow right now is very dry, soft and fluffy, in other words not consolidated. Have no idea what the conditions on the switchbacks above TC are like but my guess is unconsolidated new snow possibly making for slippery conditions even with crampons!? We made the decision to turn around at 10 am (early?) and got back down to the Portal by 1 pm. There were some campers at TC who said Friday night up there was EXTREMELY cold and also hadn't tried to summit. We also passed a couple of other parties on their way up who where planning on summiting today....don't know if they made it but they were sure leaving it late.

In approximate 8 hrs on the trail we had sun for about 1-1.5 hrs TOPS so if you're planning a trip in the near future please don't plan on the sun for warmth, bring lotsa warm clothes! Hope this helps for anyone trip planning. Enjoy the pics!!









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#45000 - 12/14/15 08:49 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7875
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Facebook Dec. 14 by Andrew R.

He reported: "Was nice to drive up to Mt Whitney and tame a hike in the snow."



But last night a storm dumped snow low enough to blanket Whitney Portal and the road. So driving up there would be more challenging now.

Edit: Andrew R has subsequently posted that the pictures were taken "a couple weeks ago".

Additional picture:


Edited by Steve C (12/14/15 11:34 AM)

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#45014 - 12/16/15 12:32 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Noxx Offline


Registered: 11/04/15
Posts: 3
Loc: Canada
Current road conditions (as of Dec. 16th)







Will report trail conditions this week-end.

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#45020 - 12/16/15 10:15 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Noxx]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7875
Loc: Fresno, CA
Noxx, Thank you for posting the pictures!

One thing that stands out: The road has been plowed.

But then this picture is posted on Facebook. Sure are mixed messages.



At the same spot:



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#45031 - 12/18/15 11:32 AM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Mikey Offline


Registered: 12/18/15
Posts: 3
Loc: Los Angeles
New guy here, thought I'd post some images of the MR route from Thanksgiving (26NOV2015):

Looking North over Iceberg Lake & before the chute looking at Mt. Whitney from Iceberg Lake:



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#45129 - 01/17/16 11:30 PM Re: Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015 (Out-of-Date) [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7875
Loc: Fresno, CA
Pictures by Rohan A on FB

Whitney Portal Road



Whitney Portal


The trail

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