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#46223 - 05/12/16 11:44 AM Unused Whitney Permits 2016
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7133
Loc: Fresno, CA
Unused Whitney Permits for 2016            

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 there as Available (within 24 hours of the cancellation. 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 2 PM, the day before for day hikes, and 11 AM 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.

The prior unused permits page is here:  Unused Whitney Permits for 2015



Overnight Day Hike
Quotas: 60 100

Overnight Day Hike
May Unused Unused
==== ---- ----
1 S 42 92
2 M 40 97
3 T 50 98
4 W 57 90
5 T 50 100
6 F 39 91
7 S 43 79

8 S 40 91
9 M 52 92
10 T 51 99
11 W 49 100
12 T 46 100
13 F 23 90
14 S 17 74

15 S 39 82
16 M 44 98 <-- Tioga Pass road opened in Yosemite
17 T 53 96
18 W 41 96 ... May has been cool this year
19 T 20 87 ... so lots of snow on the trail
20 F 16 84 ... Trail Camp: Water is accessible,
21 S 12 66 ... but mostly snow all around.

22 S 21 59
23 M 49 87
24 T 39 97
25 W 47 99
26 T 42 91
27 F 22 67
28 S 7 37

29 S 30 4
30 M 7 59 <-- Memorial Day
31 T 38 93

Overnight Day Hike
June Unused Unused
==== ---- ----
1 W 15 85
2 T 37 79
3 F 18 73
4 S 7 18

5 S 13 45 <-- Switchbacks being used by a few, but no easier
6 M 12 51 -- than the "chute" (direct route from Trail Camp
7 T 28 79 -- to Trail Crest) Some making it only with microspikes
8 W 9 58 -- and ice axe.
9 T 15 34
10 F 14 25
11 S 14 27

12 S 29 26
13 M 33 35
14 T 11 25
15 W 20 40 <-- Most people using the switchbacks. A few still
16 T 6 46 -- using the chute.
17 F 8 14
18 S 13 5

19 S 23 11 <-- Chute pretty much abandoned, everyone
20 M 18 20 -- is using the switchbacks. 2016 has seen an
21 T 5 28 -- "average" snowfall amount, but temps were
22 W 12 43 -- lower and more snow fell in May than other years.
23 T 11 26
24 F 0 24
25 S 0 3

26 S 29 6
27 M 2 28
28 T 11 32
29 W 8 33
30 T 12 17

Overnight Day Hike
July Unused Unused
==== ---- ----
1 F 4 29
2 S 6 23

3 S 2 0
4 M 0 6 <-- Independence Day.
5 T 5 42
6 W 5 22
7 T 7 9
8 F 13 15
9 S 1 4

10 S 1 1
11 M 5 31
12 T 1 19
13 W 10 10
14 T 6 12
15 F 1 9
16 S 0 0

17 S 1 12
18 M 5 11 <-- Badwater ultramarathon start
19 T 9 17
20 W 6 7
21 T 2 8
22 F 0 9
23 S 1 0

24 S 11 0
25 M 13 14
26 T 14 8
27 W 0 11
28 T 0 21
29 F 4 16
30 S 3 7

31 S 13 1

Overnight Day Hike
August Unused Unused
==== ---- ----
1 M 0 18
2 T 13 20
3 W 9 4
4 T 2 11
5 F 4 0
6 S 0 1

7 S 1 12
8 M 3 17
9 T 1 16
10 W 1 20
11 T 3 10
12 F 0 13
13 S 10 2

14 S 8 0
15 M 1 13
16 T 13 8
17 W 11 23
18 T 0 14
19 F 1 24
20 S 10 3

21 S 11 1
22 M 9 20
23 T 8 41
24 W 4 16
25 T 1 29
26 F 0 20
27 S 1 0

28 S 3 1
29 M 13 25
30 T 3 18
31 W 32 23

Overnight Day Hike
Sept Unused Unused
==== ---- ----
1 T 12 28
2 F 0 12
3 S 0 0

4 S 0 0
5 M 9 0 <-- Labor Day holiday
6 T 15 12
7 W 7 12
8 T 7 17
9 F 0 21
10 S 1 4

11 S 3 0
12 M 0 17
13 T 3 17
14 W 5 13
15 T 11 30
16 F 3 0
17 S 2 1

18 S 12 0
19 M 2 8
20 T 10 22
21 W 1 38
22 T 15 40
23 F 4 18
24 S 1 7

25 S 0 3
26 M 14 0
27 T 44 35
28 W 44 47
29 T 4 31
30 F 4 20

Overnight Day Hike
October Unused Unused
==== ---- ----
1 S 0 30

2 S 15 23
3 M 34 54
4 T 16 45
5 W 31 69
6 T 11 42
7 F 17 17
8 S 3 3

9 S 16 6
10 M 17 13
11 T 22 50
12 W 28 58
13 T 29 50
14 F 1 43
15 S 21 37

16 S 43 52
17 M 38 65
18 T 34 82
19 W 28 82
20 T 33 73
21 F 20 73
22 S 7 23

23 S 49 23
24 M 47 94
25 T 32 82
26 W 47 73
27 T 44 92
28 F 26 99
29 S 28 20

30 S 44 88
31 M 51 100
Nov 1 T 59 98

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#48737 - 11/12/16 10:57 PM Re: Unused Whitney Permits 2016 [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7133
Loc: Fresno, CA
The unused permits for this past season are available now. It appears that this year, there were more days with zero permits left at the end of the day, compared to previous years.

I hope this information is useful to people planning their trips.

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#50871 - 07/13/17 12:28 AM Re: Unused Whitney Permits 2016 [Re: Steve C]
Getaview Offline


Registered: 07/12/17
Posts: 2
Loc: WA
Thank you for tallying and posting this information. It's very valuable as I plan my bucket list hike to Whitney. I've tried for 3 years to get permits during Peak Seasons with no success. The permits I could get are for late October which is undesirable.

So, it looks like I have to take my chances and show up midweek in hopes to get an overnight permit. A big risk as I'm driving down from Seattle hitting the couple of Peaks along the way.

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