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#52376 - Yesterday at 09:01 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Rohit Dube Offline

Registered: 10/11/17
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
Anyone who has done Mt. Whitney summit on weekend, did you see any snow anywhere on the trail?

#52378 - Today at 07:03 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Rohit Dube]
Bob West Offline

Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 774
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Conditions will change this time of year as temperatures drop and the storm season approaches. Be prepared for whatever might come, including walking on snow. The NOAA forecast for late this week shows a chance of snow showers on Mt. Whitney. Are you ready for that?

#52380 - Today at 09:48 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Bob West]
rex Offline

Registered: 05/31/17
Posts: 4
Loc: Bay Area California
Absolutely right. Any time of the year, conditions can change quickly.

On the 14th, we summited with perfect conditions. Sunny and warm at the top, cold in the shade. Camped at Outpost the 13th and 14th. Was sub-freezing night of the 13th, and just above freezing the second night.

There's no snow on the trail, but there's ice in places. Mainly where the cables are.

#52382 - Today at 05:59 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: rex]
Chris C Online

Registered: 10/16/17
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
10/13/17 summit hike

Start time: 3:06am from Whitney Portal trailhead. In the 30s with minimal wind. Clearly defined trail. Saw a bit of iced-over water before we reached Trail Camp, but not an issue at all.

Sunrise was around 6:20am but didn't have sunlight fall on us until about one-fourth of the way up the 99 switchbacks--we must have been over 4 hours into the hike at that point. Finally got our toes warm again (I had Injinji liners with Darn Smart socks as the outer layer in my Goretex Salomons, so my toes were pretty well insulated).

99 switchbacks had ice only at the Cables, but it was easily managed (we could step along the side of the icy patch, which stretched about 30 feet, I think). That was the only area that had ice of any concern at the time of our hike, but I'm sure that's going to change as it gets colder. We brought our traction cleats but didn't use them.

Stayed chilly throughout the ascent and back down. We essentially didn't change our clothes from beginning to end (beanies, down jackets, hoods, etc). It got a little windy at times, but wind didn't feel like a concern.

Returned to the Whitney Portal parking lot a little past 7:30pm, about one hour after dark. Roundtrip in 16.5 hours. Amazing hike!

Edited by Chris C (Today at 06:00 PM)

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