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#4904 - 06/04/10 10:44 AM Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
This thread is designed to hold posts displaying pictures and describing the current conditions of the Main Mount Whitney Trail (MMWT).  I hope everyone will contribute.

Please feel free to post pictures of your own or from any source (please post a reference to the original location), so that everyone can come here and easily find/read/see the conditions.

Older posts will be moved as conditions change. (As a result, some posts may appear to answer comments that are no longer in the thread.)

Thanks for everyone's help. Your posting trip reports helps untold numbers of hikers following you.

Older posts moved here:   Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2018 (Old)

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#53801 - 07/06/18 08:48 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Kendell Offline


Registered: 06/21/18
Posts: 2
Loc: Illinois
We hiked Whitney on July 2nd and the cables were completely clear. The hike up was 8 hours 20 minutes and down about 6. I went through 4 liters of water as it was really warm. I would recommend starting no later than 2 am for a day hike. We hiked the last 2 1/2 miles in the rain (welcomed rain because we were nearly finished). The thunder I am sure lightning as well was terrifying to anyone above the tree line.

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#53836 - 07/10/18 03:44 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's a blog from a gal who hiked out as the fire began. She talks about hiking down the 99 switchbacks in the thunderstorm. She passed about 20 pairs of abandoned hiking poles.

Golden State of Minds

Her blog covers...
AMS -- barfing several times on the way to the summit

  Being abandoned by her hiking "friends" -- they were waiting for her in their car at the trail head. (With their behavior, it's surprising they actually waited.)

  Meeting two bears at outpost camp

  Activating her InReach SOS due to the fire, and getting reports that it was ok to exit.

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#53837 - 07/10/18 04:54 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Kendall22 Offline


Registered: 07/10/18
Posts: 1
Loc: San Diego
I too summited Whitney on July 8th and got stuck in the storm while on the switchbacks. Our group summited at different times, my boyfriend and I being the first two at 10:15am. We knew the weather was going to turn so we left at 12 when we ran into the rest of our group 5 min from the summit. We returned with them. My sister was the last to summit at the same time as the the girl who wrote the aforementioned blog and her two friends. We heard thunder and I apologized to my sister for not letting her enjoy the summit and we all started down, a storm at 14,000 ft is not to be messed with. The two girls who were with the blog girl knew it was dangerous and told her multiple times to please leave with them; she rudely refused. As we all hiked down they waited for her MULTIPLE times for long periods of time. With all due respect she should have never continued after getting AMS and a picture on a summit is not worth risking your own life or that of your friends.

All of us made multiple mistakes: not setting a turn around time for my sister, waiting on the summit past my own turn around time, and not bivouacing during the storm. We wanted to get down, and down fast. Lessons were learned and it is important to take responsibility for our own actions.

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#53841 - 07/11/18 08:31 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Kendall22]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
Thanks Kendall22. It's illuminating to read the other side of that story.

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#53842 - 07/11/18 09:40 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
RichardK Offline


Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 86
Loc: East Coast Florida
Quote:
I noticed the switchbacks were littered with at least 20 pairs of expensive brand-named trekking poles.


On our first ascent of Whitney, we were coming down the switchbacks amid heavy cloud cover, graupel, and an occasional thunderclap. I heard a buzzing sound and noticed that the hair on my arm was standing on end. I thought about ditching my Leki Makalu's ($125), but decided that conditions weren't that bad yet.

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#53869 - Yesterday at 01:40 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
MHS Offline


Registered: 03/24/18
Posts: 3
Loc: FL
What's the best website for checking weather for Mt Whitney trail and summit? Thanks

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#53871 - Yesterday at 01:53 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: MHS]
VigilAuntie Offline


Registered: 07/02/18
Posts: 3
Loc: North Carolina

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#53874 - Yesterday at 04:39 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: MHS]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: MHS
What's the best website for checking weather for Mt Whitney trail and summit? Thanks


You should check multiple sites. The best ones are easily accessible from the Mt Whitney Weather page, in the Feature Topics box, above on the left. I prefer the NOAA site over Mountain-Forecast.

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#53876 - Yesterday at 09:07 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
OChikers8073 Offline


Registered: 06/12/18
Posts: 21
Loc: CA
My husband and I reached the summit at 8:30am on Saturday July 14th. We left Whitney portal on Thursday at 6:00am and hiked to Trail camp arriving at 11am. It didn't rain on us at all until later that afternoon but by that time we'd already set up camp and finished all our camp chores. The temperature was very mild around 56 degrees. Along the trail on our way to trail camp the creek crossing were all very easy. There is one spot right before Outpost where people were bottle necked all trying to figure out how to cross because the rocks were submerged about 2" under water. We just walked right though it and it was fine. If you have water proof boots it's not an issue. On Friday (summit day) we departed from camp at 4:30 am. By the time we reached the summit at 8:30am clouds were already starting to form and quickly rolling in. Within 30 minutes the summit view was completely obscured looking East. We're glad we got there before it was completely covered in clouds. In hind sight I would have started around 3:30 rather than 4:30. I would say if weather is a concern get up there as early as possible. It was crystal clear when we began and beginning to drizzle on our way down from the 99 switchbacks back into trail camp. One other 'trail condition' that I did notice, not weather related however was the amount of trash in trail camp. It was really shocking to me to see how many items were just strewn about and discarded. From old tent stakes, to plastic eating utensils, to food packaging and many, many, many, wag bags (several near the water). I couldn't believe people could be so careless about such a beautiful place. After we summited I used an empty grocery bag to gather up as much as I could minus the wag bags and carried it down. I'd hope others who see trash would try to do the same. Enjoy the hike and LNT.

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#53877 - Yesterday at 09:42 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: OChikers8073]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
OChikers: Thanks SO much for picking up all the trash.

Too many people don't care, because they're never going back to Whitney.

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#53878 - Today at 01:06 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
MHS Offline


Registered: 03/24/18
Posts: 3
Loc: FL
Thanks

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#53879 - Today at 08:11 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
OChikers8073 Offline


Registered: 06/12/18
Posts: 21
Loc: CA
I'm in love! I can see why people hike many times, including 'crazy jack' from the Whitney Portal Store who we met on the trail and again while having our cheeseburgers smile apparently he has hiked over 170 times!. We also met a ranger along the way with a huge black trash bag, I mentioned the wag bags and she said they'd just removed over 30 of them the week before. There is a way hikers can volunteer to pick up trash on the trail with rangers (and get a free permit!) I'll check it out and post the link here if anyone is interested.

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#53881 - Today at 08:29 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: OChikers8073]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7481
Loc: Fresno, CA
OC: Please do post the info!

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#53883 - Today at 09:59 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
dbd Offline


Registered: 11/09/09
Posts: 207
Loc: San Diego
Friends of the Inyo is among the organizations with opportunities to volunteer.
Check their site for a full calendar of events.
https://friendsoftheinyo.org/

Immediate examples:

Trail Work Thursday — Whitney Portal
July 19 from 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for the summer’s southernmost Trail Work Thursday in the shadow of Mount Whitney on July 19. Meet at 9AM at the Whitney Portal Store to tackle crucial trail work on some of the Eastern Sierra’s most iconic trails.
The Whitney Portal Store is generously donating French fries to reward all volunteers!

All ages welcome. Bring water and sunscreen and wear long pants and closed-toed shoes. We will provide work gloves and tools.

Inyo National Forest Wilderness Project
July 25 - July 29
Inyo National Forest Wilderness Project

Five lucky volunteers will get to spend five glorious days in the Inyo National Forest's wilderness, stewarding trails and swimming in creeks! Stay tuned for details... Space is limited—RSVP now to hold your spot!

Dale B. Dalrymple

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