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


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7926
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.

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#56218 - 09/04/19 08:11 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7926
Loc: Fresno, CA
This posted Sept 4 on FB by Renée K
Quote:
We just summited yesterday.

It was clear skies at the summit at 8:45 am. (We started our hike at 10:15pm due to a forecast of 0.1” rain at 11am)
Be prepared for all. We got an hour of pea sized hail (it was like getting hit by a BB gun for an hour) and the trail turned into a river of hail. It then rained for the next 5 hours.

Since we started our hike at 10:15pm we missed the update to thunderstorms. The weather said nothing about an hour of hail.



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#56294 - 09/16/19 08:39 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7926
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's a picture of ice at the cables, about 9/14/19
Posted on FB by Kim O


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#56296 - 09/16/19 10:17 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Halfdomer Homer Offline


Registered: 04/07/16
Posts: 49
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Summited on Friday the 13th. Set up camp at Cottonwood Lakes TH on Thursday. Tore down camp at dusk and left because the other campers were so loud I couldn't sleep. Drove to Portal and slept in car around 8:30PM. Started hike at 3:00AM. Trail was in excellent condition, the ice was there at the cables but there was room using the rock steps next to the cables. Small uphill snow patch still there near the summit, but no prob. Mountain Forecast said low 30's wind chill so I lugged my warm winter jacket and gloves and beanie up there for nothing.. summit temps were so warm I didn't need gloves or fleece. Beautiful, clear cloudless day; watched a surprise B-day party with hats and a cake, we all sang.. then right after that a woman put on an inflatable T-Rex costume that was about 7 feet tall and we all took pictures with it. A very surreal day on the summit for Friday the 13th! On the way down the cables were oozing with ice flow, it had even reached the rock steps next to the cables, had to pick steps very carefully to get past it. Otherwise a perfect day, I set a personal record going up (7hrs 50min) and going down (4hrs 30 min) with almost 2 hrs on the summit. Zero AMS once again. All of those San Gorgonio trips really made a difference!

Cheers,
Dan

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#56420 - 10/05/19 12:08 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Trail Lotus Offline


Registered: 09/22/19
Posts: 6
Loc: CA
10/4/19 Clear skies. Temps at Whitney Portal in the morning between 35-40. Temps at summit midday, about 35. However, winds make it feel much colder. Winds about 15 mph at Trail Crest, gusts to 25 mph at summit.

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