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


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7241
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 2017 (Old)

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#52465 - 11/21/17 10:21 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7241
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram by Ryan H
His caption: "we were the only ones there 11/17/17"



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#52470 - 11/23/17 09:04 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Brian B Offline


Registered: 11/17/17
Posts: 2
Loc: Los Angeles
I hiked 11/22. Started at 9am after camping at the trail head and getting a very late start. Snow and ice starting 1 mile in. Nothing you couldn't handle without poles but it was definitely slippery in areas with no sun and people were wearing microspikes. There was a decent amount of ice early in the day on the logs during the first river crossing that actually caused me slip and fall into the knee-deep water, and it took me an hour to dry off (bring extra socks!!!) but by the evening the ice had mostly melted and it was far easier to cross going back (I debated wearing crampons going back but it seems unnecessary). By the first camp there was a decent amount of snow, maybe knee high. I then snapped lots of pictures in this area and turned back. It took me 9am - 130pm going up, with an hour to dry off plus time to eat and take pictures on the way up, and 2-330pm to get back after 30 minutes of pictures and walking around the first camp area.

Two notes:
-One or two switchbacks were being cut so I tried to create the proper trail
-Once you get near the first camp, stay to the left. There is a false path going across the stream through the meadow. This made me waste some time so although that path may eventually go where you want it to, it's not fun.

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#52471 - 11/23/17 09:38 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Brian B]
Hayden Mills Offline


Registered: 11/17/17
Posts: 4
Loc: CA
Could you post some of those pics?? laugh

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#52472 - 11/23/17 10:03 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Hayden Mills]
Brian B Offline


Registered: 11/17/17
Posts: 2
Loc: Los Angeles
One more thing: I left a cooler bag with a sealed piece of salmon along with 4 Sierra Nevada beers and some sunscreen in a bear storage locker. I won't be able to return anytime soon to grab them, so they are fair game! I plan on alerting the staff tomorrow.






Edited by Brian B (11/23/17 10:07 PM)

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#52473 - 11/25/17 09:03 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Brian B]
Hayden Mills Offline


Registered: 11/17/17
Posts: 4
Loc: CA
Trip Report (11-24-17)

Me and a buddy hiked up to Bighorn Park, and turned around. Out of about 25-30 climbers coming down from Trail Camp, only one had made it. He said there was chest high snow up near Trail Crest, and that the 99 switchbacks were dangerous with the amount of powder snow accumulated on them.

Trail conditions as of Friday. The first 1.5 mile is free of snow, with just a little patch on the trail after the North Fork of Lone Pine Creek crossing. Snow begins a third of the way up to Lone Pine Lake from the creek crossing. The trail is worn down, and therefore has become icy. A lot of hikers were using micro spikes. The log crossing right before Lone Pine Creek is totally doable, and there is little ice left. Above Lone Pine Lake you start to notice a lot more snow but the trail is easy to follow. Above Bighorn Park, snowshoes would be useful, postholing is exhausting.

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#52486 - 12/01/17 10:42 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Hayden Mills]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 449
Loc: Saugus, CA
mtnlover1990 on that "other" message board gave a condition up date on the MR:

Quote:
Conditions as of 11/24/17:

The main gully has a wind slab 4-16 in thick laying on top of a heavy-ish sugar snow. No shooting cracks or whomphing but I opted to climb the rock to the right (more sugar snow on top of rounded boulders) until reaching the notch. A large section of snow in the middle had been torn out suggestive of rockfall that did not trigger a larger slab avalanche.

After the notch, similar conditions exist in the gully leading to summit while the rock to the left is nice and dry albeit steeper.

Expect lots of post holing on the approach to iceberg lake, especially in wind-loaded areas after the snow expected today.


Anybody have more recent info? My brother and I are contemplating an attempt in a few weeks.
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#52522 - 12/20/17 09:41 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7241
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram, Dec 20, 2017, by Ryley F


Lone Pine Lake


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#52523 - 12/21/17 09:59 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7241
Loc: Fresno, CA
Mario T made it to the summit Dec 20.

He wrote on FB:
I made it to the summit yesterday. The weather changed yesterday majorly and made the Mt Whitney trail conditions a bit more difficult There is plenty of ice on the trail starting around 8500 elevation and going to about 10 000 ft elevation. After that snow is consistent all the way up the summit. The night before last night I slept on the Mt Whitney Trail Crest and the wind was pretty dramatic. The temperature dropped below - 20F( that was the max on my keychain) and stayed consistently like that over 13000 ft throughout the day yesterday. The snow is very firm on higher elevation so micro spikes or crampons are helpful. Ice axe is a given. Happy Trails and Happy Holidays!

His picture:

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#52524 - 12/22/17 01:42 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 449
Loc: Saugus, CA
Sitting in the VC lot now. Thanks!
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#52527 - 12/23/17 02:06 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Snacking Bear]
sogood Offline


Registered: 11/21/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Arizona
Hey Snacking Bear! Did you ever check out the MR? Have anything to report?

I'm looking at heading out there next weekend. If there ever was a way to bring in the new year... this sure seems like it.

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#52540 - 01/07/18 04:00 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: sogood]
bluewater Offline


Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 10
Loc: Ca
Long time lurker, infrequent poster here. I just noticed this trip report on FB from the main trail last week (12/28/2017). Very little snow, looks like trail runners were ok, but not for long if the forecasted storm arrives tomorrow.





The trip report here:

https://stevensong.com/usa/california/mount-whitney/

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#52541 - 01/07/18 12:29 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bluewater]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7241
Loc: Fresno, CA
bluewater: Thanks so much for sharing the link!

"stevensong" posted a lot of good pictures showing the conditions of all the important places. Sure wish more hikers would share like that. He also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/icyicefield/

So true that conditions like he reported are probably already gone. I noticed on the webcam views that there was significant snowfall above 10,000' just yesterday (Sat, Jan 6, 2018).

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#52542 - 01/07/18 06:18 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
bluewater Offline


Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 10
Loc: Ca
I appreciate all of the valuable information here on the WZ. I check in regularly and might actually have something to add after a trip next weekend. . .


Edited by bluewater (01/07/18 06:20 PM)

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#52544 - 01/09/18 07:21 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bluewater]
DQ922 Offline


Registered: 11/02/16
Posts: 6
Loc: California
Are you going next week to Mt Whitney? That will be a very cool thing.:-)

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#52545 - 01/09/18 10:00 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: DQ922]
bluewater Offline


Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 10
Loc: Ca
I was planning on going this weekend, and may still go depending on conditions, but the Inyo County Sheriff's Office posted this info on their FB page today. . .

Inyo County Sheriff's Office

UPDATED INYO COUNTY ROAD INFORMATION

Whitney Portal Road, closed due to snow and rocks in the roadway, will re-evaluate after the storm
Onion Valley Road, closed due to snow, will re-evaluate after the storm
South Lake Road, above Bishop Creek Lodge, closed for the season
North Lake Road, closed for the season
Sabrina Road, closed for the season
Horseshoe Meadows Road, closed at the gate, closed for the season
Rock Creek Lakes Road, closed at the snow park, closed for the season
White Mountain Road, open as of today

With this photo:


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