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


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
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 2016 (Old)

Note: Sometimes this thread spans a number of pages. You can click through all the pages, or click here to display all in one page.

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#49041 - 01/02/17 09:40 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram by lizsb90 on Jan 1, 2017.

Notice the spindrift of the Whitney summit!




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#49143 - 01/27/17 10:26 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Doug from the Whitney Portal Store shared pictures here.

Here's a picture of the trail head structure. Jan 24, 2017.




And the store:



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#49144 - 01/27/17 10:31 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Oh, and Whitney Portal is ONLY accessible on foot, until sometime in spring when they can clear this massive rockslide.


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#49256 - 02/19/17 11:59 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
This picture taken Friday, Feb 17, 2017, posted on Facebook by Valentino I.

He hiked up Whitney Portal Road past the rockslide.


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#49258 - 02/20/17 05:09 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 925
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
Can anyone relate this to the last big snow year (2011)?

Looking at the snowplot, it looks to be on an all time curve
2017 Snowplot

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#49259 - 02/20/17 05:34 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Harvey Lankford]
John Sims Offline


Registered: 04/20/12
Posts: 489
Loc: Sunnyvale, California
Whitney area is not getting as hard hit as Tahoe, but Donner is forecast to get 40" new snow tonight. And there are more storms coming.
San Francisco achieved their normal annual total yesterday.
Mammoth has already eclipsed last year by 100", and last year was a "good" year.

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#49262 - 02/20/17 10:28 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Recent pictures -- from the Mountaineers Route (North Fork Lone Pine Creek). Most people don't use the Main Trail in winter.

This posted on Instagram by elevatedtv
Caption: Lower Boy Scout Lake
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Also from "elevatedtv", Mt Whitney, from below Lower Boy Scout Lake. "4-6ft base above 10k feet"

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#49263 - 02/20/17 10:38 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram on Feb 14, 2017, by monkeyonamountain

"Here's the moon setting over the Mount Whitney Massif this morning. This was about 20 minutes before sunrise. Love the feeling of touring under the stars. Stepping up towards the moon feels super surreal. Lucky to be out there with friends and the pow skiing was all time!"


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#49266 - 02/21/17 08:24 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 398
Loc: Saugus, CA
Ugh! Beautiful shots!

I can't wait until next winter once I'm out of school, I can finally get back out.
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@jjoshuagregory (Twitter & Instagram) for landscape and mountain photo spamming...

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#49267 - 02/21/17 09:06 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
2600fromatari Offline


Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 450
Loc: San Diego
That picture from LBSL is absolutely gorgeous!

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#49359 - 03/10/17 08:07 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here's a picture posted March 9, on Instagram by pkmcampbell

It is taken looking up from Lower Boy Scout Lake on the North Fork Lone Pine Creek (the Mountaineers Route). The skier is descending over a huge boulder field that requires careful navigation in the summer!

Caption: "Last earned turns of the season coming down from Mt Whitney"





Another pic posted by pkmcampbell:
"Finally reached the top of Mt Whitney. Fantastic cap to the skimo season with @mountain_doc"

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#49477 - 03/27/17 11:18 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on FB by Chris Simpson

Quote:
Pickin's are great on Whitney at the moment. Snow coverage from Meysan Lakes. North Fork was 90% filled in which was very nice. Deep consolidated snow all the way up to the coulior. Was able to glissade 80% of the mountain! Last push was in great shape. No pro used but a few nice rap stations in place. Take advantage of the conditions while they last.


This is a picture from the Mountaineer's Route approach. It is NOT part of the Main Mt. Whitney Trail, which is on the other side of the ridge to the south (left side of picture).


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#49479 - 03/27/17 06:53 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
RenoFrank Offline


Registered: 08/06/11
Posts: 386
Loc: Reno, NV
Originally Posted By: Steve C

This is a picture from the Mountaineer's Route approach. It is NOT part of the Main Mt. Whitney Trail, which is on the other side of the ridge to the south (left side of picture).

Is this pic just below Iceberg Lake?


Edited by RenoFrank (03/27/17 06:54 PM)

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#49486 - 03/28/17 09:15 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: RenoFrank]
bobpickering Offline


Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 268
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Originally Posted By: RenoFrank
Is this pic just below Iceberg Lake?

Yes

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#49516 - 04/01/17 11:58 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
The Whitney Portal Road is now "soft closed" -- that is the locked gate is open, but the Road Closed sign is up. That leaves it up to the driver to decide whether or not to pass the sign. If you do go, you are taking on all the risk -- it gets expensive if your car gets stuck up there. If any new snow falls, or fresh rockfall appears, it could be many days before it is removed.

However, current reports show that you can drive up to the snow line -- almost to Whitney Portal.

Here's a picture from Egor G on Facebook, posted April 3, showing cars parked along the road near Whitney Portal:


Edited by Steve C (04/03/17 09:20 AM)

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#49525 - 04/03/17 09:35 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 6822
Loc: Fresno, CA
Pictures from Igor G on Facebook, posted Apr 4.

Pictures caption: "Whitney via the mountaineers route. Great snow conditions, if not perfect! An overnight at the iceberg lake. Highly recommended!"

This is a view of the "Final 400" section of the Mountaineer's Route -- not the Main Trail.


Topping out:

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