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#4904 - 06/04/10 10:44 AM Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C Online
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This thread is designed to hold posts displaying pictures and describing the current conditions of the MMWT (Mount Whitney Main Trail).  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.

Older posts moved here:
  Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2013
  Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2014

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#35150 - 02/18/14 09:54 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
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Bob H climbed Wotans Throne several days ago and posted some pictures. Here are the switchbacks from Wotans Throne:




Switchbacks on the left, Mt Muir on the right.

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#35151 - 02/18/14 03:57 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
happytrails Offline


Registered: 03/20/13
Posts: 11
Loc: West Covina, Ca
The chute looks very appetizing! Heading up with two colleagues end of April before season opens. Happy climbing everyone!

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#35702 - 04/09/14 06:11 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: happytrails]
ukalpine Offline


Registered: 04/09/14
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Loc: Central
Anybody has any updates for main trail?
I am looking into next week.

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#35755 - 04/11/14 08:22 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: ukalpine]
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Registered: 03/24/14
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Loc: California
Anyone have any updates on the MR or main trail? Has the snow started melting yet with the warm weather?

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#35756 - 04/11/14 09:04 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Expeditiondan]
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Kurt Wedberg, with SMI guiding posted some pictures from his recent trip up the MR. His link. There is pretty much solid snow from Lower Boy Scout Lake on up. (above 10,500') That is the same as Bighorn Park on the Main Trail. Here's one of Kurts pictures at the notch, about 14,000'


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#35769 - 04/11/14 07:52 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Akichow Offline
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Oh wow does that look like fun....

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#35786 - 04/14/14 09:01 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Akichow]
Expeditiondan Offline


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Loc: California
I am wondering how much snow will be left on the MR on July 1 this year when I am going up. Is the snow much lighter than normal this year on the MR?

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#35789 - 04/14/14 11:21 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Expeditiondan]
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> Is the snow much lighter than normal this year

"Much lighter" would be an understatement. California is in the worst drought ever recorded.

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#35791 - 04/14/14 02:23 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
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I guess I should amend the question,

Is the snow in the MR gully low enough that late June will be free of snow?

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#35801 - 04/14/14 11:34 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Expeditiondan]
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The main gully normally doesn't melt out until quite late. But most people just climb the rocks to the left without any problems. That route will be dry and clear by the time you go.

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#35866 - 04/17/14 06:39 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
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I am thinking of heading up this weekend - 4.18-4.20. Where do people typically camp the night before at this time of year? Is Horseshoe Meadows open? I have heard for winter climbs, people usually park in the campground and start from there. Any info is appreciated.

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#35868 - 04/17/14 10:17 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: gatesofthenorth]
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The Portal Road gate opens Friday afternoon. Horseshoe Meadows is closed yet another week. I would drive up to the Portal and camp in the walk-in camp sites just below the parking near the trail head.

If you go up the trail, bring back a report -- first snow, first major snow, etc. How deep was the deepest?

Bring back pictures, too. They will help a lot of people.

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#35979 - 04/23/14 12:46 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
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Bob R hiked to Bighorn Park last weekend, here are a few pictures from his set

Whitney Portal


North Fork Lone Pine Creek



First snow on the trail



The log crossing



Bighorn Park

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#35982 - 04/23/14 08:41 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Expeditiondan Offline


Registered: 03/24/14
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Loc: California
Hopefully we get some good reports from higher up coming in soon.

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#35997 - 04/23/14 05:53 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Expeditiondan]
nyker Offline


Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 111
Loc: New York
wow, log crossing dry...light snow year?

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#36001 - 04/23/14 09:50 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
davidfrietz Offline


Registered: 04/23/14
Posts: 2
Loc: Arizona
I plan on going this weekend for the first time. I want to go before they start requiring permits. Any advice on gear or trails for a first timer?

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#36005 - Yesterday at 01:08 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: davidfrietz]
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Nyker: We're having a major drought here!


David F: there are plenty of permits online in the first two weeks of May, and there will be plenty of unused permits available for walk-ins most of June.

It is mighty early for a first timer to be going. If you are really set on going, go up the Main Trail as far as you feel safe. For gear, take crampons and an ice axe. They will come in handy.

Good luck!

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#36008 - Yesterday at 07:11 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
davidfrietz Offline


Registered: 04/23/14
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Loc: Arizona
Thank you. Will there be any vertical climbing? Or just upgrade hiking? Where is the best spot to set up camp. I plan on going Saturday to sunday

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#36012 - Yesterday at 09:39 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: davidfrietz]
Steve C Online
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The most vertical is the slope to the right of the switchbacks in the picture above.

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