Mt Whitney Webcam
Mt Williamson Webcam
Feature Topics
Shout Box

Who's Online
1 registered (saltydog), 14 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
2042 Members
12 Forums
4000 Topics
39923 Posts

Max Online: 382 @ 11/07/12 05:45 AM
Topic Options
#4904 - 06/04/10 10:44 AM Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
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 (Old)

Top
#40411 - 09/29/14 12:53 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
This posted on Facebook by Kimberly B, from the Sept 27-28 weekend, showing their camp on the Mountaineers' Route near Iceberg Lake. This is about the same elevation as Trail Camp on the main trail.


Top
#40445 - 10/01/14 06:19 PM Mountaineers Route - 9/29/14 [Re: Steve C]
rADRIAANSEN Offline


Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 1
Loc: Porterville-CA

- Upper Boy Scout Lake 9/29/14 6:40 a.m. -




- Upper Boy Scout Lake 9/29/14 6:47 a.m. -




- Upper Boy Scout Lake 9/29/14 8:30 a.m. -




- Iceberg Lake 9/29/14 11:30 a.m. -


Edited by rADRIAANSEN (10/01/14 07:15 PM)
_________________________
rADRIAANSEN
http://www.radriaansen.com

Top
#40932 - 11/10/14 02:36 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Cynthia Offline


Registered: 11/10/14
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Hi everyone, first time posting...

Does anyone know the current trail conditions?

We are planning on hiking up the Mt. Whitney trail this upcoming weekend, and are trying to figure out how much snow pack there might be on the trail.

Thanks for your help!

Top
#40950 - 11/11/14 03:36 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
I just saw this on FB, posted by Carl N:
Quote:
Summitted on 11/8. Perfect summerlike weather and dozens of folks on the trail. Switchbacks had about a foot or more of powder - packed down and not a big hurdle, though it iced up quickly once the sun set, made for a precarious descent. In fact all the trails were ice rinks in the dark, microspikes were a must. Full moon helped with navigation though. Not sure how long this weather will hold, but there may be people summitting on Thanksgiving at this rate.


His pictures are here: Mt Whitney 11/8/14

One of his pictures, on the west side, N of Trail Crest:


To get an idea of temperatures, the Cottonwood Lakes remote station just a few miles south of the Whitney Trail.
(Link is on the Whitney Weather page: Cottonwood Lakes, elev. 10150' 7-day Temperatures


Edited by Steve C (11/13/14 02:23 PM)
Edit Reason: fixed link

Top
#40977 - 11/13/14 01:27 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Cynthia Offline


Registered: 11/10/14
Posts: 2
Loc: California
Thank you for the information Steve. Were you wearing crampons or micro spikes?
Also, the link to the flickr page produces an error, FYI.

Thanks!

Top
#40979 - 11/13/14 02:26 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Cynthia]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
Fixed the link. Thanks for letting me know.

Microspikes should be fine on the trail with that amount of snow.

FYI, a little precip passed through the west side of Whitney today, so there will probably be a little more fresh on the top.

Top
#40998 - 11/16/14 10:34 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Duartizzle Offline


Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 8
Loc: Socal
I attempted to go up on the 14th. There was an un-forecasted storm that rolled in on the 13th. There is a lot of ice on the main trail from lone pine lake until trail camp. The switchbacks have at least 3 feet of snow on them. There was a lot of snow at the cables as well. Its definitely the start of the winter climbing season now. Ice axe and crampons are required. I turned back around a little bit after the cables due to the conditions. I will try and post some pics in a bit.

Top
#41002 - 11/16/14 01:54 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Duartizzle]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
Duartizzle: Thanks for the report! Pictures will be especially good. If you have any trouble posting them, email them to me and I'll put them up. Email is in my profile.

...or just go to the picture gallery forum and upload them yourself: There is a link to uploading instructions there.

Top
#41012 - 11/17/14 04:40 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
Here is Duartizzle's picture:



D: Where did you encounter the last accessible water? I see the Trail Camp pond is frozen over. Did you try to break the ice there?


Top
#41013 - 11/17/14 04:48 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Duartizzle Offline


Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 8
Loc: Socal
Yes I tried to break through the ice but its completely frozen over. I ended up boiling snow. I didn't venture over to Consultation but last accessible water before that would've been Mirror lake.

Top
#41022 - 11/17/14 09:29 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Duartizzle]
dbd Offline


Registered: 11/09/09
Posts: 163
Loc: San Diego
On Nov 13 the highest accessible, flowing water I found was at Trailside Meadow.

Dale B. Dalrymple

Top
#41293 - 01/04/15 12:27 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
jamesvo Offline


Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
Hello everyone I'm james and I have been a long time lurker here. Thanks everyone for all the updates that they have posted. it has helped a lot this past (2014) every time i went to whitney.

I plan on doing my best to contribute to this thread as I am trying to achieve a summit for every calender month for this mountain.

I plan on going this weekend and will update this thread.

but with that said, has anyone gone lately and know the conditions? I am expecting it to be full blown winter.

best regards.

james

Top
#41301 - 01/04/15 11:44 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: jamesvo]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
Good luck, jamesvo! This message came through from Sonya Wilson, who sent a deLorme signal from the summit on Friday, Jan 2. She has a Facebook page, and is a deaf climber on a fundraiser for deaf toddlers.

Top
#41302 - 01/05/15 11:05 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
Leinad E. posted this picture on facebook, with the caption:
"Jan 2nd 2015! HNY!"



That is the door to the summit hut. The snow gets inside during a storm by wind blowing the sugary ice crystals through the cracks around the door!

LE (aka Dan) reported more on their climb:
"It took us total 9 days, (Dec26-Jan3), with waiting at Trail Camp for over 2 days in the storm for window to summit, which also took another 2 days to travel up the switchbacks to summit and back down chute to Trail Camp. After the storm heading back from Trail Camp to Portal, evidence of avalanches all over the switchbacks as well covered our tracks up. We saw no one for the nine days except for a man on second day at Mirror Lake who turned around from heading higher due to winds and passed another man on our way out at Outpost Camp on the 9th day. We were knee to waist deep in snow most of the time above Lone Pine Lake. Before storm, snow was consistently soft. After storm, freeze/thaw signs in snow was significantly noticeable. As well wind loaded drifts hiding in the snow around the cornices."

More of his trip report here.

Top
#41303 - 01/05/15 11:13 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
jamesvo Offline


Registered: 01/04/15
Posts: 2
Loc: CA
Wow. That is quite amazing! Thank yu for the updates. Do you know what route she took? Maybe whitney trail? If so I might opt for the mountaineers route to check it out and update us on the conditions.

Thanks again for coming through guys.

Top
#41305 - 01/05/15 06:27 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: jamesvo]
Akichow Offline


Registered: 04/07/10
Posts: 659
Loc: SF Bay Area
They (Sonya and Dan) took the Whitney main trail with all sorts of variations (shortcuts up chutes, etc.). They planned this as a multiday excursion and ended up camping near Trail Camp for 3 nights to wait out some bad weather. They had to break trail above Trail Camp.

Top
#41583 - 01/24/15 11:33 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Akichow]
Steve C Offline
WHA member

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 5381
Loc: Fresno, CA
I heard from Sonya and Dan that they hiked up from the Lone Pine Creek campground at the 1800M (below 6000') elevation, and hiked up the National Recreation Trail to Whitney Portal.

Doug from Whitney Portal Store and Whitney Portal Hostel reported today:
Quote:
The Road closed sign is up, gate is not closed. Road is very icy starting at the Main entrance to the campground, this area above will not clear till the sun starts hitting this area in a moth or so.

As all years going past the road closed sign is at your own risk and if you get stuck your insurance will not cover the tow, and may be subject to tickets at any time parking above the sign.

Top