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#4904 - 06/04/10 10:44 AM Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C Online
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Registered: 09/22/09
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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]
Steve C Online
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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
Posts: 9
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]
Steve C Online
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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


Registered: 03/24/14
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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]
Steve C Online
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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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Registered: 03/24/14
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Loc: California
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]
Steve C Online
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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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#35837 - Today at 12:15 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Sam Das Offline


Registered: 04/17/14
Posts: 6
Loc: California, USA
Hello,

How is the current condition? Is the main trail covered in snow on the hike up to trail base camp?

I am going in 1st week of June. Would there still be snow on the trail? Do I still need to bring clampon and ice axe during that time of the year?

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#35866 - Today at 06:39 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
gatesofthenorth Online


Registered: 04/17/14
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Loc: United States
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 - 13 minutes 34 seconds ago Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: gatesofthenorth]
Steve C Online
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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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