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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.

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#37397 - 06/12/14 12:57 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Online
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For several good pictures, check out these posted by Hobbes:

6/11 switchbacks open for business

Here is Hobbes' picture at the cables:


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#37965 - 06/25/14 12:38 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Mauricio Offline


Registered: 06/25/14
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Loc: CA
My daughter and I reached the summit of Mt Whitney on June 24th, at 11:06 AM
The trail is in great condition, portal to hut. A lingering patch of snow against the wall at the cables, and a bit more in two of the switchbacks, very firm on our way up, at about 7:30 am, and soft, as expected, on our way back, at about 1:30 pm. There's also a patch of snow on the back side, after the windows, but in my opinion, if you just watch your step, you should be able to walk on it with no special equipment.

Beautiful weather, really warm. We only needed a sweater, or a light jacket most of the way up from Trail Camp, but other than that, it was short sleeves and shorts all the way. The night temperature at trail camp couldn't have been below 40,and there was very little wind.

The only unfortunate thing was the very high amount of wag bags left over, pretty much everywhere. Most of them on Trail Camp, but we saw a few on the switchbacks, and farther up the trail, beyond the JMT junction.

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#39482 - 08/06/14 10:43 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Online
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Summer conditions now. Please watch the weather forecasts as that is the biggest issue during August.

Here's a picture at the cables, July 19:


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#39483 - 08/06/14 10:43 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Online
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August came in with a big Monsoon storm that blew up from Baja California. Thunderstorms and snow! It will be back to normal in a few days.

This picture was posted on Facebook, by John N:

Mt Whitney - Indian Winter. Aug 4, 2014


One more:

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#39638 - 08/13/14 09:48 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 06/02/14
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Loc: WA
Any update on the current conditions? Day hiking MT Whitney trail on Friday 8/15. Weather looks stellar. Planning for the worst, hope for the best smile

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#39640 - 08/13/14 10:18 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: jackdaniels]
Steve C Online
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Loc: Fresno, CA
Current trail conditions are as good as the weather. All that ice and snow is gone from the trails, so your main concern should be the weather.

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#39652 - 08/13/14 08:46 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
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Registered: 06/01/14
Posts: 15
Loc: California, USA
Conditions have improved greatly since Mon & Tues (Aug 11 & 12). When I left Lone Pine this AM, the skies were clear and there was a slight wind but the weather looked really good.

My hiking group encountered rain, hail, thunder, lightning, high winds and a couple rock slides on Aug 11 & 12. Yesterday, we made it half way up the swithbacks before we turned around. A few of the hikers returning from Trail Crest reported 50 - 60 mile winds and ankle high snow/ice. We did not have Yaktrax or crampons so we ended our attempt frown

Good luck and have a great time!

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