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Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
#4904 06/04/10 10:44 AM
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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.

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56670 02/12/20 09:55 AM
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Vitaly C climbed the the North Fork route (not the Main Trail), and then climbed the East Face, Hairline route.
Here are several pictures from his blog.

Their camp just south of Upper Boy Scout Lk.


They spent the night on a ledge half way up. Here's dawn:


Descending the Final 400 back to the notch.



Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56703 02/20/20 09:55 AM
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Picture from Connie K on FB:
Looking up the route toward the Mountaineers Route from Lower Boyscout Lake. (This is not part of the summer Main Trail route.)


Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56718 02/27/20 10:43 PM
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After a little fresh snow two days ago, pictures from Ayelet B on Facebook, of their climb of Thor Peak.


Top of the chute just below Lower Boy Scout Lake, Thor Peak.



Upper Boy Scout Lake in the lower right. Mt Whitney and Mt Russell


Looking at Consultation Lake and the Main Trail approach to Trail Camp, from the top of Thor.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56727 03/01/20 02:27 PM
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Graham A and his wife climbed the Main Trail to Trail Crest and a little more before turning around due to dangerous steep snow conditions.

His report is here: Mount Whitney Trail, 2/25/2020, up to 13.6K

Here's his picture looking down from Trail Crest toward Trail Camp:

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56758 03/21/20 11:44 AM
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Magnificent photography!! You are a very fortunate person to be able to visit places like that and take such brilliant pictures.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #57090 05/25/20 11:07 AM
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Greetings, I have a main trail day permit for the back half of June and would appreciate any trail conditions readers here might have, particularly with regard to snow conditions on the switchbacks. Much obliged and GLTA.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
jetav8ter #57091 05/25/20 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jetav8ter
Greetings, I have a main trail day permit for the back half of June and would appreciate any trail conditions readers here might have, particularly with regard to snow conditions on the switchbacks. Much obliged and GLTA.
The switchbacks will likely be open by mid-June. Currently, the snowcover is slightly less than on this same date in 2018, and most people were using the switchbacks by June 16 during that year:
http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthreads.php/topics/53085/When_will_Mt_Whitney_switchbac
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snowapp/sweq.action

There'll almost certainly be some lingering patches of snow that you'll have to cross in mid-late June, but you'll probably be able to safely get through them without needing crampons or microspikes. My main concern would be obtaining those permits, as they may be cancelled until June 30, and the gate on Whitney Portal Road is expected to stay closed until then:
https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/

"Inyo National Forest Provides Wilderness Permits Virtually, Effective June 1, except Mt. Whitney
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The exception to this is Mt. Whitney day and overnight permits, which are being cancelled one week in advance of the hiking start day. Please see Inyo County guidance. Mt. Whitney is a high use trail and where rescues and recoveries are common. Whitney Portal Road remains closed at the lower gate.

People who have been awarded a permit reservation for Mt. Whitney on the Inyo National Forest will receive a notice from recreation.gov that notifies them that their reservation has been cancelled and a refund have been issued. There is no action required from you at this time. The credit card used to make the original reservation will be refunded."

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Big Pine #57096 05/25/20 10:09 PM
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I found this picture of the gate on Whitney Portal Road, taken May 16, 2020.

The gate is at the parking lot just past the Hogback Road junction, 3.5 miles from the Mt Whitney Trailhead. Elevation about 6600', so about 1700' vertical elevation below the trailhead. GPS coordinates: 36.5960,-118.2067

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