We have a group of older scouts (16-18 years old) and some adults planning on going in a week. Our route is from horseshoe meadows over cottonwood pass, along the PCT, and summit from the west side. We are then going return the same way.

Some questions I have:

--What is the latest on creek crossings along the PCT? Rock creek, Guyot creek, Crabtree creek, Whitney creek?

--Are the switchbacks on the west side(JMT)clear?

--Is the trail to the peak after the switchbacks clear?

--Since we are coming back the same way, not down Whitney portal, should we carry any special equipment?