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#52486 - 12/01/17 10:42 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Hayden Mills]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 499
Loc: Saugus, CA
mtnlover1990 on that "other" message board gave a condition up date on the MR:

Quote:
Conditions as of 11/24/17:

The main gully has a wind slab 4-16 in thick laying on top of a heavy-ish sugar snow. No shooting cracks or whomphing but I opted to climb the rock to the right (more sugar snow on top of rounded boulders) until reaching the notch. A large section of snow in the middle had been torn out suggestive of rockfall that did not trigger a larger slab avalanche.

After the notch, similar conditions exist in the gully leading to summit while the rock to the left is nice and dry albeit steeper.

Expect lots of post holing on the approach to iceberg lake, especially in wind-loaded areas after the snow expected today.


Anybody have more recent info? My brother and I are contemplating an attempt in a few weeks.
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#52522 - 12/20/17 09:41 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram, Dec 20, 2017, by Ryley F


Lone Pine Lake


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#52523 - 12/21/17 09:59 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
Mario T made it to the summit Dec 20.

He wrote on FB:
I made it to the summit yesterday. The weather changed yesterday majorly and made the Mt Whitney trail conditions a bit more difficult There is plenty of ice on the trail starting around 8500 elevation and going to about 10 000 ft elevation. After that snow is consistent all the way up the summit. The night before last night I slept on the Mt Whitney Trail Crest and the wind was pretty dramatic. The temperature dropped below - 20F( that was the max on my keychain) and stayed consistently like that over 13000 ft throughout the day yesterday. The snow is very firm on higher elevation so micro spikes or crampons are helpful. Ice axe is a given. Happy Trails and Happy Holidays!

His picture:

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#52527 - 12/23/17 02:06 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Snacking Bear]
sogood Offline


Registered: 11/21/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Arizona
Hey Snacking Bear! Did you ever check out the MR? Have anything to report?

I'm looking at heading out there next weekend. If there ever was a way to bring in the new year... this sure seems like it.

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#52540 - 01/07/18 04:00 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: sogood]
bluewater Offline


Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Ca
Long time lurker, infrequent poster here. I just noticed this trip report on FB from the main trail last week (12/28/2017). Very little snow, looks like trail runners were ok, but not for long if the forecasted storm arrives tomorrow.





The trip report here:

https://stevensong.com/usa/california/mount-whitney/

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#52541 - 01/07/18 12:29 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bluewater]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
bluewater: Thanks so much for sharing the link!

"stevensong" posted a lot of good pictures showing the conditions of all the important places. Sure wish more hikers would share like that. He also has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/icyicefield/

So true that conditions like he reported are probably already gone. I noticed on the webcam views that there was significant snowfall above 10,000' just yesterday (Sat, Jan 6, 2018).

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#52542 - 01/07/18 06:18 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
bluewater Offline


Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Ca
I appreciate all of the valuable information here on the WZ. I check in regularly and might actually have something to add after a trip next weekend. . .


Edited by bluewater (01/07/18 06:20 PM)

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#52544 - 01/09/18 07:21 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bluewater]
DQ922 Offline


Registered: 11/02/16
Posts: 9
Loc: California,USA
Are you going next week to Mt Whitney? That will be a very cool thing.:-)

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#52545 - 01/09/18 10:00 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: DQ922]
bluewater Offline


Registered: 05/02/12
Posts: 12
Loc: Ca
I was planning on going this weekend, and may still go depending on conditions, but the Inyo County Sheriff's Office posted this info on their FB page today. . .

Inyo County Sheriff's Office

UPDATED INYO COUNTY ROAD INFORMATION

Whitney Portal Road, closed due to snow and rocks in the roadway, will re-evaluate after the storm
Onion Valley Road, closed due to snow, will re-evaluate after the storm
South Lake Road, above Bishop Creek Lodge, closed for the season
North Lake Road, closed for the season
Sabrina Road, closed for the season
Horseshoe Meadows Road, closed at the gate, closed for the season
Rock Creek Lakes Road, closed at the snow park, closed for the season
White Mountain Road, open as of today

With this photo:


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#52547 - 01/22/18 08:53 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: bluewater]
drtolo Offline


Registered: 01/12/18
Posts: 1
Loc: CA
Does anyone have any updated information on conditions? I was hoping to summit in the next week or two. Is Whitney Portal Road currently open?

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#52548 - 01/23/18 08:22 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: drtolo]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
Try calling Inyo County road dept: 760-878-0202
Ask if that gate is still locked. Pls let us know what you hear.

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