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#52719 - 03/09/18 05:24 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: jhmccann]
Baitao Offline


Registered: 12/01/17
Posts: 3
Loc: Michigan, Detroit
Flotation device is a must, a hard lesson learned. We made fresh trail up to lower boy scout lake, normally an hour hike but took us 7 hrs and postholing the whole way (also have to park 2.5 miles away from the trailhead). The snow was soft and waist deep and we have to crawl in some sections.

This was the condition of the weekend of Mar 3-4. Day 1 after a week of snow storm.

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#52721 - 03/11/18 10:21 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Baitao]
jhmccann Offline


Registered: 05/14/17
Posts: 7
Loc: Las Vegas, NV
Hahaha! Obviously I meant to say if you see my truck parked somewhere of Whitney Portal Road...

Well it was a short lived trip. Set up camp but snow conditions got pretty heavy in the evening. Packed out early and called it a weekend.

Always next weekend.


Edited by jhmccann (03/11/18 10:23 PM)

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#52813 - 03/30/18 12:38 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Quick_Wick Offline


Registered: 03/30/18
Posts: 1
Loc: California San Diego
Hi all,

New to this forum and Im planning on hiking the Meysan Lake Trail on the 14th of April to get a good feel of this trail, as I will be doing this route on June 1st to the summit. Im just hiking to Meysan Lake in two weeks to see the conditions. Anyone been on the Whitney Trail or Meysan Lake trail lately? If not, I will update yall in two weeks when I go. Happy trails! thanks cool

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#52866 - 04/09/18 04:01 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
stentorian11 Offline


Registered: 04/09/18
Posts: 2
Loc: San Francisco, CA, USA
Hey Fellow Hikers,
I got a Day-Hike permit for June 18.
I wanted your expertise to see how the trail would look this year, i am mostly worried about the trail after trail camp. Do you think the switchbacks will be open to use by June this year ?
How was the winter this year ? Was it better than last year ?

I did the day hike last year during July and had to unfortunately head back after trail camp as i wasn't prepared enough to take on the chute (Switchbacks were covered in snow) and also partially due to altitude sickness.

Any suggestions are most welcome. Thanks!

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#52868 - 04/09/18 06:47 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: stentorian11]
WanderingJim Offline


Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 234
Loc: California
Originally Posted By: stentorian11
Hey Fellow Hikers,
I got a Day-Hike permit for June 18.


This year has been well below normal for snow in the Sierras. Last year was FREAKING HUGE. No comparing the two.

Switchbacks should probably be clear in late June or at least navigable.


Edited by WanderingJim (04/09/18 09:17 PM)
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#52869 - 04/09/18 10:57 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: WanderingJim]
che Offline


Registered: 02/28/18
Posts: 10
Loc: ca
What is the water availability like in September after a low-snow year at Trail Camp and the switchback spring?

thanks!

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#52870 - 04/09/18 11:35 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: che]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
The spring on the switchbacks above Trail Camp dries up in September. The Trail Camp pond never does.

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#52873 - 04/11/18 09:35 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: WanderingJim]
dunavice321 Offline


Registered: 04/11/18
Posts: 4
Loc: Earth
Would crampons and ice axe be recommended this year from mid-June - mid July? How do the conditions compare to last year (ran into some deep-doo do at top of Wotans throne snow crossing.)

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#52874 - 04/11/18 09:39 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: dunavice321]
jorvack Offline


Registered: 11/06/16
Posts: 9
Loc: CA Sonoma County
The snowfall is indeed quite a bit under where it was last year - however spring has been pretty big.
Since it is a later snow year hard to predict June conditions.

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#52914 - 04/17/18 09:04 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
Update: These pics are out-of-date. The road opened to the Portal Apr 25. see below.

Pictures from last weekend: Apr 14, 2018. These show the cars parked at the locked gate on the road, about a mile below Whitney Portal. Provided by Bob H, on his hike part way up the Mountaineer's Route.






Edited by Steve C (04/26/18 04:34 PM)

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#52916 - 04/17/18 09:18 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
This from Instagram, shared by ayushsobti

It shows the Mountaineers Route, Iceberg Lake out of view on the right, the Mt Whitney summit in the center. Three dots part way up the chute are climbers.


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#52941 - 04/20/18 09:15 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Christopher_H Offline


Registered: 04/20/18
Posts: 1
Loc: CA
Anybody know what current trail conditions are on the main trail?

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#52942 - 04/20/18 11:28 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Christopher_H]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: Christopher_H
Anybody know what current trail conditions are on the main trail?

The picture above of the Mountaineer's Route is the same elevation as Trail Camp, which is just a mile south of that. So There would be similar snow coverage, and the switchbacks will be completely under snow right now.

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#52951 - 04/22/18 09:58 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 by sarahattar

April 15, 2018: This is a view from somewhere high on the slope where the switchbacks are.



Click the pic for a larger view.


Another picture: On the switchbacks



On the crest:

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#52952 - 04/23/18 08:50 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Granny Smith Offline


Registered: 06/13/17
Posts: 11
Loc: California
Good morning Steve & members,

I will be headed up for an overnight trip on 3/4 May, and am planning on climbing via the chute up to Trail Crest. I did this same thing last year in early June, but am curious if anyone knows the current status of the "log bridges" as well as if water is available yet at trail camp. I see the pics from the recent mountaineer's route, but no recent news of folks hiking the main trail towards the chute. Any advice is appreciated as I prepare the final gear list. Thanks everyone.

Cheers,

Nick

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#52965 - 04/25/18 12:05 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
Update, Inyo County Sheriff's Office

Inyo Co. Sheriff's Office update on FB:

Quote:
Inyo County Road Status:

Update: North Lake Road is open to the day-use area
Update 4/27/18: Just in time for the weekend- Horseshoe Meadows Road is now open!

South Lake Road, OPEN
North Lake Road, OPEN - to the day use area
Sabrina Road, OPEN
Horseshoe Meadows Rd, OPEN
Rock Creek Lakes Road, OPEN
White Mountain Road, OPEN
Whitney Portal Road, OPEN
N. Eureka Valley Road, OPEN
Onion Valley Road, OPEN


Inyo County Sheriff's Office posted this on facebook today, April 25, 2018:
Quote:
Inyo County Road Status:
South Lake Road, OPEN
North Lake Road, CLOSED
Sabrina Road, OPEN
Horseshoe Meadows Rd, CLOSED at the gate
Rock Creek Lakes Road, OPEN
White Mountain Road, OPEN
Whitney Portal Road, OPEN
N. Eureka Valley Road, OPEN
Onion Valley Road, OPEN

THANK YOU to the Inyo County Road Department for their hard work! You guys are awesome!


Edited by Steve C (05/04/18 04:46 PM)
Edit Reason: update

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#52969 - 04/26/18 02:40 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Philippe Offline


Registered: 04/28/16
Posts: 10
Loc: CA, USA
Went up the Main trail on April 23:

Pictures:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/qw6CsdYEEea4iy7S6

Cf picture comments

  • Outpost camp (went up the summer trail, no winter shortcut through the front of the meadow)
  • Mirror lake (went up the summer trail, chute access was melted)
  • Trail camp (the main pound is frozen but liquid water can easily be found in small streams and puddles, even at 6AM)
  • chute from trail camp (cable section was visible, but no tracks along the cables)
  • bottom of the chute (safe switchbacks on the chute starting from mid-height. Snow was still icy at 10am when we reached the bottom)
  • trail crest connection with the switchbacks on the summer trail
  • sketchy section on trail crest


@Nick: "log bridges" is completely clear of snow - we only put on our crampons past Mirror lake. Snowshoes were not needed when we went. Bring crampons and ice axes.

@All: thanks for posting and keeping us up to date with the current conditions : )

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#52973 - 04/27/18 09:04 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Philippe]
Granny Smith Offline


Registered: 06/13/17
Posts: 11
Loc: California
Philippe,

Thanks for the update and pictures. The question on the log bridge was more geared towards its integrity, as last year in early June, it had been partially washed out and required some careful maneuvering to avoid a wet transit. I did not think they would be washed out this year with the lower snowfall totals.

Cheers,

Nick

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#52976 - 04/27/18 03:23 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Granny Smith]
Philippe Offline


Registered: 04/28/16
Posts: 10
Loc: CA, USA
@Nick: Makes sense : ) The "bridges of logs" were sturdy and easy to maneuver.


Edited by Philippe (04/27/18 03:23 PM)

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#52992 - 04/30/18 11:45 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Philippe]
Rayna Offline


Registered: 04/26/18
Posts: 6
Loc: CA
@Philippe: Thank you for this! Were the switchbacks generally easy to follow?

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