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#4904 - 06/04/10 10:44 AM Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7262
Loc: Fresno, CA
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.

Older posts moved here:   Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2017 (Old)

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#52465 - 11/21/17 10:21 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7262
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram by Ryan H
His caption: "we were the only ones there 11/17/17"



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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: 7262
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: 7262
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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#52524 - 12/22/17 01:42 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Snacking Bear Offline


Registered: 08/09/11
Posts: 451
Loc: Saugus, CA
Sitting in the VC lot now. Thanks!
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#52552 - 01/25/18 12:17 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7262
Loc: Fresno, CA
Posted on Instagram, Jan 23, 2018 by codymayer22

His caption: Whitney Portal Road, looking beautiful after a night of snow


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#52562 - 01/26/18 07:15 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Ren Offline


Registered: 08/26/13
Posts: 1
Loc: California
so is whitney portal road open?

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#52564 - 01/28/18 09:12 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Christian Offline


Registered: 01/28/18
Posts: 1
Loc: Santa Barbara
I assume everyone has a permit? When will the roads and trails open up again?

Thank you in advance 😃

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#52566 - 01/28/18 09:31 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Christian]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 793
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Don't count on it being open until Spring. Call the Inyo FS number listed on this link:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation

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#52570 - 01/30/18 03:38 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Bob West]
Lindy25 Offline


Registered: 01/30/18
Posts: 1
Loc: CA
Any recent reports up Whitney Trail?

I talked to the Rangers at Lone Pine - they mentioned a lot of freeze-thaw cycles creating icy areas at higher elevations. They thought no crampons or ice axe needed until above Lone Pine Lake.

I plan to head up there this wknd and hike the extra 4 miles with the closed gate, and would appreciate any recent insight!

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#52571 - 01/30/18 04:05 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Lindy25]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 793
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
No local reports that I've heard regarding the Whitney trail. Maybe Moosie has heard something.

I talked with a snow-surveyor friend last night, and he said that the surveyors had to carry their skis over Kearsarge Pass last week: no skiable snow. It is looking pretty dry south of Onion Valley, but above 12000 on Whitney it will be very icey. Ice axe and crampons needed for certain; not micro-spikes and poles.

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