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


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7340
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 2018 (Old)

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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: 7340
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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#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: 1
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 Online


Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 201
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: 4
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: 7340
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: 1
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: 4
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: 7340
Loc: Fresno, CA
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.





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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: 7340
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: 7340
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: 7340
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.

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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: 2
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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