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#55714 - 07/12/19 07:53 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Jon from AZ Offline


Registered: 07/08/19
Posts: 2
Loc: AZ
Summited the 11th. Used my microspikes in a few places, my friends did not. The cables were sketchy but I went left of the giant snow pile. It was icy in the early morning. It was way different than the dry years. So fun &#128077;

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#55736 - 07/16/19 08:45 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
Pictures shared on FB by Mitch G. July 15, 2019.

At the switchbacks:


Here's a picture of the top switchback just before Trail Crest. Looks like shoveling the section worked. ...or someone came in and re-shoveled it.


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#55737 - 07/16/19 10:50 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
AdventureUSA Offline


Registered: 07/09/19
Posts: 12
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
I'm taking a relatively inexperienced crew up the MR the second weekend in September. Do we think most of the snow will be cleared from the chute/4th class above the notch by then?

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#55738 - 07/16/19 11:23 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: AdventureUSA]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
It will be clear of snow/ice, unless there is a freak early storm, or an especially heavy hail storm just before you go.

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#55739 - 07/16/19 01:49 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
AdventureUSA Offline


Registered: 07/09/19
Posts: 12
Loc: Santa Monica, CA
Awesome, thank you Steve

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#55740 - 07/16/19 07:51 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: AdventureUSA]
futbol Offline


Registered: 06/27/17
Posts: 75
Loc: San Diego, CA
We did the MR the first week of August last year and this is what we encountered. There were small snow patches in the shade, but easily avoidable. There is more snow this year, but it will probably be melted, however you can always get an early storm in September, as Steve said.



[Note the small crescent moon in the sky in the vee.]

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#55748 - 07/17/19 12:52 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Steve C]
Sean Lopez Offline


Registered: 07/17/19
Posts: 1
Loc: California, USA
Hi everyone, thank you for the amazing information and updates. We have a trip scheduled first weekend in August. Is there a need for microspikes going up the main trail, through the switchbacks, and between trail crest and summit? Thanks in advance.

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#55752 - 07/17/19 09:42 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Sean Lopez]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7871
Loc: Fresno, CA
Originally Posted By: Sean Lopez
Hi everyone, thank you for the amazing information and updates. We have a trip scheduled first weekend in August. Is there a need for microspikes going up the main trail, through the switchbacks, and between trail crest and summit? Thanks in advance.

No, not in August.

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#55781 - 07/21/19 10:35 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: futbol]
Kascadia Offline


Registered: 07/23/18
Posts: 19
Loc: PNW - Cascade Foothills
Originally Posted By: futbol
We did the MR the first week of August last year and this is what we encountered. There were small snow patches in the shade, but easily avoidable. There is more snow this year, but it will probably be melted, however you can always get an early storm in September, as Steve said.



[Note the small crescent moon in the sky in the vee.]


Thanks for this picture. It puts the words, "stay left of the main gully" in context.

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#55804 - 07/24/19 12:54 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Kascadia]
ksearing Offline


Registered: 07/24/19
Posts: 3
Loc: Ca
I hiked up on July 22nd. My group brought microspikes, but didn't use them. We all wore trail runners, which gave enough grip on the snow. We didn't bring hiking poles, but they would've been helpful. If you do have poles, try to get baskets on them so they don't sink in the snow.

There are a few stream crossings that either require taking off your shoes or risking getting your feet wet. I'd recommend bringing an extra pair of socks.

The cables were pretty easy to walk past.


The rest of the switchbacks were pretty easy to navigate. There is snow on some of them, but you can clamber on rocks adjacent to the trail to avoid most of it.


The worst area was at the end of the ridge where the trail turns to go up Whitney. I would expect that to have snow for at least another week.


There's some snow in other places, but it is all easier to cross. Here's a patch below Trail Camp.

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#55806 - 07/24/19 01:27 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: ksearing]
Wiff Offline


Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 67
Loc: LA
Very helpful, thanks. Going up Sunday. Is that "worst area" right before the summit?

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#55808 - 07/24/19 09:44 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: Wiff]
ksearing Offline


Registered: 07/24/19
Posts: 3
Loc: Ca
Yep, it was right before the summit. If you look up Mt. Whitney on Google Maps satellite view, it shows snow in roughly the same spot.

I forgot to mention in my previous post, but I'd also recommend bringing light weight gloves. I wore canoeing gloves and was able to keep my hands on the snow to steady myself.

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#55813 - 07/25/19 08:04 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: ksearing]
tpherson Offline


Registered: 03/24/19
Posts: 2
Loc: IN
Ksearing, thank you. This is really helpful. We will be going up in 2 weeks. conditions keep improving, maybe in 2 weeks we will have little to no snow to cross.

Read someone broke an ankle post-holing on the snow below the switchbacks. How were conditions between trail camp and the switchbacks, still quite a snow crossing?

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#55814 - 07/25/19 09:06 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: tpherson]
SIDdhu Offline


Registered: 07/25/19
Posts: 1
Loc: Bay Area, California
Thank you @ksearing, it was very helpful!!

@tpherson and @Wiff, I will be attempting in 3 weeks, so it'll be great if you can post your update after you summit smile

Thanks in advance!!

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#55816 - 07/25/19 11:12 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: SIDdhu]
Wiff Offline


Registered: 07/23/14
Posts: 67
Loc: LA
I will provide a full report!

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#55844 - 07/29/19 03:25 PM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: ksearing]
DQ922 Offline


Registered: 11/02/16
Posts: 10
Loc: California,USA
How often Google map gets updated?

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#55847 - 07/30/19 09:35 AM Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail [Re: DQ922]
bobpickering Offline


Registered: 02/07/10
Posts: 431
Loc: Reno, Nevada
Originally Posted By: DQ922
How often Google map gets updated?

The Google Satellite image of my house still shows me riding my horse in 2013.

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