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#55942 - 08/12/19 08:21 AM Re: What's the real elevation of Mt. Whitney? [Re: Steve C]
nyker Offline

Registered: 07/26/12
Posts: 219
Loc: New York
Originally Posted By: Steve C
Picture at Trail Crest from 1964. From Paul W, pictures from a trip his father and brother took:

Ah. cool pic. I seem to remember seeing a sign with that elevation somehere. Was there another one placed somewhere? When was that removed?

#55954 - 08/12/19 05:43 PM Re: What's the real elevation of Mt. Whitney? [Re: nyker]
Paul Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 205
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Just got done watching the movie, "High Sierra" starring Humphrey Bogart. In this 1941 picture, if you haven't seen it, the movie has several scenes in Lone Pine and the road to the Portal.

Anyway, at the beginning of the movie, Bogart is at a gas station with Mt Whitney in the background. The attendant mentions Mt Whitney is the highest peak in the USA at 14,501 feet...... again, 1941.


#56046 - 08/18/19 04:39 PM Re: What's the real elevation of Mt. Whitney? [Re: nyker]
StorminMatt Offline

Registered: 06/20/19
Posts: 46
Loc: Norcal
Originally Posted By: nyker
On this subject...I see varying elevations for Trail Crest, 13,777ft from past notes and articles or 13,600ft from the sign. Which one is correct? Or are these measured at different spots along that ridge above the chute or switchbacks and both correct just measured from different spots?

This could be. I would imagine that the elevation of Trail Crest is the actual elevation at the notch itself (ie the entrance into Sequoia NP). The trail is, of course, somewhat higher at the top of the switchbacks. But Iím not sure whether it is 177ft higher when it starts to descend to Trail Crest.

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