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#56247 - 09/08/19 06:26 PM Small campsite on N side after junction
Markhurwitz Offline


Registered: 08/16/19
Posts: 7
Loc: California
Has anyone noticed the small campsite to the North side of the trail about .2 mile after you start the accent from the junction? I mention this for those going up the west side of Whitney. I got to guitar lake early and decided to do the switchbacks that day instead of waking up at 3AM and freezing my a** off. It makes for an easy summit and then back down to one of the other camps or out the portal. There are room for about 5-6 tents.

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#56248 - 09/08/19 09:47 PM Re: Small campsite on N side after junction [Re: Markhurwitz]
MikeH Offline


Registered: 04/05/18
Posts: 61
Loc: Escondido, CA
Thanks Mark.

Someone in my Cottonwood Pass to Whitney and Back thread mentioned this spot, I believe.

Is it this?

If so, depending on how my hike from Rock Creek to Guitar Lake goes, I thought about doing the same thing you did. Any pictures?

Overall, how were temps? Mountain-forecast says it's about 30-40 at the summit but I have not had much luck with that site's accuracy in the past.


Edited by MikeH (09/08/19 09:55 PM)

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#56249 - 09/08/19 10:13 PM Re: Small campsite on N side after junction [Re: Markhurwitz]
WanderingJim Offline


Registered: 02/09/15
Posts: 282
Loc: California
Yeah, those are the bivy sites.

Sorry, but not really a secret.
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#56250 - 09/09/19 12:12 AM Re: Small campsite on N side after junction [Re: WanderingJim]
britonwhit(ney) Offline


Registered: 03/06/14
Posts: 79
Loc: UK
My favourite spot!

Further advantages include:
1) You don't waste any time packing your kit up pre-summit hike; you can roll out of bed, pull your shoes on and start hiking.
2) Your tent is dry by the time you get back to it post-summit, rather than carrying a wet tent all day.
3) You've had a nice extra dose of acclimatisation
4) You get to feel really smug as you look down at the string of head-torches winding their way slowly up the mountain...

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#56251 - 09/09/19 08:14 AM Re: Small campsite on N side after junction [Re: WanderingJim]
Markhurwitz Offline


Registered: 08/16/19
Posts: 7
Loc: California
I don't think I said or implied that it was a secret. Apology accepted.

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#56259 - 09/10/19 08:06 AM Re: Small campsite on N side after junction [Re: MikeH]
Markhurwitz Offline


Registered: 08/16/19
Posts: 7
Loc: California
Hi Mike,
Temps were in the high 30ís at night. Top of Whitney was 65* when I summited, but that was at noon.

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#56261 - 09/10/19 10:01 AM Re: Small campsite on N side after junction [Re: Markhurwitz]
MikeH Offline


Registered: 04/05/18
Posts: 61
Loc: Escondido, CA
Originally Posted By: Markhurwitz
Hi Mike,
Temps were in the high 30ís at night. Top of Whitney was 65* when I summited, but that was at noon.


Awesome. Thanks Mark.

All the best.

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