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Older Trail Conditions - Mt Whitney Trail, 2020
#56608 01/07/20 08:53 PM
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        Out-of-date Mt Whitney Trail Conditions -- 2020

The posts below have been moved from the main Current Conditions thread for trail reports during 2020.
(Posts are moved periodically after they no longer represent current conditions.)

Previous years:
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2019
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2018
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2017
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2016
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2015
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2014
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2013
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2012
    Whitney Main Trail Conditions 2011

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56670 02/12/20 09:55 AM
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Vitaly C climbed the the North Fork route (not the Main Trail), and then climbed the East Face, Hairline route.
Here are several pictures from his blog.

Their camp just south of Upper Boy Scout Lk.


They spent the night on a ledge half way up. Here's dawn:


Descending the Final 400 back to the notch.



Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
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Picture from Connie K on FB:
Looking up the route toward the Mountaineers Route from Lower Boyscout Lake. (This is not part of the summer Main Trail route.)


Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56718 02/27/20 10:43 PM
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After a little fresh snow two days ago, pictures from Ayelet B on Facebook, of their climb of Thor Peak.


Top of the chute just below Lower Boy Scout Lake, Thor Peak.



Upper Boy Scout Lake in the lower right. Mt Whitney and Mt Russell


Looking at Consultation Lake and the Main Trail approach to Trail Camp, from the top of Thor.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56727 03/01/20 02:27 PM
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Graham A and his wife climbed the Main Trail to Trail Crest and a little more before turning around due to dangerous steep snow conditions.

His report is here: Mount Whitney Trail, 2/25/2020, up to 13.6K

Here's his picture looking down from Trail Crest toward Trail Camp:

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #56758 03/21/20 11:44 AM
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Magnificent photography!! You are a very fortunate person to be able to visit places like that and take such brilliant pictures.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #57090 05/25/20 11:07 AM
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Greetings, I have a main trail day permit for the back half of June and would appreciate any trail conditions readers here might have, particularly with regard to snow conditions on the switchbacks. Much obliged and GLTA.

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
jetav8ter #57091 05/25/20 01:04 PM
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Originally Posted by jetav8ter
Greetings, I have a main trail day permit for the back half of June and would appreciate any trail conditions readers here might have, particularly with regard to snow conditions on the switchbacks. Much obliged and GLTA.
The switchbacks will likely be open by mid-June. Currently, the snowcover is slightly less than on this same date in 2018, and most people were using the switchbacks by June 16 during that year:
http://www.whitneyzone.com/wz/ubbthreads.php/topics/53085/When_will_Mt_Whitney_switchbac
http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snowapp/sweq.action

There'll almost certainly be some lingering patches of snow that you'll have to cross in mid-late June, but you'll probably be able to safely get through them without needing crampons or microspikes. My main concern would be obtaining those permits, as they may be cancelled until June 30, and the gate on Whitney Portal Road is expected to stay closed until then:
https://www.facebook.com/inyonf/

"Inyo National Forest Provides Wilderness Permits Virtually, Effective June 1, except Mt. Whitney
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The exception to this is Mt. Whitney day and overnight permits, which are being cancelled one week in advance of the hiking start day. Please see Inyo County guidance. Mt. Whitney is a high use trail and where rescues and recoveries are common. Whitney Portal Road remains closed at the lower gate.

People who have been awarded a permit reservation for Mt. Whitney on the Inyo National Forest will receive a notice from recreation.gov that notifies them that their reservation has been cancelled and a refund have been issued. There is no action required from you at this time. The credit card used to make the original reservation will be refunded."

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Big Pine #57096 05/25/20 10:09 PM
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I found this picture of the gate on Whitney Portal Road, taken May 16, 2020.

The gate is at the parking lot just past the Hogback Road junction, 3.5 miles from the Mt Whitney Trailhead. Elevation about 6600', so about 1700' vertical elevation below the trailhead. GPS coordinates: 36.5960,-118.2067

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #57339 06/20/20 08:29 AM
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Here's a picture I took yesterday from Mt. Gould. You can see (all the way on the left) that the North side of Whitney still has a decent amount of snow, as expected.

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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Steve C #57409 06/23/20 11:25 PM
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The road to Whitney Portal is now open, and people are getting their reserved permits. You have to call the Wilderness Permit office, (keep trying repeatedly until you get through).

LostInMtn posted pictures of the trail here: Whitney Current Conditions/Reopening

Here's one at the worst of the Cables section:


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Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail
Panamint #57476 06/26/20 06:41 PM
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The trail is closed until at least July 2nd per Inyo national Forest due to the rockslide.


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