Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail

Posted by: Steve C

Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 06/04/10 10:44 AM

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.

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Posted by: Steve C

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 11/21/17 10:21 PM

Posted on Instagram by Ryan H
His caption: "we were the only ones there 11/17/17"


Posted by: Steve C

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 12/20/17 09:41 PM

Posted on Instagram, Dec 20, 2017, by Ryley F


Lone Pine Lake

Posted by: Steve C

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 12/21/17 09:59 PM

Mario T made it to the summit Dec 20.

He wrote on FB:
I made it to the summit yesterday. The weather changed yesterday majorly and made the Mt Whitney trail conditions a bit more difficult There is plenty of ice on the trail starting around 8500 elevation and going to about 10 000 ft elevation. After that snow is consistent all the way up the summit. The night before last night I slept on the Mt Whitney Trail Crest and the wind was pretty dramatic. The temperature dropped below - 20F( that was the max on my keychain) and stayed consistently like that over 13000 ft throughout the day yesterday. The snow is very firm on higher elevation so micro spikes or crampons are helpful. Ice axe is a given. Happy Trails and Happy Holidays!

His picture:
Posted by: Snacking Bear

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 12/22/17 01:42 AM

Sitting in the VC lot now. Thanks!
Posted by: Steve C

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 01/25/18 12:17 PM

Posted on Instagram, Jan 23, 2018 by codymayer22

His caption: Whitney Portal Road, looking beautiful after a night of snow

Posted by: Ren

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 01/26/18 07:15 PM

so is whitney portal road open?
Posted by: Christian

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 01/28/18 09:12 AM

I assume everyone has a permit? When will the roads and trails open up again?

Thank you in advance 😃
Posted by: Bob West

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 01/28/18 09:31 AM

Don't count on it being open until Spring. Call the Inyo FS number listed on this link:

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/inyo/recreation
Posted by: Lindy25

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 01/30/18 03:38 PM

Any recent reports up Whitney Trail?

I talked to the Rangers at Lone Pine - they mentioned a lot of freeze-thaw cycles creating icy areas at higher elevations. They thought no crampons or ice axe needed until above Lone Pine Lake.

I plan to head up there this wknd and hike the extra 4 miles with the closed gate, and would appreciate any recent insight!
Posted by: Bob West

Re: Current Conditions: Mt Whitney Trail - 01/30/18 04:05 PM

No local reports that I've heard regarding the Whitney trail. Maybe Moosie has heard something.

I talked with a snow-surveyor friend last night, and he said that the surveyors had to carry their skis over Kearsarge Pass last week: no skiable snow. It is looking pretty dry south of Onion Valley, but above 12000 on Whitney it will be very icey. Ice axe and crampons needed for certain; not micro-spikes and poles.